Community Theatre Arts Management

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

In this second year module for Acting and Community Theatre, students will examine introductory skills and practices of community theatre arts management. Students will explore the structure and management of small scale community and voluntary sector arts organisations, and education and outreach departments within large organisations.

The module includes preparation for work placements assessed in final year. By the end of the module students will be prepared to learn and begin to apply arts administration skills in a professional company context.

Aspects of event management and production management will be explored. This may include such aspects as marketing, budgets, databases, liaison with agencies, licensing, risk assessment, audience management and other aspects of health and safety, along with scheduling and logistics.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
1. To introduce students to management of the voluntary and community arts sectors
2. To explore a range of arts organisational roles and processes
3. To reflect on the role of organisations in community theatre provision
4. To develop an understanding of the management of arts organisations in preparation for placement with a company
5. To explore health & safety issues of public performance.
6. To appreciate the legal and technical requirements of performance in a range of settings
7. To experience the process of production management and associated roles
8. To experience production and event management through the development and delivery of an event.
9. Work effectively as members of a production team
10. Carry out established risk assessment procedures

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
1. Understand the processes of a range of arts organisations
2. Understand the roles and responsibilities in production management
3. Critically analyses arts organisations' business and marketing practices
4. Exercise relevant practical and administrative skills

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

lectures, seminars, independent study, practical project groups.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Company Appraisal    30% 
Coursework   Event Management Portfolio    40% 
Practical   Information Management Exercise    30% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslie Masterton, Guest Lecturers, Work Placement Providers
For further information email amast


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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