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

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Chapter 8Employment

Production companies are formed to allow people to join their collective knowledge, skill, and effort to achieve greater productivity than individually possible. The performing arts contrast with other art forms in that the product (the art) is formed primarily through collaboration. Unlike the painter who needs only tools and supplies or the composer who needs paper, pencil, and piano, theatre production requires some organizational structure to support the input of many individuals.

The traditional model for understanding theatre organizations is a hierarchical one (fig. 8.1), modified from the business world that in turn borrowed organizational chart design from the military. Rows of boxes with names of positions and individuals ...

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