Why Theatre?

Many students interested in applying to Theatre are faced with questions from their parents and friends such as: “What will you do with a degree in Theatre?” A degree in Theatre is great preparation for almost any job.  You learn how to work independently on a group project, to meet real deadlines, and you learn to see how your part fits into the whole.

Obvious career paths that include performer, designer, technician, creator, actor, artistic director, technical director, stage manager, fight director, dramaturg, carpenter, seamstress, front-of-house director, theatre administrator, producer, accent coach — we have many graduates who have gone on to pursue careers in these fields.

We also have former students who are now researchers, writers, and teachers who, through the nature of their work, share their love of the arts with others.

Many other career possibilities exist for Theatre alumni. As a School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design student, you will develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. When asked to list the qualities and skills they most value in their employees, employers identify:

  • the ability to think creatively,
  • the ability to work collaboratively,
  • the ability to present ideas publicly,
  • the ability to “read” the people in the room
  • the ability to problem solve effectively

In the Theatre, we work this way all the time. Teamwork is a fact of life for artists, whether the task is preparing for a performance, researching the style of machinery used in Victorian theatres, directing a play or designing a prop.

There are other qualities that make Theatre graduates special:

  • they are passionate about what they do,
  • they have the ability to work to a strict deadline,
  • they are self-disciplined.