Leadership in the Theatre: A Study of the Views of Practitioners on Effective and Ineffective Styles

By Anthony Rhine.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Because the arts have become an increasingly interesting arena for twenty-first-century leaders, predominantly due to the opportunity they provide for arts leaders to work with the creative personality, this paper attempts to dissect and understand more precisely what is meant by “leadership” in the arts. More specifically, this study is an attempt to describe and understand some of the nuances of effective and ineffective leadership in theatre, and to more clearly delineate the unique characteristics of these leaders (as opposed to those in other industries). Toward that end, we conducted interviews with professionals in the theatre industry. The results were then sorted into a collection of recurrent themes and analyzed. The themes were categorized by leader “type” in the belief that such categorization would aid in the attempt, at the analysis stage, to understand in which situations each type of leader is most effective.

Keywords: Business, Leadership, Management

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.387-398. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.151MB).

Dr. Anthony Rhine

Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Anthony S. Rhine is currently a professor of theatre and the director of the Theatre Management MFA at Wayne State University, prior to which he served as executive director of three major producing theatres over the course of fifteen years. His study of leadership in the arts and his model for teaching it is used by businesses across the United States. He has produced and directed scores of theatrical productions, written works that have been produced throughout the United States and on tours in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. He is currently writing the book of the musical “Mermaids,” for MGM On Stage.


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