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Tips and Advice for Managers, Planners, and Event Production Professionals

October 18, 2018

How to Get the Most Out of a Post Mortem in Theatre

What's the purpose of a post mortem? One often-cited reason is to discuss with your team what went well and what didn't so we can have a better process next time.

However, that assumes we’ll be working with the same team the next time around. In theatre that just isn’t the reality. We often do not work with the same people, with the same company, or in the same venue on the next show. This makes it hard to develop any type of cohesive process from one show to the next.

So, why have a post mortem if the process is never the same? How can we leave a post mortem with useful information, without feeling like we’ve all just wasted a potential day off?

Here are a few areas you can focus on to get more from a post mortem.

October 8, 2018

Theatre Safety And What We Can Learn From The Construction Industry

 

The theatre industry as a whole doesn't take safety as seriously as other industries. Construction sites, for example, have very strict rules covering every facet of their work - and with good reason given the nature of the work. As theatre practitioners, there's a lot we can learn and a lot we can collectively do better.

September 28, 2018

Live Chat with Production Managers: Pre-Production Best Practices

Yesterday we held our first live chat with members of the Theatre, Event and Venue Management Slack Group. Our topic for the month was best practices in pre-production. We compiled the conversation into a blog here. It’s been lightly edited for continuity and readability.

September 18, 2018

Understanding Technology Challenges in Theatre Education

When it comes to preparing students for the professional world, technological advancement presents us with difficult challenges. It’s hard to imagine a day going by without some of these questions being debated in every university across the country:

September 10, 2018

5 Keys to Creating Rewarding Jobs in Theatre

In the theatre, we often hear that we work in this field because we "love it." But why is that exactly? What is it about our jobs make it so rewarding? There's an answer!

In a study, Richard Hackman, Greg Oldham, and their colleagues proposed that there are 5 identifiable features of intrinsically motivating jobs. In other words, there are some specific, elements to a job that make it something someone will actually enjoy doing.

So how do our jobs in theatre stack up to these 5 factors? How might we be able to adjust things to make our jobs even more rewarding for us and our team? 

August 28, 2018

How to Manage a Theatre World Premiere

 

Back in January we published a blog about Production Managing New Works. We heard some great feedback from you so we decided to delve a little deeper with some more specifics.

While the journey of managing a world premiere has many gratifying moments, we must prepare for the unique challenges of these shows. Here are some of the biggest considerations when producing new works.

August 20, 2018

How Your Theater Can Earn Revenue in the Off Season

 

Theatre company managers who operate their own venues have an incredibly valuable resource in the form of the spaces themselves. We recently spoke with Anetha and Olivia from VenueBook  about ways theatre companies can further leverage their venues.

March 2, 2018

An Interviewer's Guide to the Theatre Conference Job Fair

Conferences are just around the corner! If you work for a regional theatre company, university, or summer stock festival, odds are you’ll be doing some recruiting. And that means hours upon hours of interviews at the conference job fairs.

We already know how stressful it can be to interview a single candidate and sweat over whether we’re making the right hiring decision. But multiply it by 25 or 50? In a single day? Are we crazy?!?!?

It makes for an exhausting day. It’s hard to find managers and technicians who will be a good fit for your company. When hiring, here are some considerations that will give you a better chance of finding the right folks, and still surviving the whole weekend.

February 18, 2018

Navigating Scope Creep in Theatre Management

You sign on for one thing, and by the end, it's turned into a whole different beast. Whether you're starting a new role or managing a production, you might be on the verge of what we refer to as Scope Creep. 

January 30, 2018

The Key to Production Managing New Theatre Works

Many theaters, particularly LORT theatres, produce a lot of new works (some even exclusively).  

For a Production Manager, there are some major differences in the planning and managing of new works vs. pre-existing shows that we don’t always fully appreciate. Failing to take these differences into account can have some pretty dire ramifications once you’re in the middle of rehearsal and tech. Let’s look at a few key things to keep in mind.

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