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The Business of Theatre What is the difference between professional and non-professional (amateur) theatre? o Non professional is typically educational or community theater ; theatre for special audiences What is meant by Broadway theatre? Off-Broadway? Off-Off Broadway? o Broadway are shows on Broadway. Off are in Manhattan and focused on craft. Off-Off are experimental and typically all over New York o Broadway Most NY commercial theatres Over 500 seats o Off-broadway Incubator for new shows o Off-off broaway Experimental Professional and amateur controversial Can you explain the differences between commercial and not-for-profit theatre? o Commercial is for profit - makes money for investor o Some not-for-profit subsidized o Not-for-profit money breakdown- 40/40/20 (tickets/donations/other) What is the difference between a producer and an artistic director? o Producers control creation of show. They make money and distribute it to the appropriate investors. o Artistic directors supervise the artistic qualities at the theater. They raise money, pick the season, hire people, and oversee quality. How are labor unions involved in presenting professional theatre? o Labor unions often help with worker’s rights when producing shows Salary standards Contract negotiation Housing/transportation Insurance o Limit members to union theatres What are the different types of theatre unions? o AEA (actor’s equity association o USA (unites scenic artists) o SDC (stage directors and choreographers) Playwrights What is a playwright? o Someone who writes the dialogue to present the world of the play. o Creates “skeleton” of shows (stories for interpretation)
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What is the difference between ordinary language and dramatic dialogue? o Dramatic dialogue involves inventive language, speeches are more condensed, and there is stage direction. Non-verbal communication How does a playwright create and develop a play? o Start from scratch (situation, tone, plot, form, dialogue, drafts/reworking, practicalities) until it is written. Then move on to the stages of development: reading, workshop, development (amateur theaters, adds production value, obtains feedback) until finally the play is ready for full production.
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