Theatre Arts Resources

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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

Job Postings


ArtSearch: The essential source for careers in the arts.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Opportunity to view many higher education positions. Prior week's issues can be viewed for free. Must be a member to view the current week's issue. Current K-12 job positions available at public, private, vocational, and
technical schools throughout the U.S.

Art and Graphic Design
Printjobs: Allows printing and graphic arts professionals to submit a profile and resume and search for jobs.

Animation World Network Career Connections: Online job fair for the animation industry that includes job postings, free resume postings, advice from the "Career Coach" and career-related articles from AWN Publications.

Art Management

The Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts: Internships in performing arts management are available to undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates. Fellowships are also available.


Career Resources

Performing Arts Career Guide: Explore careers in the Performing Arts with the following links to job descriptions, which include information such as daily activities, skill requirements, salary and training required. To learn more about Performing Arts, follow the related links below the career descriptions section.

Berkley Career Center: Berkley University's career center page displays career possibilities in the arts and provides helpful links to further researching these careers.

Artlynx International Art Resources: Artslynx is designed as a portal to the best information on the arts available on the web. It's curated link libraries and extensive original material are specifically optimized for researchers, scholars, educators, students, and professionals working in the arts.

Graduate Schools

Arizona State University - MFA in Creative Writing with a Playwriting Emphasis; Directing; Performance; Theatre with a Concentration in Integrated Digital Media; and Performance Design; MA in Theatre; PhD in Theatre and Performance of the Americas; MFA or PhD in Theatre for Youth;

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) - MFA in Acting; Design and Production; Directing; and in Playwriting; MA or PhD in Theatre

University of Cincinnati - MFA in Directing; and in Theatre Design and Production

University of Connecticut - MFA in Acting; Costume Design; Lighting Design; Scenic Design; Technical Direction; MA or MFA in Puppetry

Eastern Michigan University - MA in Arts Management; MA in Theatre Arts; MA or MFA in Drama/Theatre for the Young

Florida State University - MFA in Acting; Costume Design; Directing; Lighting Design; Scenic Design; Technical Production; MA/MS in Theatre Education; Theatre Management; and MA or PhD in Theatre

University of Hawaii at Manoa - MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Youth Theatre; MA or PhD in Theatre

University of Minnesota at Twin Cities - MFA in Directing; Design/Technology; MA or PhD in Theatre

New York University - Tisch School of the Arts
Design for Stage and Film
Dramatic Writing
Musical Theatre Writing
Performance Studies

University of North Carolina at Greensboro - MFA in Acting; Directing; Theatre Design; Masters of Education in Theatre Education; and Theatre for Youth

North Carolina School of the Arts - MFA in Design and Production

Northwestern University - MFA in Directing; Stage Design; Theatre; Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama

Rutgers University - The Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) integrates the arts and new technologies in a program which includes the academic study of art, design, art history, music, television, theatre arts and journalism.

University of Tennessee at Knoxville - MFA in Design; and Performance

University of Texas at Austin - MFA in Acting; Directing; Drama and Theatre for Youth; Playwriting; Theatrical Design; and Theatre Technology; MA or PhD in Theatre History and Criticism;

University of Washington - MFA in Acting; Directing; Design; PhD in Theatre History and Dramatic History

University of Wisconsin at Madison - MFA in Acting; Directing; Costume Design; Lighting Design; Scenic Design; and Theatre Technology; MA or PhD in Theatre Research; MA or PhD in Theatre for Youth

Webster University - Site provides list of majors and degrees offered in arts, theater, music, and dance.