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5th Annual P.M.Arts Conference March 25 to 28 at Ryerson Theatre School

posted on 6:42 AM, February 8, 2012

Conference dates ANNOUNCED!

The 5th installment of the P.M.Arts Conference will be held Thursday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 25th, 2012 at the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Ontario (44 Gerrard Street). 

View Course Calendar

Single course = $45

Conference Pass = $315 *

* The Conference Pass allows you to choose 1 course per time slot over the span of the conference for a total of $315 ($35/course, actual value $405).  Upon receipt of payment, our Administrator will contact you to confirm which sessions you wish to attend.


What is P.M.Arts?

“Assessing, planning, implementing and managing the production’s human, technical, and financial resources; monitoring and ensuring the progress of same”

So says the written or implied job description of a Production Manager. Or a Director of Production. Or a Production Co-ordinator. Or a Project Manager. Or a Production Manager/Technical Director. So many names…one core function. How one manages the production process varies from theatre to stadium, but what we all have in common is the need to get our production (or season) up on time, on budget, and within a safe and positive work environment.

The Production Managing the Arts annual conference, first held in 2008, brings together industry professionals to lead participants through practical exercises and thoughtful discussions exploring key areas of entertainment management. Core “building block” sessions covering scheduling, budgeting and supportive management are fleshed out with specific workshops on such topics as Health and Safety, Contracts, Unions and Human Resources.  All sessions have an appeal for managers and production staff alike, as they offer skills development and the opportunity to share experience.


Two new courses for 2012

We continue to add more learning opportunities for our participants.  In keeping with the idea of not making the conference longer than an extended weekend, we have added two new course that will play opposite some of our standard courses.

Reviewing Revenue Streams - Funding & Finance for your Facilitywill be led by arts administrator Meredith Potter.  This session provides a look at where money comes from to support both artistic mandates and facility management, and how to tap in to it. Topics covered will include private and government money, donations, grant writing tips and a chance to brainstorm funding strategies. 

Freelance PM to Facility PM - Moving between the worlds of being "Hired" and being the "Hirer" is the brainchild of Ryan McDougall, Production Manager at Theatre Passe Muraille and previous P.M.Arts participant.  Ryan will explore the realities of being a project-based Production Manager and what other skill sets are needed when career opportunities move you into a managing a producing/rental venue.

Our regular roster of courses are back with all your favourite instructors.  Register now.


Educational PM Roundtable

Continuing the opportunity for PM & TDs from Educational Institutions to meet and discuss issues related to their mileu, we are hosting our 2nd roundtable on Sunday, March 25th at 2 p.m.  This year's "How Much Rope do you Give Them?" session is for all who deal with students of varying aptitudes on production and who question a school's role in being a filter of quality graduates to the industry

If you are interested in attending, please contact Janelle Rainville, P.M.Arts Administrator, directly to RSVP.  

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