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
pwcenter.org - Playwrights’ Center
www.nystea.org - NY State Theatre Education Association
www.actorsfund.org - The Actors Fund, for everyone in entertainment
www.castingsociety.com - Casting Society of America
www.actorsequity.org - Labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers.
www.selfemploymentinthearts.com - Self Employment in the Arts
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Visit 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.art-newyork.org/seeking-an-internship - Connect member theatre organizations with interns
shubert.nyc/about-us/jobs/ - Jobs at the Shubert Organization’s 17 Broadway theatres

Please visit the following majors pages for additional resources:  ActingTheatre Design/Technology and Playwriting and Screenwriting

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