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PASE Live | Production Manager: Versatile in Production and Technical Management

The Second Module of the PASE (Sino-UK Performing Arts Skills Exchange) Britain 2019 has been successfully completed at the Shanghai Grand Theatre between 8 and 10 June 2019. Rhian Jones, the Production Manager of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Corrie Thom, the General Manager and Producer of Anystage Production, UK, delivered to the participants an amazing three-day course with the theme of production and technical management..

 

Rhian

Rhian Jones has rich experience in stage and production management, having worked with the National Theatre Studios in the UK, theatres in the London's West End, and various performance tours in the UK. Since 2007, Jones, who is a Research Fellow at the UK Higher Education Institute, has served as the Deputy Production Manager of the Mountview School of Dramatic Art and as the Production Manager of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

Corrie

Corrie Thom, who served as the Stage Manager of the resident troupe at the Crucible Theatre of the Sheffield Theatre and as leader of a stage management team for the well-known director and screenwriter, Alan Ayckbourn, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, participated in stage performance programs and their production management nationwide in the UK, and was responsible for the stage management of a theatre in London's West End.

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Being versatile

An outstanding production manager knows how to manage the full process of production and performance well and how to manage a tight performance tour schedule in an orderly manner. The two lecturers analyzed how to develop into a versatile talent in production and technical management in terms of the role of production manager, the responsibilities and key skills, performance tour project management, schedule management, budget management, as well as health and safety management.

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Golden rules in the five stages

The two lecturers pointed out that the key for production management is to understand well the five stages of a project: concept, design, production, technology, and performance. A production manager needs to manage his/her team and move a project forward from the four aspects of personnel, schedule, budget, health and safety while working closely with producers, directors, technical teams, design teams, performance teams, and the related parties, considering issues from a global perspective and keeping pace with the latest technology.

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Make good use of scheduling and meetings with the relevant parties

Relying on the golden rules in the five stages, the two lecturers believe that the production manager's overall production schedule should be divided into different sub-schedules, and the production manager should make good use of the concept meetings, white card model meetings, design meetings, and final production meetings to communicate the needs of each team, solve all relevant problems, and move the project management work forward.

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After five days of sharing the art planning and production management, the participants learned a lot and joined a panel discussion at the end of the second module. In the role of production managers, they gave a vivid description and presentation using drawings and texts regarding the performance project of each group, making the atmosphere in the exchange enjoyable.

 

To be expected

June 11-14, 2019

In the Third Module of the PASE Britain, Gill Allen, the Director of Stage and Apparel Management of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Simon Catchpole, the Senior Stage Manager of the Royal Opera House, will share their views about theater management and stage management!