Computer Programs for
Computers are an essential part of modern life, and it is hard to imagine a time before
they existed. In a short 20 years or so, they have drastically changed the way the world works,
especially in a technical ﬁeld like theatre production. Of course computers don’t make anyone
more artistic, but they do make just about everyone more efﬁcient. From spreadsheets for the
box ofﬁce to playwriting, it’s hard to do theatre today without computers.
I have picked out four programs that are really essential to theatre production, and have
written a short description of why they are important, plus a few tips on getting started. If
you are like me, the best way to get started with a new program is just to play around with
it and determine how to navigate through its features. After you’ve gotten your feet wet, you
can ﬁnd a guide to help you learn more about the nuances of the programs.
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