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Working in Theatre

The Finances of Theatre

Managing & Producing Theatre

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Jump-start your theatre career this summer from anywhere with an Internet connection at Center Theatre Group's free, virtual professional development series. Designed for current college and university students studying theatre but open to all, the Working in Theatre Summer Series is a 10-week course focused on the skills and knowledge emerging professionals need to build a career in live theatre.

For this week’s session, we are joined by Emika Abe and Cheryl Rizzo about how much it really costs to manage and produce theatre. The panelists discuss how small to large-scale theatres operate, how they get funded, and how producing theatre has changed since the onset of the pandemic.


Emika Abe is the current Managing Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) after three years as the Associate Managing Director of the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Emika is on the Advisory Board of Found Stages, she served as Mentorship Co-Chair of LORT's EDI Initiative, and she is an alum of LEAD Atlanta, Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, and Theatre Communications Group's Young Leaders of Color. Emika is passionate about the intersection of art and business, and the essential role that theatre can play in activating individuals and strengthening communities.

Cheryl Rizzo has worked in a variety of capacities at Boston Court since 2005. She is a seasoned theatre professional who prior to Boston Court worked for the legendary Broadway general manager, Albert Poland as an assistant and company manager for multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Since 2005, Cheryl has submerged herself in nearly every aspect of Boston Court’s administration, helping to grow the theatre, music, and visual arts programs while shepherding upwards of 50 Boston Court productions both on and off site.

Resources and Suggested Pre-Reading

Learn more about the Working in Theatre program.


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