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Theatre Major

Career Information

Possible Job Titles

Art Education

  • Drama Coach
  • Private Dance Teacher
  • Theater Arts Professor

Arts Journalism

  • Critic- Broadcasting
  • Critic- Print Media

Behind the Scenes

  • Lighting Person
  • Makeup Artist
  • Production Hairstylist
  • Sound Person
  • Wardrobe Dresser

Performing Artists

  • Actor/Actress
  • Background Singer
  • Ballet Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Chorus Singer
  • Comedian
  • Conductor-Symphony Orchestra
  • Dancer
  • Opera Singer
  • Section Member
  • Show Musician
  • Studio Musician

Production, Directing, and Design

  • Casting Director
  • Director- Theatrical Production
  • Producer- Theatrical Production
  • Production Assistant
  • Scenic Designer
  • Stage Manager

Theatrical Administration

  • Box Office Theater
  • Company Manager
  • Theatrical Press Agent
  • Theatrical Press Agent Apprentice

Writing and Composing for the Creative Arts

  • Composer-Musical Theatre /Opera
  • Librettist
  • Orchestrator
  • Playwright
  • Songwriter

*Denotes need for additional education.

Typical Places of Employment

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

Typical Work Activities

  • 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

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the Career Services Office. However there are many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you:

  • 100 Best Careers in Entertainment
  • Career Opportunities in Theater and the Performing Arts
  • Great Jobs for Theater Majors
  • How To Be A Working Actor
  • Liberal Arts Jobs
  • Performing Arts Careers
  • Theater and the Performing Arts
  • To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Alumni Resources

(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

Careers in Acting

Careers in the Theater

Careers in Dance

Careers Behind the Stage

Places/Resources to begin your Career

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