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Academic Information: -  top

What is Theatre?  top

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek (théatron, "a place for viewing"), itself from (theáomai, "to see", "to watch", "to observe").

Modern Western theatre comes, in large measure, from ancient Greek drama, from which it borrows technical terminology, classification into genres, and many of its themes, stock characters, and plot elements. Theatre artist Patrice Pavis defines theatricality, theatrical language, stage writing, and the specificity of theatre as synonymous expressions that differentiate theatre from the other performing arts, literature, and the arts in general.
*From Wikipedia

Career Information  -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top

Typical Places of Employment - top

  • Broadway Theaters
  • Community Theaters
  • Design Studios
  • Dinner Theaters
  • Musical Theaters
  • Commercial theaters
  • Summer stock theaters
  • Children's theaters
  • Repertory companies
  • University theater groups
  • Touring companies
  • Industrial shows
  • Show groups
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Radio stations
  • Nightclubs
  • Opera Companies
  • Orchestras
  • Recording Studios
  • Showcase Comedy Clubs
  • Television, Motion Pictures
  • Broadway
  • Road company productions
  • Regional theaters
  • Stock productions
  • Dinner theaters
  • Cabarets
  • Cruise lines
  • Acting conservatories
  • Public or community programs
  • Arts councils

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • Editing
  • Creating artwork
  • Decoration, designing
  • Teaching, Explaining
  • Helping
  • Selecting and training
  • Solving problems, leading discussions
  • Researching
  • Publishing
  • Managing
  • Scheduling
  • Communicating
  • Working independently
  • Enlightening, guiding
  • Informing, organizing
  • Illustrating
  • Planning

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

Conference of Drama Schools

Episcopal Actors' Guild

Institute of Outdoor Drama

International Playback Theatre Network

League of American Theatres and Producers

Solo Together

United Stage of America

Careers in Acting:

Careers in the Theater

Careers in Dance

Careers Behind the Stage

Places/Resources to begin your Career

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