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The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide Second Edition

Addresses business and legal issues concerning all manner of performance, including Broadway, regional, stock, community theater, university and school productions; concert halls; opera houses; cabarets; dance; performance art; dinner theater and more. Provides comprehensive advice on every aspect of theater business and law, including licensing and producing plays; negotiating contracts; theatrical limited partnerships; organizing a theater company; running a box office; managing a non-for-profit company; minimizing legal costs and risks; keeping track of taxes; maintaining a safe environment.


"One of the 100 books every theater maker should read."

    Ken Davenport, Tony Award (c) Winning Producer Kinky Boots (2013)


"The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide, Second Edition, is an essential tool for anyone presenting live theater. Author Charles Grippo, an entertainment lawyer, playwright and producer, has created a comprehensive, yet easy to understand, handbook of the legal, financial, and tax responsibilities of commercial and non profit producers. Newly expanded and updated, this book is filled with pratical tips for negotiating contracts, raising money, complying with government regulations, organizing and managing theater companies, and much, much more. The organized easy to read, quick reference format makes it a 'must' for start ups or experienced theatrical producers."

     Gary Cohen

     Tony (c) nominated Producer Come From Away  (2017)

     Co-Producer   Be More Chill, Broadway  (2019)

     Co-Producer   Tootsie The Musical, (Chicago and Broadway) (2018- 2019)

     Co-Producer   Diana   Pre-Broadway Tryout    (La Jolla)   (2019)


"You will find The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide, Second Edition, to be an ideal reference book regardless of the production you intend to produce. This book will truly allow you to stay ahead of the problem."

      Dennis Zacek

      Artistic Director Emeritus

      Victory Gardens Theatre (Tony Award (c) Best Regional Theatre)

      Full  Professor Emeritus of Theater Loyola University



"The First Edition of The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide was immensely helpful to me at the beginning of my career, and this updated edition will be essential to you no matter where you are in  yours. From crowd funding to harassment issues, to the complexities of ownership of devised work, it's the only book on producing I've come across that is truly for today's rapidly changing world. The thorough, yet bite-sized info will have you quickly finding what you need, without any filler. It'll earn its place onto any producer or playwright's desk."

          Jason Epperson

          Lotus Theatricals


Business and Legal Forms for Theater Second Edition

Will save anyone involved in the performing arts thousands of dollars in legal fees! Includes samples for every aspect of theater law, including author agreements, commissions, production licenses, performers, directors, choreographers, and more. Contains many hard to find forms. Accompanying CD-ROM includes all forms, checklists, and contracts in both Mac and PC formats.


Sex Marks the Spot

This hilarious farce about a politician's attempts to cover up a sex scandal and save his career and his marriage has broken box office records in Chicago, New York, and across the country.
With 8 juicy roles for five men and three women and a single set, it is economical and fun to stage.

For perusal copies or to license this show contact charles grippo

When Angels Wept

Semi- Fictitious Drama based on the 1958 fire at the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School on the West side of Chicago, in which ninety-two children and three nuns died.

For persual copies or to license this show Contact Charles Grippo