Production Roles in Performing Arts Research

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Production Roles in the Performing Arts Industry

Artistic Director

Roles and Responsibilities:
Artistic Directors are mainly responsible for creating, developing and employing the artistic “vision” of the production company. They are also inconceivably involved in the development of making the production more aesthetically pleasing, often consulting with the Chief Administrative Officer. Sometimes these two roles are combined into one.

Other responsibilities include: hiring, and constantly checking on and helping other artistic members of the crew, e.g. the stage manager and performers; hiring and constantly helping technical directors, and other important people involved in the performance; developing an annual budget for the program; acting as a spokesperson during public appearances and/or fundraising events; directing some productions; reporting progress to the Board Of Directors regularly; helping make sure that rules are maintained; and creating relationships with other organisations, by participating in meetings and gatherings when suitable.

Employment:
Usually, artistic directors are employed on a long term basis for a specific production company, although sometimes they will be brought in to a specific performance, as they may be experienced in a certain field. Artistic directors for ballet companies are often retired dancers, unlike artistic directors in general theatre, who will usually not be experienced in performing. These directors are employed in: film and video businesses; TV; and generic theatres. Job opportunities in this field are quite poor, due to competition.

Training/Qualifications:
Although no specific training or qualification is required for this job, significant experience in this field, such as in choreography, directing plays, or script writing, is expected to become an artistic director. Useful subjects to have qualifications in include: English, Performing Arts, Film and Theatre Production, Classics, History, Music and Business Management.

Some very useful personal skills include: creativity; imagination; influence; patience; focus; good at team leading; communication and people skills; persistence; culturally aware; able to make decisions, and cope under pressure.

Salary:
Salaries within this job vary extensively, due to deviations in levels of experience, however the average salary range is around £21750 - £31900 p.a. Obviously, this means that some artistic directors feel the need to complete other jobs, to supplement their income, which may be so low for such a hard job because of the recession, which mean that not so many people go to theatres anymore.

Stage Manager

Roles and Responsibilities:
There are many responsibilities that Stage Managers are expected to fulfil. It is important that stage managers work with and closely support the directors, actors, and the rest of the production team in a professional manner throughout all of the rehearsal process. Required to record blocking, scheduling, technical and set notes in an important document called “The Book”, this important job role is an additional means of communication between actors and directors, also enabling directors to have a less stressful time trying to do too many things at once.

Other responsibilities include: scheduling and helping to run rehearsals; coordinating the stage crew; helping organise and cue performers during the performance; overseeing the performance when performed (taking over the directing position); marking out the floor, appropriate to the stage; helping in technical rehearsals; notify other members of changes in meetings; keeping an eye on props organisation; calling for breaks and efficiently managing time; planning for set changes; arranging basic catering; and of absolute paramount importance, caring for the cast.

Employment:
Stage managers can be employed in all theatre companies in the UK, whether they be touring or commercial. Jobs can be found in...
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