Job description of the company manager for a theatre

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Job description of the company manager for a theatre
Company managers handle details involved in making live theatre happen. (at the office image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

A company manager coordinates human resources and other logistical details for the company of artists and technicians associated with a given production or series of productions. She is employed by a theatrical producer or professional theatre-producing organisation.

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Scope of Work

The scope of a company manager's job depends on the size and location of the production or producing organisation. For example, company managers for Broadway and commercial touring shows have much broader job responsibilities than those working in non-profit resident theatres.

Human Resources Function

The company manager may be responsible for ensuring that employment contracts are properly drafted, executed and adhered to; administering payroll and artists' other compensation and benefits; processing worker compensation claims; creating budgets associated with staff-related expenses and assuring compliance with applicable union regulations.

Logistical Management Function

A company manager is often responsible for coordinating staff travel arrangements, assuring appropriate housing accommodations are provided when necessary, arranging tickets for guests of the producer or other staff, planning social events and coordinating other special projects for the producer or producing organisation.

Producer's Representative

The company manager serves as the producer's representative to the artists and technicians employed by the production or organisation. Communications between a producer and employees, as well as outside contractors, unions and regulatory agencies, are often mediated by the company manager.

Union Jurisdiction

A professional company manager working on Broadway and in certain other theatrical markets is within the jurisdiction of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM), a trade union affiliated with AFL-CIO. Not all company managers are members of the union.

Compensation

Compensation for a professional company manager varies widely, depending on geographic location and union jurisdiction. The minimum weekly salary for ATPAM union members working in New York's off-Broadway theatres under the as of 2006 contract is £530.0. Broadway and touring company managers may earn two or three times as much.

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