Attention Performers: Forty Theater Contracts You’ll Need in One Easy-to-Use Resource!

legal formsHere is a complete, easy-to-use resource for anyone involved in the performing arts! Business and Legal Forms for Theater, Second Edition (Allworth Press) contains forty indispensable, hard-to-find contracts and forms that will save artists and performing groups thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees, while minimizing their legal risks. Attorney, producer, and playwright Charles Grippo explains the proper use of each form in clear, concise language. No matter which side of the negotiating table you’re on, you’ll find plenty of practical advice to help you obtain the best possible deal. These ready-to-use forms and contracts cover every aspect of theater law, including author agreements, commissions, production license, play publishing, and more. Also included on a convenient CD-ROM, the forms can be copied electronically, modified, customized, and saved.

New to this edition are contracts for performing arts designers; fight and stunt directors; musicians; stage managers and technical directors; front-of-the-house personnel; commissions for original musical compositions; and much more. From producers and directors, to performers and choreographers, to theatrical designers and box office managers, this volume is a necessity for anyone involved in the performing arts.

About the Author

Charles Grippo is an attorney, producer, playwright, novelist, composer-lyricist, and theatrical investor. He owns Charles Grippo Productions and New Lincoln Theatre Productions. His plays have been produced by theater companies in Chicago, New York, and California. His critically acclaimed two-act farce Sex Marks the Spot was so successful in its Chicago premiere production that it was brought back for a second sold-out production. The author of The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide (Allworth Press), he is a member

of the Dramatists Guild and the Authors Guild, and is director emeritus of the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Allworth Press publishes business and how-to books for artists, graphic designers, photographers, and interior designers, as well as for filmmakers, performing artists, and authors. In addition, Allworth Press also publishes legal and personal finance guides for the general public. Books from Allworth Press are distributed to the book trade by W. W. Norton and can be found in better bookstores.  Titles may also be ordered directly from the publisher by calling (212) 643-6816 or visiting