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TO FINDING A CAREER IN PERFORMING ARTS
• Complete an internship or an
apprenticeship with a local theater. Participate
in summer stock.
• Network: Talk with people working in the field
to find out about jobs and opportunities.
• Read newspapers and periodicals related to the
theater to keep up with new developments. Read
the "trades"--magazines and newspapers that
report events in the entertainment industry.
Read the "Theater" section of daily newspapers
to find out about upcoming productions.
• Get your foot in the door and get
involved with productions in any way you can. Be
prepared to do various tasks assigned by stage
managers or producers.
• Join professional groups as an
opportunity to make contacts.
• Volunteer with fundraising efforts for
• Be aware of scams. Check out the
legitimacy of agencies and companies before
paying any fees.
• Be prepared to move to a metropolitan
area where more opportunities exist.
• A career in the arts takes patience,
dedication, and luck!
• Have a back-up plan. Be aware that the
unemployment rate for actors hovers around 85%.
Develop skills that qualify you for other
jobs while you wait for opportunities in acting.
Consider pairing theater with another career
interest or major to open up more job
• Theater helps students develop verbal and
written communication, public speaking, and
teamwork skills. These transferable skills
are valued by many types of
• There are many ways to be involved in the
theater while pursuing other career options.
of students who do an internship are asked to
work for that employer!-NACE
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Fields- Audio Engineering, Community
Program & Education, Costumes, Dramaturgy,
Electrics, Production Management, Properties,
Scene Shop, Scenic Art, and Stage Management.
Related areas may include Arts Administration,
Audience Services, Box Office, Business,
Development, Marketing & Communication,
Management, and Volunteer Services.
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-Chamberlain, Josh- 06/2004 0
-Keddell, Katie -05/2006 - Jewish
Community Center of Greater Administrative
-Vitrano, Jessica -05/2005-Seton Keough
High School Theatre Director, English Teacher,
-Wertz, Joanne -05/1983-Fairfax County
Public Schools Director of Musical Theater
Involvement in all
aspects of major (like joining clubs) to build
skills that all employers covet.
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advantages theatre majors have over other
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While you may think
that choosing the “right” major is key to
getting a good job, your long-term professional
success will depend far more on acquiring the
right skills for a rapidly changing workplace.
-The ability to work well in teams—especially
with people different from yourself
-An understanding of science and technology and
how these subjects are used in real-world
-The ability to write and speak well
-The ability to think clearly about complex
-The ability to analyze a problem to develop
-An understanding of global context in which
work is now done
-The ability to be creative and innovative in
-The ability to apply knowledge and skills in
-The ability to understand numbers and
-A strong sense of ethics and integrity
Source: "How Should Colleges Prepare Students to
Succeed in Today's Global Economy?" (Results of
a national poll by Peter D. Hart Research
What skills do employers look for according to
Job Sites in Theatre