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Encyclopedia > Theatrical producer

A theatrical producer is the person ultimately responsible for overseeing all aspects of mounting a theatrical production. The producer's primary goal is to balance and coordinate the business and financial aspects of mounting a show against the creative realization of the playwright's vision. The producer is generally responsible for securing funds for the production, either through his or her own company or by taking on investors in the production via a limited partnership agreement. The producer options the play, negotiates royalty agreements with playwrights, negotiates with the unions, secures the theatre and rehearsal halls, secures liability and workers' compensation insurance for all production personnel and posts bonds with the union.


The producer has the final authority in the theatrical production as they are ultimately responsible for the negotiation of all contracts connected with the production, including all employment contracts. Although the producer is responsible for hiring the creative team, this is generally done in consultation with the director and the playwright who generally have artistic approvals over the designers. The producer hires the production team including the General Manager, Production Manager, House Manager, Stage Manager etc. at his or her own descretion. In many cases the producer is required to use front of house and in some cases backstage personnel connected with the theatre. Although most producer's retain final casting approval, most do not exercise this authority - leaving casting decisions to the director.


The producer is responsible for creating and overseeing the budget. He or she sets ticket prices, performance dates & times and develops a marketing & advertising strategy for the production. The hiring of a Publicist and Marketing team is one of the most important responsibilities of the producer. These teams are generally in place before the show is cast.


The producer is responsible for ensuring that all bills including payroll are paid on time. He or she develops all financial forecasts and is responsible for presenting accurate financial statements.


Typically, the term producer is used in reference to commercial or amateur productions. In non-profit professional theatre the producer's primary bussiness responsibilities generally fall on the Managing Director with creative decisions falling under the pervue of the Artistic Director. In theatres where there is no Managing Director, Artistic Directors often take on the title Producing Artistic Director or Managing Artistic Director, to indicate their higher level of responsibility. Managing director is the term used for the chief executive of many limited companies in the United Kingdom and some other English speaking countries. ... The artistic director of a theatre is responsible for choosing the material staged in a season, and the hiring of creative/production personnel (such as directors), as well as other theatre management tasks. ... Managing director is the term used for the chief executive of many limited companies in the United Kingdom and some other English speaking countries. ...


In Britain, "producer" sometimes refers to the stage director.

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List of notable theatrical producers

United States

David Belasco, between 1898 and 1916. ... Roger S. Berlind (1931-) is a New York City theatrical producer and director of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ... Mel Brooks in the 2005 film of The Producers Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, writer, director, and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies, or as he says, spoofs. ... Arthur Cantor (March 12, 1920 – April 08, 2001) was an American theatrical producer of over 100 plays in New York, London, and elsewhere. ... Katharine Cornell was born on February 16, 1893 (although most sources cite the incorrect year of 1898) in Berlin, Germany to American parents, and raised in Buffalo, New York. ... Abraham Lincoln Erlanger (May 4, 1859 – March 7, 1930) was a theatrical producer, director, designer, theatre owner, and a leading figure of the Theatrical Syndicate. ... Charles Frohman (1860 - 1915) was a U.S. theatre manager. ... Daniel Frohman ( August 22, 1851 - December 26, 1940) American theatrical producer and manager. ... Gustave Frohman was a theatre producer and advance man. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is a record executive, film and theatrical producer, and philanthropist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ... Leland Hayward (September 13, 1902 - March 18, 1971) was a popular, powerful and wealthy Hollywood and Broadway agent and theatrical producer. ... Elia Kazan, (Greek Ηλίας Καζάν), (September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was an American film and theatre director and producer. ... John Kenley and friend, late 1970’s. ... Marcus Alonzo Klaw (May 29, 1858 – June 14, 1936) was an American lawyer, theatrical producer, theatre owner, and a leading figure of the Theatrical Syndicate. ... Mick Leavitt (1959 - ), also known as Michael Leavitt[1] is the President[2] of Landmark Education, LLC, as well as a member of its Board of Directors[3]. He is also a Theatrical producer in Chicago, Illinois. ... Mitch Leigh (born January 30, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Jewish-American writer of musical theatre and theatrical producer best known for the show Man Of La Mancha. ... Gilbert Heron Miller (July 3, 1884 - January 2, 1969) was a major American theatrical producer. ... Henry Miller (c. ... David Merrick (November 27, 1911 - April 25, 2000) was an American theatrical producer and director, associated with both musicals and dramas, brilliant successes and embarrassing fl ops. ... Joseph Papp (1921 - 1991) was an American theatre producer and director. ... Henry Codman Potter (November 13, 1904 - August 31, 1977) was an American theatrical producer/director and a motion picture director. ... Hal Prince (born January 30, 1928), full name Harold Smith Prince, is a American theatrical producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the past half-century. ... An autographed photo of Richard Rodgers Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was one of the great composers of musical theater, best known for his song writing partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. He wrote more than 900 published songs, and forty Broadway musicals. ... Sir Philip Rose, 1st Baronet (12 April 1816 – 17 April 1883) was the son of William Rose, an Assistant Surgeon in the British Indian Army and Charlotte Rose (born Baly). ... Irene Mayer Selznick (April 2, 1907 - October 10, 1990) was an American theatrical producer. ... ... Michael Todd (real name Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) (June 22, 1907 or 19091 - March 22, 1958) was an American film producer who is best known for his production of Around the World in Eighty Days 1956, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. ... Albert Herman Woods born Aladore Herman (1870 - 24 April 1951) American theatrical producer. ... 1928 Time cover featuring Ziegfeld Florenz Ziegfeld (March 21, 1869–July 22, 1932) was a Jewish-American Broadway impresario who achieved fame by perfecting the United States revue. ...

United Kingdom

The Old Vic Theatre. ... Alfred Bunn (born April 8, 1796 in London; died December 20, 1860 in Boulogne-sur-Mer) was an English theatrical manager. ... Poster from Dance and Carylls The Girl from Paris, 1897 George Dance (October 14, 1857 - 1932), was an English librettist in the 1890s and an important theatrical manager at the beginning of the 20th Century. ... Richard DOyly Carte (May 3, 1844 – April 3, 1901) was a London theatrical impresario during the latter half of the nineteenth century. ... Rupert DOyly Carte, born Hampstead, London, November 3, 1876, was an English hotelier and impresario, best known as proprietor of the DOyly Carte Opera Company from 1913 to 1948. ... George Edwardes (d. ... Robert Evett was a theatre manager and producer. ... Portrait of David Garrick David Garrick (February 19, 1717 – January 20, 1779) was an English actor, dramatist, theatrical producer and theatrical manager, and a friend and pupil of Samuel Johnson. ... George Grossmith, Jr. ... Fred Karno - the stage name of Frederick John Westcott (March 26, 1866 - September 18, 1941) - was a theatre impressario. ... Sir Cameron Mackintosh (born 17 October 1946 in Enfield) is a successful British theatrical producer. ... Thomas German Reed (June 27, 1817–March 21, 1888) was an English composer and theatrical manager best known for creating the German Reed Entertainments, a genre of musical plays that made theatre-going respectable at a time when the stage was considered disreputable. ...

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The producer is generally responsible for securing funds for the production, either through his or her own company or by taking on investors in the production via a limited partnership agreement.
Although the producer is responsible for hiring the creative team, this is generally done in consultation with the director and the playwright who generally have artistic approvals over the designers.
In non-profit professional theatre the producer's primary bussiness responsibilities generally fall on the Managing Director with creative decisions falling under the pervue of the Artistic Director.
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Give all participating writers an opportunity to view a cut of the film in sufficient time so that any editing suggestions made by the writer concerning the film, if approved, could be reasonably and effectively implemented.
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