Career Opportunities for Majors in Theater Arts


Theatre is a creative art in which true excellence can only be achieved through total mastery of the mind, body and technical craft. The Theatre Arts curricula combine rigorous studio class work with a demanding production schedule to provide students with in depth training and practice in theatre.

Undergraduate training options include acting, scenic, costume and lighting design, theatre and costume technology, and production and management training. First year students learn a foundation in theatre and its history, expository writing, art history and receive a specially designed theatre course relating to the student's area of interest. Students begin intensive theatre study as sophomores.

The continued development of the visual media is expanding the volume of opportunities for majors in theatre. Networking, job experience, internships and expertise in your specialty are paramount to success. Employers for many better off-stage positions prefer an advanced degree in most aspects of the theatre, yet openings are also available for students starting out with a bachelor's degree.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

ACTORS - Computer ADDITIONAL - Playright BACKSTAGE - Rigger
ACTORS - Film ADDITIONAL - Playwright BACKSTAGE - Set Designer
ACTORS - Radio ADDITIONAL - Public Relations Rep. BACKSTAGE - Sound Designer
ACTORS - Stage ADDITIONAL - Puppeteer BACKSTAGE - Special Effects Designer
ACTORS - TV ADDITIONAL - Script Writer BACKSTAGE - Stage Manager
ADDITIONAL - Advertising Specialist ADDITIONAL - Teacher BACKSTAGE - Wardrobe Supervisor
ADDITIONAL - Announcer ADDITIONAL - Ventriloquist PRODUCTION - Agent
ADDITIONAL - Coach ADDITIONAL -Script Writer PRODUCTION - Box Office Manager
ADDITIONAL - Commedian BACKSTAGE - Artist PRODUCTION - Casting Director
ADDITIONAL - Communications Specialist BACKSTAGE - Costume Designer PRODUCTION - Company Manager
ADDITIONAL - Disc Jockey BACKSTAGE - Electrician PRODUCTION - Executive Director
ADDITIONAL - Drama Therapis BACKSTAGE - Film Editor PRODUCTION - General Manager
ADDITIONAL - Drama Therapist BACKSTAGE - Hair Stylist PRODUCTION - House Manager
ADDITIONAL - Furniture Designer BACKSTAGE - Interior Decorator PRODUCTION - Marketing Director
ADDITIONAL - Labor Relations Specialist BACKSTAGE - Lighting Designer PRODUCTION - Personal Manager
ADDITIONAL - Manager BACKSTAGE - Make-up Artist PRODUCTION - Public Relations Manager
ADDITIONAL - Media Relations Rep. BACKSTAGE - Miniature Set Designer PRODUCTION - Talent Manager
ADDITIONAL - Mime BACKSTAGE - Property Manager PRODUCTION - Theatrical Press Agent
ADDITIONAL - Newscaster BACKSTAGE - Recordist PRODUCTION - Touring Production Mgr.

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Apparel Manufacturers Movie Studios Retail Organizations
Colleges/Universities News Stations Science Centers
Corporate Communications Newspapers/Magazines Talent Agencies
Cosmetic Firms Party Companies Telecommunications Firms
High schools Promotional Companies Television/Radio Stations
Lighting Companies Public Relations Firms Theaters
Government Agencies
Cultural Affairs Agencies Institute of Museum Services U.S. Information Agency
Department of Education National Archives & Records Administration Voice of America
Freer Gallery of Art National Endowment for the Arts
Hirshhorn Museum National Endowment for the Humanities

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Theater Arts

Organization Job Title
Two Dots Productions Product Specialist
Parsons-Meares, LTD Arts And Designers
Wesleyan University Program Coordinator
Rover.com Harness Test Administrator
Broken Box Mime Theater Creative & Education Director

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Theater Arts

Shoestring Players Actor
Universal Studios Actor/Writer
Actor's Equity Actress
Children's Theater of NJ Actress
NJ Newspapers Advertising Director
New Stage Theater Art Director
Open Eye Theater Art Director
PNC Arts Center Arts Center Manager
Open Mind Productions Arts Consultant/Actor
Joseph Papp/ A. Harper Assistant Subscription Director
Sherman & Sterling Attorney
CBS News Broadcast Associate
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