“If a Production Manager does their work well, without being too distracted by the inevitable tensions that the limited resources of time and money always create, they can really set the tone for the whole production and enable a Creative Team - designers, directors, actors - to do their best job.”
The Production Manager is concerned with the practical and logistical elements of a production, liaising with and co-ordinating the work of the various departments to ensure a production is delivered within budget and to schedule.
Other courses are available. Those above represent a sample from various drama schools and universities.
There are many different routes into Production Management but most involve starting backstage and comprehensively learning the technical aspects of production.
Some Production Managers follow a career pathway through Stage Management, gaining invaluable skills and experiences within the rehearsal room regarding the practicalities of staging a production.
Production Managers often progress to larger venues and bigger productions as their skills increase. Some become producers.