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.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • 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

CAREER TITLES

  • 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

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

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

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.dramatistsguild.com  - The Dramatists Guild of America
www.broadwayleague.com - The League of American Theatres and Producers
www.wgaeast.org - Writers Guild of America - East
www.dga.org - Directors Guild of America
www.playwritingopportunities.com  - Playwriting Links and Resources
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

 JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.backstage.com - Career advice and casting information
www.playbill.com - Jobs in stage and theatre
www.mediabistro.com - Job and industry information in the media
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.entertainmentcareers.net - Internships and jobs in the media
http://offstagejobs.com/- Source for behind-the-scenes jobs in the Live Entertainment Industry
www.tcg.org  (ARTSEARCH) - Theatre Communications Group's job search site (call x6370 for username/password)
www.art-newyork.org/internship-program - Connect member theatre organizations with interns
www.shubertorganization.com/organization/jobs.asp - Jobs at the Shubert Organization's 17 Broadway theatres

BOOKS AVAILBLE AT CDC

  • Career Opportunities in Theatre and Performing Arts
  • Dramatists Sourcebook
  • Theatre Directory
  • Great Jobs for Theater Majors
  • Career Opportunities in Writing
  • Opportunities in Entertainment Careers

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

 

Updated 11/13