Theater President | Kids Work!


What is a Theater President?

The theater president is responsible for managing the theater staff and operations. The ability to evaluate and appreciate the performing arts is important to make decisions that will benefit the theater. Accounting skills are essential to managing the theater's budget. The president calculates potential box office sales to select shows that will have community appeal. Excellent verbal and written skills are also necessary to communicate with employees, production companies and the public.

Real People Profile

Name: Megan Riegal 
Workplace: Peace Center for the Performing Arts
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater,
Masters in Business Administration in arts administration
Favorite Subject(s) in School: Chorus and science
First Real Job: Assistant manager, The Cleveland Play House
Dream Job: The one I have now.
Interests: Performing arts, being a mom and animals

Real People Q&A

Advice for students interested in my job: 
Figure out what you want; go for it; stay focused.

What subjects in school will students need to do my job?
Business and arts background

What I like most about my job? 
On most days, I like everything about my job. It truly is exciting.

What is the biggest challenge in my job?
Everything has its challenges. Every personality that you're dealing with, whether it's a board member, an agent or a staff member that has an issue to be addressed. The people challenges, even with a patron or a donor, those are the challenges and we deal with them some days better than others.

How do you get a job like mine?
Get internships. Keep those relationships. Granted, they'll have you stuffing envelopes and have you carrying the mail, but there are people there who are talented and want to share information with you. And boy, I'll tell you, I love a kid who will come to me and say, tell me what you know. If you figure out what you want to do, getting there is so easy. The great thing about where we live, just about anything is possible.