To be successful in the performing arts, students must develop a range of communication, organizational, and analytical skills in addition to honing artistic and technical ability. These skills are applicable to many careers, including those in the performing arts, and open up students to exciting career possibilities on and off stage.
But do I need a degree to perform, design, dance, direct, etc.? While it’s true, a college degree does not guarantee a position in the world of theatre and dance (as is the case with any field), study and practice are the best ways to prepare yourself for the rigorous demands of the profession, therefore increasing your chances on the job market. Within the competitive landscape of the performing arts there are many very talented people vying for each job. To set yourself above the rest requires skills honed through training, knowledge acquired through study, and fortitude developed through discipline.
Students who study areas of performance (dance, acting, music theatre, choreography, directing, etc.) use their artistic, professional, and personal skills to work in the arts. To be a successful artist in the 21st century, it’s important to develop yourself as a “whole artist”, integrating interests, knowledge, and perspective from within the field as well as from other disciplines. Performance careers include:
Students of theatre and dance often find careers focused on building and shaping the future of the arts and entertainment industries. Utilizing the skills and knowledge from a degree in Theatre, Dance, or Music Theatre, students pursue careers in:
Design and Production students are interested in the creative act of design and execution for live performance, and employ a wide range of skills and interests to combine art and technology to explore and advance how artistry is experienced. Students find career opportunities in a wide range of positions in the field of theatre, dance, digital media, production, and beyond, including:
Theatre and Dance students often, directly or indirectly, apply their creativity, critical thinking skills, and expertise to educational opportunities, both in traditional classrooms and beyond. Many students will become certified educators in K-12 and collegiate environments, and others will find ways to share their artistic passion through various teaching and educational experiences. Educational careers include:
Exploring the performing arts includes an exploration into human nature, the physical, mental, and emotional. Work related to this may be include working with people with illnesses, older adults, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and trauma survivors, as well as the exploration of mind-body practices through research and practice. Students who study theatre and dance find they can utilize their skills and passion for the arts to help improve the lives of others through such careers as: