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 (P.M. 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.
Through the support of organizations like the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT) and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), the P.M.Arts conference brings together working arts managers from across Canada to learn from, and share with, other managers and those wanting to manage. This skills exchange and the networking opportunities provided by this conference make it a “must attend” event.
Dates for the 2011 Toronto P.M.Arts Conference are Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 27, 2011. Visit the P.M.Arts website for more information.
To see the course calendar & list of courses, click here.
To learn more about this year's conference, click here.
To read about our roundtable discussion for Educational PMs & TDs, click here.