Running Theaters, Second Edition: Best Practices for Leaders and Managers

Running Theaters, Second Edition: Best Practices for Leaders and Managers

by Duncan M. Webb

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Advice Culled from Interviews with More Than One Hundred Experts in the Field

In Running Theaters, management consultant and author Duncan M. Webb reveals the best practices that consistently lead to successful theater operations. Culled from surveys and interviews with theater managers and experts in crucial functional areas, this guide provides important tips for all people who work or want to work in regional, campus, and community-based theaters. Updated to reflect changes in the field, this second edition includes information on recent programming trends, marketing in the digital age, and the evolving role of theaters in economic and community development. Chapters discuss topics such as:
  • Front- and back-of-house operations
  • Managing nonprofit and commercial renters
  • Building and managing a board of directors
  • The financial management of theaters
  • The necessary skills and attributes of a successful theater manager
  • The unique opportunities and challenges of operating historic, outdoor, and campus-based theaters.
Every theater manager needs this invaluable guide filled with the proven strategies of managers, staff, and volunteer leaders covering virtually every aspect of running a theater—from drawing audiences and fundraising to facility development and community involvement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621537281
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 782,373
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Duncan M. Webb is the founder and president of Webb Management Services, a management consulting firm serving the arts and cultural industries. He has spent forty years in the field as a consultant, teacher, speaker, author, and producer. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Theater Manager's Job and the Operating Context 1

Chapter 2 Facility Operations 19

Chapter 3 Programming Theaters 31

Chapter 4 Audience Development 57

Chapter 5 The Financial Management of Performing Arts Facilities 83

Chapter 6 Fundraising for Performing Arts Facilities 95

Chapter 7 Facility Development 107

Chapter 8 Strategic Planning for Performing Arts Facilities 133

Chapter 9 Staff and Volunteer Management 149

Chapter 10 Board Development 163

Chapter 11 Education and Performing Arts Facilities 179

Chapter 12 Performing Arts Facilities and Community Engagement 191

Chapter 13 Managing Historic Theaters 201

Chapter 14 Managing Campus Theaters 213

Chapter 15 Final Words 225

Bibliography 233

Facility Manager Biographies 235

Index 257

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