Additional Survey Data

After compiling the information from the PAHRTS survey, we created a series of Data Works Sheets to allow the survey data to help information human resource conversations in your organization. In addition to the information included in each of the Data Works Sheets, the information compiled below might also be useful to you in thinking about human resource management at your organization.

We askedIn the past year, what types of work or roles did you do in Minnesota theaters? Select all that apply.

  • 24% of respondents selected one role/area of work
  • The average number selected = 5 roles/areas of work
  • 15% selected 10 or more roles/areas of work

many-roles

So, while the first survey was only a pilot and not representative of the field as a whole, we did hear from people who work in a wide range of roles, jobs, and areas of work.

one-role

We asked: Think of the one Minnesota theater where you worked the most in the past year. What one type of work or role did you do the most there?

After some revisions from the survey respondents and the workshop participants, we came up with this full list of theatre jobs people in the community hold. WOW! Did you realize how many different ways people work in Minnesota theaters?

CREATION ADMINISTRATION PRODUCTION OTHER
Choreographer

Composer

Director

Dramaturg

Ensemble devising

Fight choreographer

Playwright

Music director

Vocal director

Performance

ASL interpreter

Audio describer

Actor

Dancer

Improviser

Musician

Puppeteer

Singer

Design

Costume design

Lighting design

Makeup design

Properties master

Puppetry design

Sound design

Scenic design

Video design

Wigs/hair design

Access/inclusion

Audience services

Artistic director

Box office

Concessions

Costume rental

Development

Education

Executive/managing director

Facilities management

Financial management

House management

Human resources

Marketing/PR/outreach

Program evaluation

Play development/ selection

Producer

Production management

Usher

Volunteer management

Board operator

Board programming

Carpenter

Costume manager

Costume run crew

Costume technician

Master electrician

Painter

Production crew (show crew)

Production technician

Prop construction

Puppetry construction

Set construction

Stage hand

Stage management

Technical Direction (all trades)

Education

Artist in residence

Community college faculty

High school teacher

Teaching artist

University faculty

Volunteers

Board member

Costume

Front of house

Greeter

Prop construction

Set construction

Tour guide

Usher

Many other areas, depending on size and type of theater

Other

Casting agent

Reviewer/critic

Union manager or liaison

We asked: In the past year, did you do paid work, outside of the work you did at a theater(s)?

work-outside-theaters

It looks like some jobs in the theatre pay better than others, but regardless, some theatre workers choose to gain work experience outside of the industry.

We asked: Think of your most current or most recent PAID job at a MN theater. How do you think your pay compares to what others are getting for similar work in MN theaters?

pay-comparison

We asked: Think of your most current or most recent PAID job at a MN theater. Did you negotiate when contracting the terms of your employment?

negotiation

Based on these responses, the majority of folks who tried to negotiate were at least somewhat successful, but most people never tried. We highly recommend negotiating! Check out these pages for more information on compensation and negotiation.