Engagement (theater)

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The commitment of an artist is a contractual obligation that it to a theater , an opera house binds or a similar organization, either for fixed for rehearsals and performances of certain productions or for a longer period.

Usual engagements with actors are two-year contracts for usually two seasons or piece contracts for a single production. Open-ended contracts are rather rare.

Until the end of the 1910s, the artists were engaged in drama subjects or vocal subjects , for example as “first adolescent lover” or as “ soubrette ”. This classification of roles is no longer explicit for actors and singers specialize in certain operatic roles . Engagements therefore no longer cover a range of possible roles, but are agreed more individually and flexibly.


  • Anke Wagner: Special labor law for stage engagement (= theory and research. Law. Vol. 106). Roderer, Regensburg 2002, ISBN 3-89783-309-3 (also: Munich, University, dissertation, 2002).