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Theatre

1. What is the Theatre major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Theatre resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Theatre major?

1. What is the Theatre major?

The career track in all of the arts is pretty simple. Either you make a living at your art, or you don’t. If you do, then you do in a small way or a big way. Your ability to practice, your networking skills, and the talent you demonstrate all play a role in whether or not you succeed. Perseverance also plays a role in your success. As Marlon Brando put it, “The key to succeeding in Hollywood is to stick around.”

Wake Forest theatre majors have gone on to successful careers both in and outside of theatre. With the broad liberal arts education all students receive at Wake Forest, graduates emerge as strong critical thinkers, prepared to face life’s many challenges. Through discipline, performers, directors, designers, and stage managers learn clear self-expression and therefore grow in their ability to communicate well with others orally, visually, and in writing. They also learn about themselves and develop self confidence, organizational and analytical skills, and creative approaches to problem solving. Wake Forest theatre majors have become actors, directors, stage managers, designers, theatre artistic directors, professors, cabaret singers, playwrights, and members of comedy troupes. Others have made careers outside of the arts and enjoy participating in community theatre. Many graduates also serve on boards for civic arts organizations.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Theatre majors include:
Actor/Actress
Advertising Specialist
Artist Agent
Box Office Manager
Casting Agent
Clown
Costume Designer
Director
Educator
Filmmaker
Hair/Make-up Artist
Marketing Director
Mascot
Production Assistant
Public Relations Specialist
Salesperson
Set, Lighting, or Prop Designer
Special Effects Manager
Stage Manager
Technical Director

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Creativity; Expressive ability; Keen observation of human traits and characteristics; Conceptual ability; Exposure to drama of various historical time periods ; Ability to work independently and with others; Quick thinking; Ability to relate to abstract ideas; Oral communication skills; Creative problem solving and interpretation; and memorization skills.

4. What Theatre resources are available?

Art Search/Theatre Communications Group (See Career office for password)
4 Entertainment Jobs
Entertainment Careers
ShowBiz Ltd
Actors’ Equity Association
Backstage Jobs
Show Biz Jobs
University of South Carolina site with many links
TV and Radio Jobs
TV Jobs-Broadcast Employment Services
Screen Actor’s Guild
Playbill On-Line Theater job postings
Twin City Stage
Piedmont Triad Film Commission
Tar Heel Films
NC Film Office
Wilmington Regional Film Commission
RiverRun Film Festival

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Theatre majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Theatre major?

For more information about the Theatre major, visit the WFU Department of Theatre and Dance.