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What Can I Do With A Major In Theatre Arts?

Theatre Arts allows students to build a creative, fulfilling career in fields ranging from acting, directing and theatre production to academia, advertising, television and film. The curriculum combines a strong theoretical foundation with extensive experience-based learning opportunities, theatre arts majors gain skill in performance, stage technology, scene design, writing and directing, as well as a thorough grounding in the history and literature of theatre.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Actor/Actress
Advertising/Marketing Manager
Animation Cartoonist
Booking Agent-Resort Industries
Campaign Director
Children’s Theatre Director
Choreographer
Community Affairs Liaison
Composer
Convention Director
Costume Designer
Costume Shop Supervisor
Dancer
Development Officer
Employee Training Instructor
Events Coordinator
Exhibit Designer
Fashion Merchandiser
Fundraiser
Graphic Designer
Hotel Convention Coordinator
Illustrator
Interior Designer
Kindergarten/Preschool Teacher
Lighting Designer
Marketing Communication Director
Minister/Clergy
Museum Manager
Non-Profit Arts Manager
Props Designer
Public Relations Director
Radio & TV Announcer/Commentator
Recreational Supervisor
Sales Rep for Theater Industry
Screen Writer
Set Designer
Set Illustrator
Singer
Stage Manager
Talent Agent
Technical Theatre Manager
Theatre Director/ Manager
Theatre Professor/Teacher
Tourism Director
Travel Agent
University Information Specialist
Wedding Planner

Types of Employers

Private & Non-Profit Organizations

Advertising Agencies
Apparel Manufacturers
Colleges/Universities
Corporate Communications
Cosmetic Firms
High Schools
Lighting Companies
Movie Studios
News Stations
Newspapers
Party Companies
Promotional Companies
Public Relations Firms
Radio Stations
Retailers
Science Centers
Talent Agencies
Telecommunications
Television Studios
Theatres

Government Agencies

Cultural Affairs
Department of Education
Galleries
Institute of Museum Services
National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment – Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts
US Information Agency
Voice of America

Transferrable Skills

General Skills
Sees the overall picture and breaks down the necessary components
Has a strong sense of collaboration and team work
Possesses a strong work ethic

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
Manages time
Possesses strong organizational and event planning skills
Builds effective relationships with co-workers
Adapts to changes
Gives/follows directions well
Possesses creativity and artistic talent

Problem Solving Skills
Generates ideas and formulates solutions
Approaches challenges creatively
Leads groups to consensus

Communication Skills
Possesses strong oral and written communication abilities
Motivates others to work well together
Presents to large groups of people
Thinks spontaneously
Adapts easily

 

Experiential Education

Acting in a community, regional or children’s theatre

Coordinating a summer children’s theatre production

Directing a youth theatre

Controlling the sound environment for a production

Designing costumes, sets and lights for productions

Stage managing productions

Serving as a technical producer for a college/high school play

Assisting with management of an arts organization

Professional Associations

Actors’ Equity Association,
actorsequity.org

Screen Actors Guild,
sag.org

Southeastern Theatre Conference,
setc.org

Theatre Communications Group,
tcg.org

United States Institute for Theatre Technology,
usitt.org

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: Rutgers University, Ashland University