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Project Planning for the Stage

Project Planning for the Stage

Tools and Techniques for Managing Extraordinary Performances

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Rich Dionne


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
200 pages, 8 x 10, 47 illustrations


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About the Book

Author Rich Dionne reframes theatre production as a project and provides essential tools for understanding and managing it efficiently, whether it be a stage play, an opera, a dance piece, or other performance that requires the collaboration of the artists and artisans creating the visual and aural landscape for it.
Project Planning for the Stage is organized into four sections corresponding to the life cycle of a theatre production: defining the goals and scope of the production and assembling the crew; planning, estimating, and scheduling; executing and managing; and closing and strike. Each section focuses on relevant concepts and skills and outlines the application of effective project-planning procedures and techniques—including critical path analysis and Gantt charts.
This book will be a valuable addition to the libraries of technical managers in live entertainment. Technical directors, costume shop managers, master electricians, properties masters, and video supervisors—anyone managing even part of a production—need to understand project-planning concepts such as the boundaries of authority and responsibility, parametric and bottom-up estimates, and precedence diagrams. The incredibly useful and powerful tools outlined in this book allow any technical manager to deliver the best possible outcome for a production.


Rich Dionne is an assistant professor and faculty technical director in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance at Purdue University. He has published articles in TD&T and Stage Directions. He has served as the production manager at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and as the technical director for the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Alpine Theatre Project, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, and Dorset Theatre Festival.


""Project Planning for the Stage " is a complete and comprehensive course of instruction and very highly recommended for community theatre, community library, college and university library Theatrical Production collections."— James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

“Dionne has taken the science of project management and translated it into the art of theatre. By distilling foundational concepts into practical examples, he takes the reader on a journey to improve both their personal practices and their production outcomes.”—Mark Shanda, coauthor of Drafting for the Theatre