• Students Build Audience Seating

    Career & Postgraduate Opportunities

    It is certainly true that the performing arts is still a small community. The Department has a number of connections, and Hamline alumni locally and across the country are willing to provide you with assistance and advice. Building a career in the performing arts requires talent, persistence, luck and solid preparation.

    The good news is that the performing arts industry is expanding. The integration of performing arts techniques into everything from education to computer games has made the organization, managerial and technical skills taught in the performing arts a valuable commodity.

    Building Your Portfolio

    As you plan your career it is important to assess your skills and interests and to work closely with your advisor to gain the kinds of experiences and knowledge that you will need to obtain your first position. A well planned internship, summer theatre experiences and work off campus are all strongly encouraged by the Department. By the time of graduation your resume should reflect a range of experiences in different venues.

    Casting Your Net Wide

    Besides work as performers or technicians in live theatre, people trained in the performing arts find satisfying careers as media managers for advertising agencies, speech writers, arts managers, facilities managers, special event planners, grant writers, community development planners and producers. Television, film and the growing digital media industry also provide a number of specialized careers and work opportunities.

    Continuing Your Education

    For some people a graduate degree is a part of their career plan. The process of considering graduate programs and selecting a graduate school usually begins in the fall of the senior year. Many students will want to consider doing the University and Resident Theatre Auditions (URTA). If at all possible it is recommended that you visit the graduate programs that you find most interesting. As you start the application process it is important to consult your advisor.

    Job Search

    There are a number of different ways to find jobs in the performing arts. You can begin your search online on sites that provide information about publicly posted jobs such as Playbill On Line Jobs. In addition to these resources, some organizations send inquiries to the theatre, these will be posted in the Design Classroom (tech positions) or on the Callboard.

  • Career Development Center

    Learn more about career paths, transferable skills, and relevant organizations that relate to a major in Theatre Arts.

    Download a career information sheet for your major from the Career Development Center. You may also contact the Career Development Center at 651-523-2302 or workshop@hamline.edu for more information.