General Managers

 

*Note: Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of experienced general managers. 

About General Managers

The General Manager is to a producer as the Prime Minister is to the King or Queen.

General Managers advise the Producer on what needs to be done, and will then execute the Producer’s decisions. Usually the General Manager’s experience and knowledge of Off Broadway will be an invaluable resource.

General Managers perform the day-to-day functions required to mount a show and then keep it running.

The General Manager is usually required to:

  • Prepare a detailed Production Budget, Weekly Operating Budget and Recoupment Schedule
  • Prepare a list of recommended personnel and negotiate the terms of the agreements of their employment:  Director, Choreographer, Designers (Set, Lighting, Costume, Sound) Musical, Casting, Technical Directors and Prop Manager
  • Recommend a plan regarding engaging union and/or non-union personnel and negotiate with the various unions involved.
  • Prepare a list of recommended Publicity, Advertising and Marketing firms and negotiate their terms
  • Prepare a list of the possible theatres to perform in, tour the theatres and negotiate a license agreement with the theatre.
  • Set ticket prices for the different areas of the theatre, discuss discounting and organize group sales efforts.
  • Engage a ticketing agency and supervise the setting up of the Theatre Box Office
  • Monitor the sales at the Box Office and prepare weekly reports for Producer
  • Prepare, with the accountant weekly Profit and Loss statements, including itemization of all production expenses.
  • Prepare regular reports and payments to the investors, and financial reports required by any unions and government agencies.
  • Set up the Production Bank Account and pay the productions bills, the employees’ salaries and vendor’s fees.
  • Monitor and report all income and expenditures to insure the production stays within its budgets.
  • Have an office available for meetings and inspections of the company’s books and records
  • Meet regularly with and advise the Producer on operations and strategy.
  • Organize and attend weekly marketing and/or staff meetings.
  • Prepare and supervise the load-out and financial wrapping up upon the closing of the production.

It is important for the Producer or Producers to engage a General to engage a General Manager whom they feel comfortable with and can work with, trust and rely on- one who is enthusiastic about the project and shares the Producer’s understanding of the production and the goals.

Questions for a General Manager

  1. What do you think of the project?
  2. Who do you think would be right for it as creative personnel?
  3. Who do you think would be right for it for publicity, advertising and marketing?
  4. Which of the people and firms you recommend have you worked with before and why do you recommend them?
  5. Where do you think it ought to be presented and why?
  6. Is there a realistic chance of recoupment here? What  would have to happen for the show to succeed?
  7. What sort of lead time do you think we need and when would be a good time to open?
  8. What other projects are you working on now and will you have enough time to commit to this one?

Here’s a list of experienced general managers who often work Off Broadway:

Robert Ahrens & Chris Aniello
Live Wire Theatrical Management
212-245-3455
www.livewiretheatrical.com  

Jill Bowman
Theater Mogul
646-223-0832
jill@theatermogul.com

Jamie Cesa
CESA Entertainment, Inc.
212-760-1710
jamie@cesaent.com

Carolyn Rossi Copeland & Robert E. Schneider
CRC Productions
212-730-9500
carolyn.crcprods@gmail.com

Erin Craig
La Vie Productions
646-290-7897
erin@lavieproductions.com

Laura Cronin & Scott Newsome
Briarpatch Productions
646-688-5715
info@brierpatchproductions.com

Ken Davenport *
Davenport Theatrical
212-874-5348
www.davenporttheatrical.com

Lisa Dozier
Lisa Dozier Productions
917-470-0246
lisadozier@gmail.com
www.lisadozierproductions.com

Maria Di Dia
917-817-8622

Anthony Francavilla *
Form Theatricals
917-830-7668
af@formtheatricals.com
www.formtheatricals.com

Edmund Gaynes *
Jessimeg Productions
212-947-3499

Roger Gindi
212-489-7050

Adam Hess
DR Theatrical Management
212-354-8833
www.drtmnyc.com

Rebekah Hughston
African Arts Theatrical Productions
Rebekah@africanartstheatricalproductions.org
www.theplayroomtheater.com

Jumpstart Entertainment *
(212) 997-5399
www.letsjumpstart.com  
daniel@letsjumpstart.com

Zach Laks *
Form Theatricals
917-830-7668
zl@formtheatricals.com
www.formtheatricals.com

Robert Levinstein & Alan Wager *
22Q Entertainment
917-687-3333
robert@22Qentertainment.com
www.22Qentertainment.com

Tom Smedes
Tom Smedes Productions LLC
212-944-6586
tom@tomsmedes.com
www.tomsmedes.com

Carl D. White
Martian Entertainment LLC
212-302-4848
www.martianentertainment.com

* indicates OBA member