Theater majors have the opportunity to participate in performance, writing, production,
costume design and other segments that make up the magic of theater.
You also will develop strong skills in communication and presentation that are highly
valued in other fields.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
|Box Office Manager
Nature of the Work
Beginning stage actors generally start in "bit" parts where they speak only a few
lines. They frequently serve as understudies for the principals. Film and television
actors, in contrast, may begin in large roles or start out doing commercials.
Some actors move into acting-related jobs as drama coaches or directors and producers
of stage, television, radio, or movie productions.
Directors interpret plays or scripts for stage, movie, television, and radio productions.
They conduct auditions and rehearsals, and hire and direct the cast and crew.
A few theaters majors teach drama in colleges and universities.
Places of Employment
||Motion picture studios
||Public relations firms
||Public television stations
||Resident acting companies
||Resident professional theaters
|Federal, state and local arts councils
While a college degree is not necessary for a career in theaters, it does provide
you with excellent training in liberal arts, stage speech and movement, directing,
play writing, play production, design, and history of the drama, as well as acting.
Individuals with a bachelor's degree or three years of experience may qualify for
an assistant directors training program offered by the Directors Guild of America.
If you want to teach at a college or university, you will need a master of arts or
a master of fine arts degree. Many faculty members possess a Ph.D. or a D.F.A. (doctorate
in fine arts) or an M.F.A. (master's in fine arts).
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.