Career Resources by Discipline/Major

Theatre Arts

What can I do with this Discipline/major?

Common Career Titles for Theatre from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Producers and Directors
Dancers and Choreographers

Other Job Titles:
Box Office Manager
Costume Designer
Costume Shop Manager
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
Stage manager
Technical Director

Additional Resources - Careers in Theatre

Vault Downloadable Guides

  • Vault Guide to Media, Entertainment, & Journalism Careers
  • Career Launcher: Film
  • Career Launcher: Performing Arts
  • Career Launcher: Television

Follow these instructions to download the guides listed above:

  1. Log in to (The first time you log in, you will need to follow the "New to Vault?" instructions. You must use your TU email address to create an account.)
  2. Click on the "Guides" tab on the far right
  3. Click on "All Guides (A to Z)" and scroll through the list to find the title you want.
  4. Click the "View Guide" button to access the guide

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.

TU Theatre Department Internship Coordinator: Jay Herzog

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.


The sample resumes are provided for your information. We encourage you to look at the resume sample for your major in addition to the other samples that are included in our resume sample 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 Web site. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.


Typically Directors do not ask questions after you 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 conversation that may come up:

  • 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.



The Career Center
7800 York Road Building, Suite 206 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call to schedule an appointment.
Express Hours Fall and Spring Semester: Monday – Thursday, 1 - 4 p.m.
(No appointment needed for 15-minute consultation)

Phone: 410-704-2233
Fax: 410-704-3459

Department of Theatre Arts

Academic Advising

Study Abroad

Career Mentor Database

Related Student Groups

Related resources: theatre arts book cover

Learn more about careers in theatre arts by visiting the career resource library.

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