Theatre Arts - What to Do with this Major

Job Titles

Acting Coach Director Publicist
Actor Drama/Theatre Instructor Puppeteer
Arts Administration Educator Events Planner Scenic Designer
Advertising/Marketing Agent Fundraising and Development Scenic Artist
Box Office Manager Make-up Designer Script Writer
Camera Operation Hair/Wig Designer Set Construction
Choreographer Lighting Designer Singer
Comedian Magician Sound Designer
Community Liaison Mime Special Effects
Composer Musician Stagehand
Costume Designer Playwright Stage Manager
Critic Producer Story Teller
Dance Instructor Public Speaker Theatrical Researcher


Personal Characteristics to be Successful

Adaptable Disciplined Poised
Analytical Enjoy entertaining others Possess good health and stamina
Assertive Expressive Possess interpersonal communication skills
Attention to detail Flexible Proficient in memorization
Competitive Good listening skills Showmanship
Confident Imaginative Talented
Creative Independent Technical Proficiency
Dedicated Intellectual capacity to perform Uninhibited
Determined Passion for performing Tolerant


Workplace Skills

Analyze and interpret emotions and motives of others
Appreciate aesthetics
Concentrate and practice for intense periods of time
Develop a good work ethic
Exhibit public speaking skills
Handle rejection
Maintain composure
Maintain physical appearance
Read, write, and edit
Sing, dance, skate, juggle, and mime
Work effectively with others
Work under pressure




Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook Online (visited August 2006):
Phifer, P. (2000). College Majors and Careers. Chicago, IL: Ferguson Publishing Co.
University of Kansas, University Career Center Web site (visited August 2006):
Johnson County Community College Web site (visited November 2007)