Theater Managers

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Theater managers oversee all activities occurring in a theater. They have diverse duties depending on the specific theater. They supervise general maintenance, what events and productions take place in the theater, and ensure profitability of the theater. Their vision, actions, and decisions can mean the difference between the theater staying open or closing. They oversee the theater’s organizational structure and run the day to day activities and operations. They coordinate marketing, fundraising, budgeting, accounting, and staffing. They may work in large theaters, dinner theaters, regional theaters, summer stock theaters, or small, local theaters. Some work in theaters in hotels and casinos. Others may work in concert halls or other venues which put on an array of theatrical productions, concerts, and other events. Theater managers may also be referred to as hall managers, directors of theater operations, or venue managers.   

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Directors of Theater Operations, Hall Managers, Venue Managers
Duties Overseeing activities in theater; handling general maintenance and profitability; overseeing organizational structure; staffing; marketing; assuring compliance with union agreements; negotiating contacts
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with high demand in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Three to five years experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • General Manager
  • Theater Manager at Larger Theater
  • Theater Manager
  • Assistant Theater Manager

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