Course syllabus

Drama 705: Production and Management Skills

Course Information 2018

Convenor/Lecturer: Kylie Sealy

Location –253-103 (Rehutai Academic Blk, Room 103), and various off site locations

Class times – 2 – 5pm Tuesdays 

Office hour:  12.30-1.30 Tuesdays room 206-306 (Humanities/Arts One Building, level 3)


Course Content

This course offers a practically based insight into the workings of the professional stage. It will explore multiple roles and skills for the administration and production management of live performances. The course will include budgeting and financing of productions as well as exploring contracting and marketing. It will be taught over 12 sessions using a variety of mediums including site visits to theatres and organisations offering specialist theatre services, discussion panels and classroom teaching.


Aims and objectives

By the end of this course you will be expected to have -

  • An understanding of the process of theatre production
  • Ability to set and control a production budget
  • Ability to timeline and schedule a production
  • An insight into Auckland theatres and programming for Auckland theatre
  • An understanding of legal process in regard to the performing arts
  • An understanding of funding in the arts
  • An understanding of marketing and publicity in regard to live performance.



Please see below for a week-by-week breakdown of activities.


Week 1: Tues 27 Feb

Production and Arts Management

Welcome and introduction to course.

Exploration of roles and tasks in theatre.


Week 2: Tues 6 Mar

Production Visit 

Observing the process: Tea - Sound and AV Plot

Q Theatre, 305 Queen St

Week 3: Tues 13 Mar

Scheduling and budgeting


Introduction and examples into budgeting and scheduling for performing arts


Week 4: Tues 20 Mar

Production visit

Observing the process: Body Double - Dress Rehearsal

Campus / then offsite

Week 5: Tues 27 Mar

Introduction to Ticketing & Box Office Services

Panel discussion with a ticketing manager and producer






Week 6: Tues 17 Apr

Tour of Auckland venues

Auckland Venues visit: Civic Theatre, Town Hall, Q Theatre and The Basement


Week 7: Tues 24 Apr

Introduction to Marketing and Publicity

Panel discussion on marketing and publicity


 Week 8: Tues 1 May

Venue Programming

Panel discussion on programming in Auckland (Auckland Live, Q Theatre, The Basement)


Week 9: Tues 8 May

Contracting and intellectual property

A lawyer, producer and an artist : Panel discussion


Week 10: Tues 15 May



Creative New Zealand will discuss funding opportunities and guidelines for arts grants


Week 11: Tues 22 May

Specialist theatre services

Oceania Audio - Lighting, Audio and vision services TBC


Week 12: Tues 29 May

Course wrap up, conclusion and Funding proposal workshop

Production proposal/arts funding grant



Course summary:

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