What does an Executive Producer do?

An Executive Producer plays a strategic role, overseeing multiple productions or the entire theatre company. They provide high-level guidance and support but are less involved in the day-to-day operations like a Producer is. 

What are the main responsibilities of an Executive Producer?

  • Secure funding and financial support for the production 
  • Build relationships with investors, sponsors, and donors to ensure financial backing
  • Develop long-term strategies for the theatre company or production season
  • Make decisions about the overall direction and vision of the company
  • Hire key personnel, such as producers, directors, and designers
  • Provide leadership and ensure that the team aligns with the company's goals and vision
  • Ensure that stakeholder expectations are met and keep them informed about the production's progress

What qualifications do I need to be an Executive Producer?

There are no specific qualifications required to become an Executive Producer, however here are some useful subjects and courses that you can study to gain knowledge and experience:

  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Arts management
  • Business 
  • Maths 

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What skills do I need to be an Executive Producer?

  • Theatre production experience
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Business management
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Financial planning
  • Negotiating skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

What does a career as an Executive Producer look like?

Working towards becoming an Executive Producer involves a strategic combination of education, gaining relevant experience, developing key skills, and building a professional network. Consider degrees in theatre, arts management, business, communications, or a related field. Later, work as an Assistant Producer, Production Assistant, or in other entry-level roles in theatre production. You can also work in stage management to build your understanding of the technical process. Gaining hands-on experience will help you to develop the necessary skills. 

How much does an Executive Producer earn?

An Executive Producer based with a company can earn around £38-£45k+  per year. If you are a freelancer, you can set your own rate based on your experience and the scale of the show and/or tour. Equity rates for a freelance Producer for 2024 suggest a day rate of £173 minimum. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less. 

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Published" 9th June 2024

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