Chap13 - Chapter 13: Directing and Producing Playwright...

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Chapter 13: Directing and Producing Playwright Director Producer Playwright Director Producer Functions are distinct yet entwined Writing, producing, and directing come together in a variety of ways and meet in production
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Producers have the financial and managerial tasks of making productions available to the public Producers influence artistic decisions through their willingness or unwillingness (or ability/inability) to meet the requests of artists Producers are responsible for staying within a budget and for recovering the investment made in the production, if possible The Producer
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Broadway Producers: Generally consist of organizations, groups of individuals, or consortia Raise necessary capital Receive payment for services + a large percentage of profits The Producer
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Broadway Producers: Broadway productions costs = millions $ Success as unpredictable Producers get backing from many people or many groups due to level of risk The Producer
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Broadway Producers: Negotiate contracts with all personnel; must deal with up to 11 unions representing artists and other personnel Rent spaces for rehearsals; lease auditoriums for performances The Producer
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Broadway Producers: Arrange for publicity and ticket sales Administer payroll , keep financial records , make reports to investors The Producer
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Professional Resident Companies: Managing Director or Producing Director deals with financing and marketing Both Managing Director and Artistic Director work to raise funds , along with Board of Directors These companies cannot support activities strictly from box office income, so grants and contributions are pursued The Producer
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What do YOU think? As noted on the previous slide, many professional resident companies cannot support their activities strictly from box office income, and consequently must pursue grants and funding from other sources. 1. Why do you suppose these theatres have difficulty profiting from theatrical productions? 2. How do capital and profit operate in movies and popular music? How is this similar to how capital and profit operate in Broadway productions? 3. In what ways might theatrical offerings be limited if all theatres produced only works that had mass appeal?
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The Producer Community Theatres: Organization itself usually acts as producer Volunteers carry out most duties, under supervision of organization’s officers and board of directors Educational Theatre: Producer’s function often divided among many people
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Tasks of producing are much the same, regardless of the type of organization Who performs the functions and how they are performed vary The Producer
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Most permanent organizations present a season of several plays Considerations for season selection: Offering a variety of periods and forms
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course THE 1000 taught by Professor Chu during the Spring '10 term at Santa Fe College.

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Chap13 - Chapter 13: Directing and Producing Playwright...

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