The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (Second Edition)

The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (Second Edition)

by Charles Grippo

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Expert, Practical Advice for Everyone in Show Business

Now updated and expanded, this second edition of The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide is the ultimate survival kit for anyone presenting live entertainment. The information contained in this handbook is essential for those working in Broadway, regional, stock, or university theater; concert halls; opera houses; and more. Attorney, producer, and playwright Charles Grippo provides comprehensive advice on every aspect of the theater business and the law, including:
  • Crowdfunding Your Production
  • New Opportunities to Raise Money
  • Self-Production
  • Licensing and Producing Plays
  • Devised Theater and Collaborations
  • Creating Jukebox Musicals
  • Organizing a Theater Company
  • Theatrical Insurance
  • Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment
  • Negotiating Contracts
  • Essential Rules Every Board Member Must Know
  • Managing a Not-for-Profit Theater Company
  • Navigating Taxes
  • Using Third-Party Intellectual Property
  • And much, much more!
The entire range of individuals involved in entertainment—producers, performers, writers, directors, managers, and theater owners—will find invaluable practical and legal advice in this handy guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621536925
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Grippo is an entertainment lawyer, commercially produced playwright, producer, and author. He is president of New Lincoln Theatre, Inc., and Grippo Stage Company, Inc. As a playwright, his works include Sex Marks the Spot, Wait for the Wind, Outrageous Misfortune, Santa’s Children, When Angels Wept, and A Wife’s Tale. Among his recent productions are The Ben Hecht Show (world premiere); The God of Isaac; and, in co-production with Dennis Zacek, Confessions of a P.I.M.P., written and performed by four-time Tony Award® nominee André De Shields. He has also written Business and Legal Forms for Theatre, Second Edition (Allworth Press). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Authors Guild. Visit his website at

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition xi

Introduction to the First Edition: Why You Need This Book xv

Chapter 1 Organizing a Commercial Theater Company 1

Chapter 2 Organizing a Nonprofit Theater Company 19

Chapter 3 Your Performance Space 31

Chapter 4 Licensing Plays 54

Chapter 5 Producing Original Plays 62

Chapter 6 Commissioning New Works 81

Chapter 7 Devised Theater 86

Chapter 8 Using Third-Party Intellectual Property 107

Chapter 9 Joint Ventures 118

Chapter 10 Managing the Nonprofit Theater Company 133

Chapter 11 Exciting Opportunities to Raise Money 149

Chapter 12 Box Office Management 162

Chapter 13 Intolerable Behavior in the Theater 170

Chapter 14 Artistic Staff 178

Chapter 15 Safety 200

Chapter 16 Theatrical Insurance 211

Chapter 17 Taxes 219

Chapter 18 Wrapping Up 237

Chapter 19 Finale Ultimo 250

Appendix A Play Licensors 251

Appendix B Collective Bargaining Agents 252

Appendix C The Dramatists Bill of Rights 253

Index 257

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