Producer
Director
Johanna Lemke
Editor
Genre
Culture
Broadcaster
ZDFtheaterkanal
Length
1 x 15'
Format
Digital Betacam
Year
2010
Theatre Makers
Administrative Director

You don't see him at first glance when you go to the theater. No set design, no costume comes from him, and he is never on stage. Nevertheless, nothing would work without him. The administrative director decides on every single cent at the theater. When it comes to contracts and fees, subsidies or sponsors, that's his job. He is responsible for the economic viability of the theater and yet always sits between two stools: Enabling artistic diversity while keeping an eye on the theater's finances.

Christian Ruppert is the administrative director at Theater Magdeburg. Numerous departments report to him: Management, Human Resources, Controlling, Marketing, Technical Directorate. There is no specific training that leads to this job at the top of the theater management. Like most administrative directors, Christian Ruppert is a career changer, having previously worked as a lawyer. A law degree is an obvious choice; all legal issues end up on his desk. But a passion for theater is essential: a pure desk jockey could never understand what makes a theater tick.

First broadcast on ZDFTheaterkanal:

05.10.2010 00:50

Theatre makers: Administrative Director

You don't see him at first glance when you go to the theater. No set design, no costume comes from him, and he is never on stage. Nevertheless, nothing would work without him. The administrative director decides on every single cent at the theater. When it comes to contracts and fees, subsidies or sponsors, that's his job. He is responsible for the economic viability of the theater and yet always sits between two stools: Enabling artistic diversity while keeping an eye on the theater's finances.

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