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Academic Information: -  top

What is Theatre?  top

Theatre is a living art and its' storytelling at its most magical. Theatre is reality. Theatre is fantasy. Theatre is the expression of the human condition in its various forms throughout history. Theatre is experimentation. Theatre is problem-solving, and Theatre is fun. Theatrical presentations are events involving a collaborative process between playwrights, actors, directors, scenic designers, costume designers, lighting designers, sound designers, technicians, dramaturgs, historians and audiences. The theatrical event can be entertaining, evocative, provocative and/or educational. But whatever its form or substance, theatre is always a living, dynamic collaboration between artists and audiences.

Career Information  -  top

Possible Job Titles -  top

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Broadway Theaters
  • Community Theaters
  • Design Studios
  • Dinner Theaters
  • Musical Theaters
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Opera Companies
  • Orchestras
  • Recording Studios
  • Showcase Comedy Clubs
  • Television, Motion Pictures

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • Editing
  • Creating artwork
  • Decoration, designing
  • Teaching, Explaining
  • Helping
  • Selecting and training
  • Solving problems, leading discussions
  • Researching
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Appreciation of aesthetics   
  • Interpretive skills
  • Good work ethic   
  • Adaptability
  • Presentation, public speaking skills
  • Publishing
  • Managing
  • Scheduling
  • Communicating
  • Working independently
  • Enlightening, guiding
  • Informing, organizing
  • Illustrating
  • Planning
  • Imagination & creativity   
  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexibility     
  • Basic reading, writing and editing skills
  • Attention to detail

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Katie Keddell 05/2006 Administrative Assistant Jewish Community Center
Jessica Vitrano 05/2005 Theatre Director, English Teacher, Lacrosse Coach Seton Keough High School

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

American Association of Community Theatre

Episcopal Actors' Guild

Institute of Outdoor Drama

International Playback Theatre Network

League of American Theatres and Producers

Other Career-Relevant Links:

Careers in Acting

Careers in the Theater

Careers in Dance

Careers Behind the Stage

Places/Resources to begin your Career

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