Theater Arts

"I believe talent is like electricity. We do not understand electricity. We use it. Electricity makes no judgement. You can plug into it, and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it...I think talent is like that. I believe every person is born with talent."
- Maya Angelou

SKILLS:

Adlibbing
Applying theory
Articulating
Composing
Conceiving
Conceptual ability
Creating
Developing
Editing
Enlightening
Experimenting 
Explaining concepts
Expressing self
Forecasting
Form perceptions
Generating ideas
Good judgment 
Helping
Imaging
Innovating
Integrating diverse elements 
Leading discussions
Love of literature
Memorizing

Perceptive
Planning
Promoting 
Proofreading
Publishing
Quick thinking
Reading
Relate to abstract ideas
Reporting accurately
Researching
Seeing connections
Showing foresight
Simplifying ideas
Solving problems
Spatial memory
Speaking
Summarizing
Synthesizing perceptions
Teaching
Training
Translating
Visualizing shapes
Working with self-direction
Writing

RELATED CAREER TITLES FOR THEATER MAJORS:

Acting Coach
Actor/Actress
Agent
Amusement Park Entertainer
Announcer
Booking Agent
Broadcast Journalist
Buyer
Choreographer
Communication Consultant
Community Affairs Liaison
Coordinator:

  • Animal-Talent Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Ticket Sales Coordinator

Costumer
Critic
Designer:

  • Costume Designer
  • Exhibit/Display Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Web Designer/webmaster

Development Officer/Fund Raiser 
Director:

  • Admissions Director
  • Art Director
  • Campaign director
  • Casting Director
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Convention Director
  • Public Relations Director
  • Student Activities Director
  • Tourism Director

Draftsman
Drama Coach 
Editor
Equipment Operator
Fashion Merchandiser
Faux Painter
Foreign Correspondent
Health Educator
Impersonator
Instructor, Theater Arts
Journalist
Lawyer
Lighting Operator 
Lobbyist
Magician
Make-up Artist 
Manager:

  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Business Manager
  • Customer Service Manager 
  • Facilities Manager
  • Literary Manager
  • Movie Theater Manager 
  • Museum Manager
  • Prop Manager
  • Script Manager
  • Stage Manager
  • Talent Manager
  • Theater Manager
  • Video Store Manager

Media Planner 
Media Salesperson
Mediator
Mime
Minister/clergy
Model
Narrator
Negotiator
Paralegal
Playwright
Producer
Program Assistant
Public Affairs Officer
Puppeteer
Radio/TV Announcer
Recreational Supervisor
Recruiter
Sales Representative
Scene Painter
Script Coach
Specialist:

  • Advertising/Marketing Specialist
  • Communication Technology Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Student Affairs Specialist 
  • Training and Development Specialist

Stage Combat Coach
Stage hand/Tech crew
Stand-In
Stunt-person
Talent Scout
Teacher
Theater:

  • Theater Critic
  • Theater Educator
  • Theater Researcher
  • Theatrical Photographer

Tour Guide
Travel Agent
Wardrobe Supervisor
Wedding Planner
Writer:

  • Copy Writer
  • Play Writer
  • Script Writer
WORK ENVIRONMENTS:

Advertising agencies
Amusement and theme parks 
Arts Councils
Circus
Colleges and universities
Cruise lines
Film and TV studios
Government agencies
Human Resources:

  • In-house agencies (large companies)
  • Libraries
  • Literary agencies
  • Magazines
  • Marketing 
  • Departments/Firms
  • Museums
  • National radio/TV networks
  • Newspapers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Performing Arts Centers

Professional organizations
Public relations firms
Publishing companies
Religious institutions
Resorts
Retail stores
Schools
Show groups
State/regional networks
Theaters
Children’s theaters
Community theaters
Dinner theaters
Summer stock
University
Touring companies
Trade associations
Trade books

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Actors' Equity Association (union with a resource center)
American Alliance for Theatre and Education (job listing, links)
American Association of Community Theatre (job listing, links)
Americans for the Arts: job listing
American Society of Theater Consultants: links 
American Theater and Drama Society: job listing, graduate mentorship program
Association for Performing Arts Presenters: job listing 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education: job listing, links 
Association for Theatre Movement Educators: fellowships 
Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety
Broadway League: internships

Drama League
Dramatist Guild of America (list of theaters)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Motion Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the U.S.
International Performing Arts for Youth: fellowships
International Playback Theatre Network (with links)
International Society for the Performing Arts: job listing, fellowships
The League of Historic American Theatres: job listing
Music Theater International
National Theater of the Deaf
North American Performing Managers and Agents
Performing Arts Alliance
Screen Actors Guild
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (observership, fellowships)
Theatre Communications Group (paid job newsletter, grants, etc.)
Theatre Development Fund
The United States Center for the International Association of Theater for Children and 
US Institute for Theatre Technology (grants, fellowships, job listing for members)
Voice and Speech Trainers Association: fellowships, grants

WEBSITES:

Actor's Agenda (links to auditions)
Artsearch: job listing, fee 
Artslynx (International Theatre resources) 
Back Stage. Co (job listings)
BackstageJobs.com: jobs, internships
CDE Theatre and Drama Links (International links)
Dance Theater Workshop (residencies) 
Disney Careers (job listings)
Entertainment jobs and internships
E-Performers (auditions and links)
Handson
Kids 4 Broadway
Landing Place: job listing, links 
Lessac Institute: voice, body strength, etc. training
McGraw-Hill Museum of the Humanities (Theater links for jobs and internships)
New Vision New Voice (residency for Playwrights/theaters, auditions)
NYFA (job listing, fellowships)
Playbill Online (job listings)
Showbiz Jobs.Com (job listings)
ShowbizLTD (job listings)
Small –Cast One Act Guide Online
Theatre Central
Theatre Jobs (jobs and internships)

THEATRE WEBSITES:

The American Mime Theatre 
Asian American Theatre Revue Directory: links
Entertainment.ie: lists theatres globally 
International Storytelling Center
LA Stage Alliance:  links to theatres
Marin Theatre: internships 
Time Out: lists London Theatres & shows