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What can I do with a major in Theatre?

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The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

Description of Theatre

The Department of Theatre offers courses of instruction which are designed to develop an understanding of the theatrical arts as an integral part of the society in which they exist. The courses are grounded in the belief that the liberal arts curriculum should give the highest priorities to the teaching of principles and concepts, and that skills are valuable only if they are integrated components of a thorough understanding of those underlying principles and concepts.

A major in Theatre provides the basis for further study in graduate school, professional theatre training, or in the area of arts management. (Rhodes’ Department of Theatre Website)

Possible Job Titles of Theatre Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Actor
Actress*
Advertising Specialist
Announcer
Artist Agent
Box Office Manager
Case Manager*
Casting Director
Columnist
Comedian
Composer/Arranger
Costuming/Wardrobe*
Counselor*
Critic
Disc Jockey
Drama Therapist
Dramatization Teacher
Editor
Educator
Help Desk Specialist
Journalist
Librarian
Lighting Designer
Marketing Assistant
Makeup Artist
Merchandising Assistant*
Missionary
Musician
Personal Manager
Program Director*
Promoter
Public Relations Representative
Publisher
Self-Employed
Singer/Performer
Social Worker
Special Events Coordinator
Talent Agent
Teacher*
Technician
Theatre School Admissions*
Tour Manager
TV Director
Volunteer Coordinator
Webmaster
Writer

Possible Employers and Employment Settings for Theatre Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Advertising Agencies
Archives
Bergdorf Goodman*
Body Politic Theatre*
Bookstores
Broadcasting Companies
Businesses and Corporations
Chambers of Commerce
City Improv*
Colleges and Universities*
Community Dev. Agencies
Consulting Services
DeSoto Youth Theatre*
Education Departments
Entertainment Companies
Freelance*
Government Agencies
Human Service Agencies
Insurance Companies
Libraries
Magazines & Newspapers
Maine State Musical Theatre*
Museums
Music and Film Studios
Music Industry Associations
Music Stores
Music Therapy Centers
Non-profit Organizations*
Orchestras
Performing Art Centers
Private Employers*
Professional/Trade Associations
Public Interest Groups
Public Relation Firms
Publishing Companies
Radio and Television Stations
Religious Organizations
Research Foundations
School Systems*
Social Service Agencies
Travel and Tour Agencies

Skill Sets and Interests Associated with Theatre Majors

  • Observation of human traits and characteristics  
  • Group skills
  • Expressive ability     
  • Skills with tools, design, lighting, and make-up
  • Willingness to risk and sublimate the self  
  • Ability to accurately capture character in writing
  • Ability to perform/communicate in front of live audiences   

Top Career Services Resources for Theatre Majors

  • Liberal Arts Jobs by Burt Nadler
  • Careers for Culture Lovers and Other Artsy Types by Margaret Gisler
  • Breaking into Film by Kenna McHugh
  • Breaking into Television by Don Weaver and Jason Siegel
  • Careers for Class Clowns and Other Engaging Types by Jan Goldberg
  • Great Jobs for Theatre Majors by Jan Goldberg

Rhodes Campus Contacts Associated with Theatre

Career Services
901-843-3800
rhodes.edu/careerservices 

Department of Theatre
901-843-3838
rhodes.edu/theatre

Additional Resources/Contacts for Theatre Majors

American Association of Community Theatre
Theatre Organizations
Southeastern Theatre Conference
League of American Theatres and Producers
Theatre Jobs
Conference of Drama Schools