How Theater Managers ManageHOW THEATER MANAGERS MANAGE, published by Scarecrow Press, Inc.
320 pages 
ISBN 0-8108-4683-7 
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HOW THEATER MANAGERS MANAGE brings together the stories, beliefs, and experiences of seasoned theater managers. Through them, a portrait and a concept emerge depicting what they have unknowingly practiced throughout their careers—managerial imagination.

Designed to be a stepping stone for new theater managers, this book covers a wide variety of topics including budgeting theater costs, gross potentials and ticket prices, show contracts, settlements, and emergency and security procedures. It includes a sample budget, building and performance forms.

Tess Collins has worked for the Shorenstein-Hays Nederlander Organization in theater management for more than 25 years. She managed the Golden Gate, Orpheum, and the Curran Theater in San Francisco.

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Tess Collins is also the author of three plays: Helen of TroyTossing Monte and Barbarians.

Helen of Troy: The Helen of Troy story set in a small town in Tennessee (Synopsis and A Sample Scene)

Tossing Monte: A Wicked Little Play About Love, Ambition, and Betrayal (Synopsis and A Sample Scene)

Barbarians: a play about the evolution of the species and a murder mystery set on the moon (Synopsis and A Sample Scene)