Career Profiles: Theatre Arts

CSULB Department of Theatre Arts

The theatre arts career field is comprised of those professions involved in performance, direction, design, and management. Performance opportunities include positions on stage in in television and movies. Community theatre, recreational theatre, educational theatre, theme parks, and children’s theatre are also places of employment. Although theatre careers are found throughout the country, the largest concentrations of performing arts in the metropolitan areas. Skills needed in this field are theatrical knowledge, team collaboration, creativity, and problem solving. Theatre art professionals often work intermittently and wait long periods for work. Because of stiff competition for professional positions, formal training and professional connections are becoming increasingly necessary to obtain positions in this field.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Actor, Actress
  • Casting Director
  • Costuming Supervisor
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Dramatic Coach
  • Lighting Technician
  • Make-up Artist
  • Marketing Director
  • Model
  • Narrator
  • Performing Arts Administrator
  • Playwright
  • Press Agent
  • Program Assistant
  • Recreation Leader
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Sound and Special Effects Specialist
  • Stage Director

Where Employed:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Children’s theaters
  • Drama conservatories
  • Performing arts centers
  • Private and public schools
  • Recreation departments
  • Summer stock and dinner theaters
  • Television and film studios
  • Theaters
  • Touring companies
  • University theaters

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