CT 239 01

CO 239 01


Principles of Theater Management



Dr. Howard Enoch Office Hours: Monday thru

Robsham Theater Arts Center Friday from 9:30 - 4:00

552-0918 by appointment (I am

enoch@bc.edu generally in every day)


TEXT: Management and the Arts, William J. Byrnes, third edition, Focal Press, 1999


CLASS: This course is designed to address the issues involved in the operations and management of a performing arts center. Areas to be covered in the course are: basic management theory as it relates to arts management, strategic planning and decision making, fundamentals of organizational design, fundamentals of leadership and group dynamics, budgeting and economics in the arts, and financial management. The course will use case studies to test theories and ideas developed by the class.






1) Mid term exam 33%


2) Semester project 33%


3) Final exam 33%


All students in the course will produce a major project with all necessary documentation that reflects his/her experience /research into the management structure of an arts organization (preferably on campus). The project should reflect a thorough understanding of the management process as it relates to the information presented in the course and text.


Attendance is required as a condition of successful completion this courses. After missing any class session, a student is responsible for finding out about assignments, due dates, announcements, handouts, and so forth that were covered during the missed session, and for making up any missed work. The student is also responsible for obtaining class notes from a classmate for the session, and for learning the material from that session for any relevant exams or quizzes.

The equivalent of 2 weeks of unexcused absences will reduce a student's course grade by one full letter grade. Additional absences will reduce the grade further. Unexcused absence from more than a combined total of 3 weeks of class meetings will result in automatic failure of the course. Since the course meets twice a week, more than six missed sessions will result in failure of the course.




Principles of Theater Management Calendar


Sep. 4 Introduction and discussion of course goals etc. Define semester project

6 M & A - Chapter 1 Answers to questions (p15)

11 M & A - Chapter 2 Answers to questions (p38)

13 M & A - Chapter 2 Case study discussion (p38) final selection of project organization

18 M & A - Chapter 3 Answers to questions (p60)

20 no class

25 M & A - Chapter 4 Answers to questions (p81)

27 M & A Chapter 4 - Case study discussion (p81)

Oct. 2 M & A - Chapter 5 Answers to questions (p102)

4 M & A - Chapter 5 Case study discussion (p102) section one of final project due

9 M & A - Chapter 6 Answers to questions (p131)

11 M & A - Chapter 6 Case study discussion (p131)

16 M & A - Chapter 7 Answers to questions (p157) section two of final project due

18 M & A - Chapter 8 Answers to questions (p186)

23 M & A - Chapter 8 Case study discussion (p187)

25 M & A - Chapter 9 Answers to questions (p218)

30 M & A - Chapter 9 Case study discussion (p218) section three of final project due

Nov. 1 Midterm exam

6 M & A - Chapter 10 Answers to questions (p249)

8 M & A - Chapter 10 Case study discussion (p249)

13 M & A - Chapter 11 Answers to questions (p273) section four of final project due

15 M & A - Chapter 11 Case study discussion (p273)

20 M & A - Chapter 12 Answers to questions (p300)

22 Thanksgiving no class

27 M & A - Chapter 12 Case study discussion (p300) section five of final project due

29 M & A - Chapter 13 Answers to questions (p318)

Dec. 4 M & A - Chapter 13 Case study discussion (p318)

6 Final Project Presentations


Thu, Dec 13 Final Exam (9 11am)




Final Project Schedule


Section one due October 4


What is the nature of the company? Who are the intended clients, stakeholders, and interested parties? How will the company benefit each?

Analyze the mission, goals and objectives of the company.

Analyze the external factors influencing the company.

Analyze the internal factors influencing the company.


Section two due October 16


Analyze the staffing and management structure of the company.

Analyze selected job descriptions.


Section three due October 30


Analyze the leadership and group dynamics of the company.


Section four due November 13


Analyze the organizational controls and budget processes.

Analyze whatever plan for evaluation and how/when adjustments are made (daily? weekly? monthly? or yearly?)


Section five due November 27


Analyze marketing and fundraising efforts.


Section six due December 6


Short presentation to class of project