What Can I Do With a Major In Theatre Arts?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major! Theatre Arts majors go on to successful careers in the arts, business, education, government, performance, publishing, and much more.

Students may pursue either a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) or B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts). In the B.A., students can focus on performance, history/literature, or design/technology. The B.F.A. is an actor training program administered by the U of M in cooperation with Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre. Learn more about the U of M Theatre Arts program.

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:

  • Performance and presentation skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Project management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Critical thinking skills  

Interest Code: AER

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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 Theatre Arts alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Theatre Arts 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

Internships

  • 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
  • Actor, Minnesota Centennial Showboat Players
  • Audience Engagement Intern, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
  • Artistic/Education Intern, Writers Theatre

Entry-Level

  • 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

Experienced

  • 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
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications

Internships

  • 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

Entry-Level

  • 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

Experienced

  • 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