Theater managers are responsible for the general maintenance and profitability of their theaters, from finances and staffing to physical areas such as seating, lavatories, curtains, and outside entrances. They are also in charge of the theater's ushers, security guards, and custodial team members.
Those in this position must have expert supervisory skills to oversee multiple groups of employees and ensure a seamless theater experience. After the theater closes, the manager will ensure it is clean, safe, and ready for the following night's performance; this may include changing advertisements, ordering concessions, and ensuring that security measures are in place.
These managers are also responsible for signing acts to be performed and maintaining a sound budget to maintain profitability. They often oversee advertising and promotions, as well as monitor ticket sales and attendance of each showing.
A four-year degree in business management, marketing, or a related field is generally required for this position. Long shifts should be expected, though they are not necessarily common.
Theater Manager Tasks
Negotiate and create appropriate contracts to engage all production personnel.
Work with the Artistic, Production and Facilities departments in coordinating the yearly calendar of activities, maximizing the efficiency of operations.
Work with the Director of Production, Producer and Line Producers to prepare, supervise and manage annual production budgets while maintaining strict financial discipline.
Mentor and oversee all departments to insure that the theater is in compliance with all terms of its agreements.
Manage relationships with artist unions, including AEA, USA, SDC and other appropriate associations.