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Learn more about the theatre arts major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and theatre arts 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 "AER" 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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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


  • Xperimental Theater TA - University of Minnesota
  • Rarig Theater Scene Shop Staff - University of Minnesota
  • Theater Intern - The Children's Theatre Company
  • Director Intern - Guthrie Theater
  • Education Intern - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • UROP, Theatre Arts Department
  • Instructor Intern, Urban Arts Academy
  • Actor, Minnesota Centennial Showboat Players
  • Audience Engagement Intern, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
  • Artistic/Education Intern, Writers Theatre
  • Research Intern, Conan
  • Summer Intern, Play Inc. Community Theatre
  • Dramaturgy Intern, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Production Intern, The Second City
  • Assistant Stage Manager Intern, Children’s Theatre Company
  • Communications Intern, Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Production Assistant, sureCAN Productions
  • Props Intern, Barrington Stage Company
  • Intern, Theater Mu


  • Staff Artist - Interact Center for Visual & Performing Arts
  • Model Builder - LEGO
  • Actor/Dancer - Black Label Movement
  • Assistant Overnight Program Director & Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Education Sales - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Director of Theatre Operations & Special Events - Brave New Workshop
  • Actress/Singer/Dancer - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Performance Educator - 104 Films
  • Assistant Box Office Manager - Mixed Blood Theatre


  • Artistic Director & Producer - Mixed Precipitation
  • Video Production Manager - The Tile Shop
  • Associate Producer - The New York Musical Theatre Festival
  • Actor - Circle Theatre
  • Production Manager & Core Artist - Dangerous Productions
  • Team Lead - the HYPE! Agency
  • K-12 Education Coordinator - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Instructor - Second City Training Center
  • Actress - McGowan Management
  • Associate Producer - David Adkin Limited
  • Ticket Office Concert Supervisor - The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Assistant Director - Tiger Lion Arts
  • Theater Program Director - DeLaSalle High School
  • Associate General Manager/Co-Manager - Davenport Theatrical Enterprises
  • Apprentice - Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Teaching Artist - Youth Performance Company
  • Marketing Coordinator - Twin Cities Film Festival
  • Education Manager - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • General Manager - Music Box Theatre & Music Box Films
  • Actress - Aqua Talent
  • Producer - Freelance
  • User Support Analyst - Optum Global Solutions
  • Producer/Director - Siege Perilous Films
  • Producer - Children's Theatre Company
  • Event Marketing Specialist - Marketing High Profiles Activations
  • Manager, Repertory Sales - Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Actress - Metropolitan Talent Agency
  • Actor - Freelance
  • Director of Development & Communications - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Graduate Programs

  • MFA, Performing Arts Management
  • MFA, Acting - Ohio University
  • Classical Acting - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Communications & Media

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


  • Production Intern - KSTP
  • Legislative Intern - KSTP
  • Writers Centre Intern - Soho Theatre
  • Intern - Onassis Theater Programme
  • Multimedia Intern - Minnesota Premier Publications
  • Metromix Intern - Metromix
  • AV Intern/AV Editor/Multimedia Reporter - The Minnesota Daily
  • Photography Intern - St. Paul Pioneer Press


  • Editorial Assistant - Simon & Schuster
  • Host, Reporter, Senior Manager - Africa 24 Media
  • Marketing Manager - Aga Khan Foundation USA
  • Assistant Web Producer - Metromix
  • Brand Ambassador - Marketing Werks


  • Sales & Promotions Analyst/Graphic Design - Sony Music Entertainment
  • Video Journalism (MMJ)/Fill-in Anchor - KWQC-TV6 News
  • COO & Social Media/Digital Marketing Consultant - The Social 303
  • Production Assistant - Hubbard Broadcasting
  • Sr. Technical Writer/Webmaster - Metropolitan Health Plan
  • Reporter - KSDK-TV NewsChannel 5
  • Publisher Advocate - Sovrn Holdings, Inc.
  • Producer, Director/Technical Director, & Camera Operator - Big Ten Network - Student U Productions
  • Sr. Content Specialist - US Bank
  • Producer - Hubbard Broadcasting


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.