As close to a course in producing as you can get.

There’s no bar exam for Producers.  No boards to pass in order to practice.  No degrees required.

Producers can be marketers, fund-raisers, or dramaturgs.

Anyone with enough passion for product can produce.

That said, there are more and more programs emerging with the goal of educating a new generation of producers about the nuts and bolts of what we do.

Because while anyone can drive a car, you can drive a lot more efficiently and safely if you know how the engine operates.

The Harvard of commercial theater producing is The Commercial Theater Institute, not because of the quality of the education (although it is top-notch), but more so because CTI was the first institute dedicated to commercial theater producing, just like Harvard was the first institute of higher learning in the US.

Harvard was founded in 1636.  Now we have over 4,000 colleges in this country.

Let’s hope we see commercial theater institutes multiply at the same rate.

CTI just announced that it’s accepting applications for its annual 14 week course.  Apply here.

  • Wild Bird says:

    As a 2007 “graduate” of both the 14-week and the Creative Intensive CTI courses, I can’t say enough about the value of these programmes. Any and every aspiring theatre producer should jump at the chance to attend any of CTI courses.
    They add so much value to the quality and caliber of one’s vision and expertise as a burgeoning producer.

  • I totally agree with you about CTI… it is the top program on Producing Theatre… anywhere.
    My wife would object, however, to your mention of Harvard as the first University founded in the U.S.
    Actually, her alma mater, the College of William and Mary, was founded first… but not chartered until after Harvard received its charter.
    This was a point of some debate, apparently, between John Adams (Harvard) and Thomas Jefferson (Willam & Mary)… and a scene depicting their discussion of the subject appears in the musical, 1776.
    (how’s that for tying it all back to the Theatre biz?)

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