What Can I Do With a Major In Acting?

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You can do a lot with this major! Acting majors go on to successful careers in film and theater, the arts, speech and performance work, education, politics, publicity, and much more.

The Acting major leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. It's a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota and the renowned Guthrie Theater. Learn more about the major here or through the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Acting majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong performance and presentation skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Project management skills        

Interest Code: ASE

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Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are acting alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Acting majors utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
Arts & Culture - ASE


  • Actor/Student Intern - Guthrie Theater
  • Acting Apprentice, Shakespeare on the Sound


  • Field Producer & Host - Zocalo Public Square
  • Company Member - Vintage Theater Collective
  • Area Representative - South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities
  • Actor - Guthrie Theater
  • Actor - SF Playhouse
  • Founder/CEO - Edge Magazine
  • Office Manager/Administrative Assistant - Miller Consulting Group
  • Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director - Shakespeare on the Cape
  • Executive Director - The Wild Plan
  • Actor & Teaching Artist - Children's Theatre Company
  • Actor - Minnesota Centennial Showboat


  • Director of Programs - LIFT Salesforce Consulting
  • Teaching Artist - South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities
  • Area Representative - South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities
  • Teaching Artist - Utah Shakespearean Festival
  • Lecturer - Notre Dame de Namur University*
  • Director - One Race Global Film Foundation
  • Freelance Writer
  • Videographer - Epic Media
  • Actor, Composer - Payomet Performing Arts Center
  • Wig Specialist - Radio City Music Hall
  • Development Associate - Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Actor - Gremlin Theatre
  • Actor & Teaching Artist - Guthrie Theater
  • Actor - The Acting Company
  • Dialect Coach & Language Consultant - LA Speech Maven
  • Partner & Co-Founder - The Back Room Shakespeare Project
  • Teaching Artist - The Warehouse Theatre
  • Actor/Director/Producer
  • Co-Artistic Director - Front Porch Arts Collective
  • Choreographer - American Players Theatre
  • Adjunct Professor - Diablo Valley College*
  • Actor - Freelance
  • Actress & Singer - Roger Paul Inc. and Avalon Artists
  • Post Production Supervisor - New York Film Academy
  • VoiceOver Artist - Creative Sound Works
  • Founding Producer - Barry Meyer Productions
  • Actor, Singer, Spoken Word Artist, Organizer - People with a Message Productions
  • Faculty Member - St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists*
  • Actor - Guthrie Theater
  • Educator - Catharsis Productions
  • Co-Artistic Director - Front Porch Arts Collective
  • Owner - Vagabond Entertainment
  • Teaching Artist - Metropolitan Arts Council
  • Actor - Self Employed
  • Actor - San Jose Stage Company
  • Contributing Writer - Bustle
  • Improviser - The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
  • Performer - Wellfleet Harbor Actor's
  • Company Member/Director - Grandma
  • Associate Director of Programming - Penumbra Theatre Company
  • Actor - Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lakes Theater

Graduate Programs

  • MFA