Many playwrights serve multiple roles in their stage play from writer to director to producer. Some even tackle taking on a role in the cast. That’s a lot of irons in the fire. Today, I’m going
to share a few strategies I used for easing the role of theater production, which includes overseeing the financial, managerial, and logistical responsibilities of your play.
One of the most important roles of the producer is to find financial backing for the production. In this capacity, the producer must pitch the play to wealthy investors. The producer will also keep the investors updated on casting, rehearsals, ticket sales, and other production changes and issues that might have an impact on box office sales. After securing the funding you need, the producer also helps set and manage the budget to ensure you have everything you need at prices the budget can withstand.
The producer also searches for and finds the right director to direct the actors through rehearsals. The director’s role is to coach and guide the actors into a stellar performance. In addition to interviewing directors, the producer might also have a hand in selecting the host theater. They’ll save a lot of time by requesting theater costs packages and setting up site visits.
The producer can also make your life easier, and make your play run smoothly by hiring the support staff you need. From stagehands to lighting technicians to costume designers, putting the right support staff in place can take a load off your mind while simultaneously making sure every I is dotted, and T is crossed. The right producer can even help secure liability insurance (if the theater does not provide it).
You can see how invaluable the right producer can be. If you’re a newbie, you may be tempted to handle the duties of producer on your own. Let’s face it – it can be hard to trust your play in the hands of anyone else. The right producer, though, is worth their weight in gold. Choose the producer as carefully as you choose the cast and let them do what they do best – give you the assistance you need and the peace of mind you long for.
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