What does a theatrical producer do?
Producers raise finances, book theatres, negotiate and issue contracts, and manage how the budget is spent. They organise and manage technical, stage management, and workshop functions, and are responsible for ensuring a successful project all the way through to the first live performance.
Day-to-day operations include:
- agreeing projects with financial backers
- sourcing and booking theatres, agreeing production timelines, and setting ticket prices
- hiring a PR and marketing team
- scheduling rehearsals and performances
- recruiting production and technical teams, including backstage staff
- holding regular meetings with directors, creative teams, and artists
- ensuring legal compliance such as copyright law, insurance liability, loyalties, payroll, and tax
- securing rights to future production for film and television
What do I need to do to become a theatrical producer?
There are no specific qualifications required, however a degree or HND in a media-related subject will really increase your chances of work, or you can get into the industry by taking an apprenticeship. You will need to get experience, develop a track record in the industry, and gain a detailed understanding of the management and technical processes involved in theatre production.
- GCSEs (A – C) or equivalent
- HND or A levels
- Creative apprenticeship
- Degree (media or theatre-related)
- Technical theatre: lighting, sound, and stage apprenticeship (levels 2 and 3)
- Live events and promotion apprenticeship (levels 2 and 3)
- Broadcasting technology degree apprenticeship (Level 6)
- Creative portfolio
- Health and safety
- First aid
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
You could be working in a small touring company or a large commercial one, such as those in London’s West End. There is growing demand for alternative theatres too, such as mobile and fringe theatres, or educational touring theatres. Be prepared to work long and unsociable hours, sometimes away from home.