Taking inspiration from the blend of art and technology present in modern theatre, ShowRunner is a suite of software designed to enable automation of multimedia systems typically operated as part of a larger ensemble. It enables one computer to command a network of devices that typically each require the attention of a whole human. In other words, it allows the coordination of multimedia presentations ahead of time so that only one technician is necessary when a performance occurs.
Keith B. Gallagher
Doran, Casey; Tasher, Aral; Knight, Sam; and O'Farrell, Logan, "Showrunner" (2015). Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Student Publications. 9.