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Paper Pres 2: Accounting for drama: exploring management controls for performing arts Giulia Achilli
Thursday, 18/Nov/2021:
3:50pm - 4:20pm

Session Chair: Chris Ford, Lancaster University
Location: Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre
Ground Floor Aston Business School

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Accounting for drama: exploring management controls for performing arts

Giulia Achilli1, Elena Giovannoni2

1Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom; 2Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom and University of Siena, Italy

This paper investigates the role of management control in the making of performing arts. By relying upon archival material concerning the Half Moon Company Theatre (London, UK), we explore the engagement between the budgeting and artistic practices of the theatre through an art-based perspective inspired by the work of the theatre theorist Constantin Stanislavski (1936; 1949; 1961). We show that management control is an integral part of the dramatic dimension of the artistic performance: it creates the ‘obstacles’ needed for the arts organization to achieve its mission. In so doing, we also demonstrate the role of multiple accounts (budgets, letters and performing acts) in the management control process and we show the intertwined relationship between management control and performing arts in sustaining resilience and recovery in challenging times.

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