Real World Applications for your Theatre Degree AREAS EMPLOYERS PERFORMING__________________________________________________________________ Stage Community & regional theatres Television Dinner & commercial theatres Radio Summer stock & children’s theatres Film/movie business Repertory & touring companies Video Amusement & theme parks Television & film studios Radio stations Night clubs Cruise lines EDUCATION____________________________________________________________________ Private instruction Public & private schools Teaching Colleges & universities Research Jr. colleges & certificate programs Various types of theatre WRITING______________________________________________________________________ Scriptwriting Theatres Playwriting Television & film studios Screenwriting Television & radio stations Journalism Video production companies Publicity (press agents) Magazines & newspapers Research Freelance AREAS EMPLOYERS BUSINESS______________________________________________________________________ Producing & management Theatres Box office sales & promotions Arts Councils Agents Television & film studios Marketing & advising Broadway Fundraising & development Road company productions Coordination of volunteers Regional & dinner theatres Administration of arts programs Stock productions DIRECTING_____________________________________________________________________ Direction Theatres of various types Technical direction Television & motion picture studios Casting Video production companies Set design Stage management Support staff Other performance venues BEHIND THE SCENES_____________________________________________________________ Stage management Community & regional theatres Stage director Commercial & dinner theatres Set design/construction Summer stock theatres Property design Children’s theatres Lighting, sound & costume design Repertory & touring theatres Camera operation University theatre groups Hair & make-up applications Amusement & theme parks Special effects Television & film companies Wardrobe Radio stations & nightclubs Prop management & construction Public or community programs Carpenter & scenic artist Cruise lines ____________GENERAL STRATEGIES__________________________ Gain as much experience as possible by completing an internship or an apprenticeship with a local theatre and/or participating in summer stock. Network with people in the field and join professional groups to make contacts. Read newspapers, periodicals & trade magazines to keep apprised of current events relating to theatre. Join a relevant union or guild to be eligible for employment. Volunteer, if possible, with fundraising and/or theatre activities. Check for the legitimacy of agencies and companies before making any commitments. Be prepared to move to a different area for opportunities. Theatre helps students develop verbal and written communication & public speaking skills. These skills are highly valued and practical to employers in sales, marketing, management & public relations. After acquiring an interest, there are many ways to be involved in the theatre while working in another career field.