A comprehensive text and indispensable reference for all arts managers.

Theatre Management, delivers a broad, comprehensive wide-angle view of theater and performing arts management, based on the premise that all the performing arts share the same core issues: producing or presenting artistically satisfying works in accord with their missions, finding and keeping an audience, providing for the financial and creative well-being of an organization or production, and maintaining good personal and public relations

Beyond addressing management issues specific to legitimate theater, Theatre Management also deals with broader issues that affect all of the performing arts: mission statements, legal organization and structure, not-for-profit organizations, personnel, place of performance, budgeting, box office/ticketing, fundraising, marketing, public relations, advertising, and performance management.

In this thorough, informed and informative updating of Stephen Langley’s classic Theatre Management in America, Conte addresses the needs and concerns confronting 21st Century managers

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David M. Conte is a theatre manager working on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. He is also an experienced manager of musicals on the road. Additional credits include work in regional theatre and touring international ballet and opera companies. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Stephen Langley (1938-1997) was a pioneer in the field of Theatre and Arts Management. His ground breaking book Theatre Management and Production in America combined with his graduate program in Performing Arts Management at Brooklyn College/City University of New York set the standard of training and professionalism for the field. He was a member of the City University’s doctoral theatre faculty and former president of the Association of Arts Administration Educators. He was the author of other QSM titles: Producers on Producing and Jobs in Arts and Media Management. Langley bequeathed rights to Theatre Management and Production in America to colleague David Conte who has revised, updated, and expanded Langley’s classic.

Theatre Management is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in a career in the performing arts. This resource should be useful to many already working in the industry, as well.”
—Michael M. Kaiser, President  The John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2001-2014)

“Conte’s revision of the Langely text is a significant contribution to the professional and educational 21st century performing arts management industries.”
—Joseph V, Melillo, Executive President, BAM

“Not only should this book be on every arts manager’s desk, but in fact, there’s no other theater management book like it.”
—Cecil C, Conner Jr., Managing Director, Houston Ballet (1997-2011)

Most Thorough Theatre Management Book Ever.

A bible for theatre management.

Literally everything you need to put on a production—whether it be theatrical, musical, or dance.