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Technical Management for the Performing Arts by Dennis Dorn, Mark Shanda

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Chapter 2Roles

As a member of a production organization, a technical manager brings a diverse background of intellectual and acquired skills. This chapter focuses on how a technical manager interacts within a company or department during the development and life of a creative project. Much deals with personal interactions, the exchange of ideas, and “What if?” questions. In the instance of the technical manager, these often free-ranging conversations come with a caveat.

While initial concepts are brought to the table by designers, producers, and directors, those technical managers present are party to the introduction and exchange of bold conceptual ideas. At the same time, design team participants must also be mindful of the responsibility owed ...

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