Career Profile, Salary & Job Outlook —
What does a Company Manager do?
A theatrical Company Manager is an administrator for a company or production. They provide logistical oversight and act as the liaison between the company and the general manager. Responsibilities include managing payroll for cast and crew, processing invoices from vendors, scheduling rehearsals, serving as a point of communication between the cast and director, and arranging living accommodations for cast and crew. Company Managers also schedule costume and wig fittings and design budgets. They have a hand in every aspect of production.
How much does a Company Manager make?
According to Glassdoor, Company Managers maintain a national annual salary of $51,802, which is an hourly wage of $24.90. Entry-level company managers start around $29,000 annually. Senior-level company managers make an annual average of $93,000. The range in salary widely depends on factors including skill, seniority level, and location.
What impact does this career have towards the performing arts industry?
Company Managers are the caretakers of their company. Overseeing logistics is an important aspect of their job, but they are the primary contact person for company players and staff. Company Managers make sure performers are prepared and at their peak during showtime, and that crew members are healthy and have adequate time off.
What is the job outlook for a Company Manager?
Although the performing arts sector struggled with revenue loss in 2020, revenue is projected to rebound by 2025. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for producers (including Company Managers) are expected to grow by 24% during the 2020-2030 decade (www.bls.gov).
How to kick-off your career:
- Research theatre companies in your area.
- Volunteer at your local theater.
- Download The Ultimate Performing Arts Career Guide to pinpoint your skillset.
- Explore the NYU x Performing Arts Industry Essentials online course.
Performing Arts Industry Essentials, Broadway performer
Credits: Hamilton, In The Heights, Wicked, Dance of the Vampires
Arts Administrator | Program Director | Development Associate | Event Operations Coordinator | Box Office Manager | Arts Educator | Education Director | Programs & Venues Coordinator | Business Manager