Career Exploration


Career development is a lifelong process of self-discovery, career exploration, gaining meaningful experiences, intentional reflection, and career decision-making and planning. Utilize CLA Career Services staff and resources to help you navigate your career exploration and post-graduation planning process.

Theatre Arts majors develop great skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. These skills include performance and presentation skills, leadership skills, and critical thinking skills, among others.


For more information on what
you can do with a major in
Theatre Arts & Dance,
visit CLA Career Services or
explore Handshake, the U of M's
exclusive online career database.

Theatre arts majors go on to successful careers in the arts, business, education, government, performance, publishing, and much more.

In addition, what you do outside of the classroom can improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and build your resume. Therefore, we encourage you to seek out real-world experience through research opportunities, community engagement, and internships to help you feel confident in your decision upon graduation. Students may also also gain valuable and relevant skills in theatre arts and dance by studying abroad or joining a student organization.


Prioritize your next steps by building an effective strategy for applying to graduate programs, jobs, and/or service opportunities. You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a CLA Career Counselor by calling 612-624-7577, explore Handshake, the U of M’s exclusive job and internship search database; and attend upcoming employer and career events and workshops to start building a network.

CLA Career Services
411 Bruininks Hall
Career Counselor, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Contact Erica Tealey at for specialized career and graduate planning for Theatre Arts & Dance majors.