TDPS Production Manager Cary Gillett publishes "Production Manager's Toolkit"
August 18, 2016 School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
TDPS Production Manager Cary Gillett publishes The Production Manager's Toolkit: Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts with co-author Jay Sheehan.
Congratulations to TDPS Production Manager Cary Gillett on publishing The Production Manager's Toolkit: Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts! The book was published with co-author Jay Sheehan by Routledge/Focal Press.
The Production Manager’s Toolkit is a comprehensive introduction to a career in theatrical and special event production for new and aspiring professionals, given by expert voices in the field. The book discusses management techniques, communication skills, and relationship building tactics to create effective and successful production managers. With a focus on management theory, advice from top production managers provide insights into budgeting, scheduling, meetings, hiring, maintaining safety, and more. Through interviews and case studies, the history and techniques of production management are explored throughout a variety of entertainment venues: theatre, dance, opera, and special events. The book includes references, tools, templates, and checklists; and a companion website contains downloadable paperwork and links to other useful resources such as unions, venues, and vendors.
The idea for the book was conceived at USITT, as described in their "Sightlines" newsletter: http://sightlines.usitt.org/archive/2016/08/ABookConceivedAtUSITT.asp. The book is meant to provide information for successful production management that is not typically taught in school, and the lessons and tips in the book come from Gillett's and Sheehan's many years of experience in the business.