Career Development

Theatre and Performance

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College. Discover more about the B.A. in Theatre and Performance, and find out about program requirements, courses, and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major? Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Theatre and Performance major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Ability to write and speak clearly
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Read accurately and analytically
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Understand institutional and cultural values
  • Research and gathering information
  • Measure media effects
  • Attention to detail
  • Synthesizing  information


  • Actor/Actress
  • Costume Design
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Drama Coach 
  • Drama Therapist
  • Educator
  • Entertainment Writer
  • Fine Arts Manager
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Personal Asst. to Director 
  • Playwright
  • Press Agent 
  • Producer 
  • Program Assistant
  • Publicist
  • Set Designer
  • Script Supervisor
  • Talent Agent
  • Talent Representative 
  • Theater Manager
  • Theatrical Agent
  • Ticket Sales Coordinator
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Writer/Editor


  • Theaters
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Educational  Institutions
  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Talent Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS  - The Dramatists Guild of America - The League of American Theatres and Producers - Writers Guild of America - East - Directors Guild of America - Playwrights' Center - NY State Theatre Education Association - The Actors Fund, for everyone in entertainment - Casting Society of America - Labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers. - Self Employment in the Arts - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

 JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Career advice and casting information - Jobs in stage and theatre - Job and industry information in the media - Site for the professional creative marketplace - Internships and jobs in the media Source for behind-the-scenes jobs in the Live Entertainment Industry  (ARTSEARCH) - Theatre Communications Group's job search site (call x6370 for username/password) - Connect member theatre organizations with interns - Jobs at the Shubert Organization's 17 Broadway theatres

Please visit the following majors pages for additional resources:  Acting and Playwriting and Screenwriting

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Updated 7/15

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