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 asked: In 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
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.
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?
Play development/ selection
Costume run crew
Production crew (show crew)
Technical Direction (all trades)
Artist in residence
Community college faculty
High school teacher
Front of house
Many other areas, depending on size and type of theater
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)?
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?
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?
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.