What Can I Do With a Major In Acting?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the acting major. 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 problem-solving, strong communication skills and creative thinking.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ASE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Graduate Programs

A master of fine arts (MFA) is a common advance degree sought by people with this major. This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

Alumni Career Examples

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 alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 


Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required


  • Actor/Student Intern - Guthrie Theater
  • Acting Apprentice, Shakespeare on the Sound
  • Education Intern, Children’s Theatre Company
  • Administrative Assistant, Guthrie Theater BFA Acting Training Program


  • 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
  • Actor - Guthrie Theater
  • Actor - Guthrie Theater
  • Executive Director - The Wild Plan
  • Actress - Guthrie Theater
  • 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

A master of fine arts (MFA) is a common advance degree sought by people with this major. Learn more about different graduate programs in this field.


The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.