Theater Managers


Theater Managers


Theater managers oversee all activities occurring in a theater. They have diverse duties depending on the specific theater. They supervise general maintenance, what events and productions take place in the theater, and ensure profitability of the theater. Their vision, actions, and decisions can mean the difference between the theater staying open or closing. They oversee the theater’s organizational structure and run the day to day activities and operations. They coordinate marketing, fundraising, budgeting, accounting, and sta...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Three to five years experience



Business Management


Personality Traits



The earnings of a theater manager vary depending on the size, type, and prestige of the theater as well as the geographic location. Other variables include the experience, qualifications, and duties of the individual. 

According to, the median annual earnings of theater managers was approximately $41,586 in September 2020. The lowest 10 percent of individuals in this job ear...

Work Environment

Theater managers may work in a variety of settings including large theaters, dinner theaters, regional theaters, summer stock theaters, university theaters, and others. Some work in theaters in hotels and casinos. Others may work in concert halls or other venues which put on an array of theatrical productions, concerts, and other types of events. Theater managers work long irregular hours and o...


The Department of Labor does not provide data on theater managers but predicts a decline in performances in small and medium-sized theaters due to fundraising challenges through 2029. For the immediate future, at least 2020 into 2021, all theaters are dealing with difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Many theaters have either closed or are conducting performances outdoors with limit...