Chapter 17

Special Events

“You don’t have to be a great technician to be a successful technical director or production manager in special events … you do have to be a team-builder and a problem solver.”

- Tom Bollard, Production Manager / Technical Director for Meeting Services Inc.

All special events have a great deal in common with theatre. Both have audiences, lighting, audio, décor, scenery and performers. Scripts are often used, and sometimes even costumes are a big part of the evening. There is no doubt that corporate and special events contain elements of theatre, and a good production manager is essential to the overall success of the event.

There are many types of special events, including not-for-profit fundraisers, awards ceremonies, ...

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