This title takes you through the process of making shows happen from the point of view of the production manager - the person responsible for everything on stage that is not an actor. It describes different types of productions, from small-scale amateur to international opera; the role, qualities and working life of backstage teams and finally, theatre administration. The book includes information and tips on how to: work with directors and designers; cost productions realistically; run production meetings; oversee the rehearsal process; manage a production team; co-ordinate the building, painting, propping and costuming of a show; and lead the production week and technical rehearsal. There are also sections on working safely together with health and safety legislation.
Peter Dean is an experienced theatre practitioner and teacher with twenty years' experience in production and technical management. He has been responsible for the production management of 250 productions. He is deputy director of Technical Theatre at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.