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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 Area of Specialization
  • Actor/Actress
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Booking Agent
  • Box Office Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Costume Designer
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Drama Instructor
  • Dramaturge
  • Editor
  • Historian
  • House Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Literary Manager
  • Makeup/Wig Master
  • Media
  • Movement Specialist
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Professor/Instructor/Teacher
  • Property Master
  • Public Relations
  • Scene Painter
  • Set Constructor
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Technician
  • Stagehand
  • Stage Manager
  • Subscription Director
  • Talent Agent
  • Technical Director
  • Touring Director
  • Vocal Coach
  • Vocal Specialist
  • Wardrobe Assistant

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
  • Acting schools
  • Advertising agencies
  • Broadway theaters
  • Television stations
  • Commercial networks
  • Community theaters
  • Cable television
  • Dinner theaters
  • Federal, state and local arts councils
  • Film companies
  • Motion picture studios
  • Public relations firms
  • Public television stations
  • Resident acting companies
  • Resident professional theaters
  • School districts
  • Summer theaters
  • Universities/colleges


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) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.


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