Why Theatre

I have heard many people say "What can you do with a Theatre Degree?" most people assume when you talk about theatre it is all about Acting. When I ask people if they want to get involved in theatre their first response is almost always "I can't act/sing" or "I get stage fright" Little do they know there are so many ways to be involved in theatre. 


 The study of theatre equips a student with a broad range of communication and organizational skills applicable to many careers, including those in the performing arts. The theatre major’s presentation skills, ability to perform in public and control of the voice and body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others.

Theatre also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively, think critically, develop a project collaboratively, work independently and under pressure, meet deadlines and maintain composure when faced with the unexpected. Well- developed communication skills enable graduates to contribute to and succeed in many professions. For example, the ability to put feelings and impressions about the world into words is needed by such diverse professionals as a theatre critic and a drama therapist. A sample of representative skills

 Problem solving 
 Explaining concepts 
 Public speaking 
 Analyzing and interpreting the emotions and motives of others 
 Ability to concentrate and practice intensely for long periods of time 
 Communicating ideas and emotions creatively 
 Working under pressure and meeting deadlines 
 Understanding ideas within historical/social context 
 Sound, lighting, costum- ing, makeup and design techniques 
 Speaking articulately and listening introspectively 
 Interacting with colleagues in a team setting 
 Comparing and contrasting ideas/information 
 Good health, stamina and body coordination 
 Voice control/modulation 
 Ability to maintain compo- sure when faced with the unexpected 

The skills and abilities developed through a major in Theatre serve as the building blocks for a wide range of occupations and career paths. It is important to realize that the activities represented by these job titles might be found in business, government, educational institutions, or nonprofit agencies. These job titles are examples of some of the ways in which theatre majors have applied their skills and abilities. In general, an advanced degree is required for those occupations marked with an asterisk (*) on the list that follows:

 Job Titles (include but not limited to)    
Prod. Support Services  
Arts Administration
Company Manager 
Development Director 
Development Associate 
Theatre Teacher 
Scenic Designer 
Scenic Artist
Press Agent

*Arts Council Director
Lighting Designer
*Business Manager
Audience Relations Specialist
*Drama Therapist
Voice-over Artist
Personal Manager
*Community Arts Center
Hair/Makeup Artist’s Agent
Marketing Director Outreach Coordinator 
Costume Designer 
Stage Manager
Box Office Manager

Booking Agent
*Managing Director 
*College Professor
Special Effects
Grants Specialist
Acting Coach
*Literary Agent
Public Relations Director
Property Designer
Casting Director 
*Theatre Librarian

Some Employers of Theatre Majors

Community Organizations
Educational/Cultural Institutions
Fundraising Firms
Production Companies
Colleges, Universities, Schools
Touring Companies

Arts Councils
Performing Arts Organizations 
Amusement and Theme Parks 
Cruise Lines
Film Companies 
Entertainment Law Firms

Source  Arts Schools and Colleges 

Arizona Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Arizona , 811 W Toltec Dr, Coolidge, AZ 85128

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