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How a theatre company is organized often determines its success. Why a company was formed in the first place is also of critical importance. Good research and planning, plus laying a solid foundation will serve you well long after the initial work has been completed.

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Start-Up Basics | Bylaws | Mission Statements | Nonprofit Incorporation

 

 

Additional Resources

  • Theatre Folk: Our explanations of tasks & responsibilities of actors, directors, designers, producers, publicity managers, stage managers. |details

  • Center for Nonprofit Management, Supplying management, training and technology assistance to nonprofit organizations. |details

  • For an overview of the incorporation process, see the website of the Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (MAP). |details

 

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  • Reference books on all aspects of theatre, including start-up, governance and fundraising (samples below)  |details

  • Americans For the Arts.  Publications, advocacy, and much more. The organization's publications on management, volunteerism, and advocacy are especially helpful. 
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Helpful Books

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How to Start Your Own Theater Company

Theatre Management

Running Theaters

Producing Theatre

How to Start Your Own Theater Company

by Reginald Nelson

Theatre Management

by David M. Conte

Running Theaters

by Duncan M. Webb

Producing Theatre

by Donald C. Farber

Building the Successful Theater Company

Performing Arts Management

"Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide" cover

Building the Successful Theater Company

by Lisa Mulcahy

Performing Arts Management:
A Handbook
of Professional Practices

by Tobie S. Stein and Jessica Bathurst

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide
by Bruce R. Hopkin

 

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