Theatre Arts

What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for theater.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Actors
  • Producers and Directors
  • Dancers and Choreographers

Other Job Titles:

  • Box Office Manager
  • Carpenter
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Draper
  • Electrician
  • House Electrician
  • House Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Master Carpenter
  • Master Electrician
  • Pattern Maker
  • Production Manager
  • Projection Designer
  • Properties Artisan
  • Properties Master (supervisor)
  • Publicity Designer
  • Publicity Manager
  • Set Designer
  • Shop Carpenter
  • Shop Foreman
  • Sound Designer
  • Stagehand
  • Stage manager
  • Stitcher
  • Technical Director

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Additional Resources

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information, email , TU Theatre Department Internship Coordinator.

Research/Internship Opportunities:

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Theatre Arts Resume (PDF) in additional to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Interview Questions

Typically directors do not ask questions after your audition. Here are some tips to make sure your audition is successful.
Here are some other questions you should reflect on to better prepare you for possible conversation.
  • Why theatre?
  • What professional theatre productions have you seen recently?
  • What has been your most rewarding experience in theatre thus far- how has it shaped your professional goals?
  • Describe a challenge you faced in a recent production, and how you handled it.
  • What additional skills do you possess that would be an asset to our company?
  • What designers do you admire?
  • Why do you want to be a designer/theatre technician?
  • What are your long-term professional aspirations?
  • What have you read recently that inspired you?
  • With what kinds of technical equipment are you proficient (types of power tools, industrial equipment, software, etc.)
  • In what period/genre do you most enjoy working? With which do you feel weakest?

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.