Careers in Theatre

Why Theatre?

The study of theatre equips a student with a broad range of communication and organizational skills applicable to many careers, not solely those in the performing arts. The theatre major’s presentation skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the voice and body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others.

Theatre also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, to listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively, think critically, develop projects collaboratively, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines and maintain composure when faced with the unexpected.

Career Opportunities

Careers in theatre include, but are not limited, to:

  • Actor
  • Artistic Director
  • Box Office Manger
  • Business Manger
  • Choreographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Shop Supervisor
  • Drama Coach
  • Dramaturge
  • Director
  • Fight Choreographer
  • House Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Makeup Arts
  • Master Carpenter
  • Master Electrician
  • Musical Director
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Pyrotechnician
  • Recording Engineer
  • Rigger
  • Scenic Designer
  • Scenic Painter
  • Sound Designer
  • Special Effects Designer
  • Stage Crew
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Technician
  • Theatre Consultant
  • Theatre Critic
  • Theatre Educator
  • Vocal Coach

Most professional occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly, utilize technology, and work well with others on a team to solve creative challenges. A major in theatre arts prepares students well for an amazing variety of collaborative, creative, people-oriented careers. The theatre arts degree brings a unique background for success in any area where words, ideas and public contact are important including careers in:

  • Administration
  • Advertising/Marketing Specialist
  • Amusement Park Entertainer
  • Art Director or Arts Administrator
  • Booking Manager
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Business Manager
  • Communication Technology Specialist
  • Community Affairs Officer
  • Computer Design Specialist
  • Conflict Mediator
  • Copy Writer
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Development Officer/Fundraiser
  • Drama Therapy
  • Education
  • Entertainment Producer
  • Equipment Operator
  • Event and Production Management
  • Facilities Manager
  • Exhibit/Display Designer
  • Human Relations Specialist
  • Interior or Fashion Designer
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Planner
  • Model
  • Movie Theater Manager
  • Personal or Program Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Recruitment Officer
  • Sales Representative
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Student Affairs Specialist
  • Talent Manager/Scout
  • Theatre Journalist
  • Ticket Sales Coordinator
  • Tour Guide
  • Tourism Program Director
  • Training & Development Specialist
  • Voice-Over Performer
  • Writer/Editor

Preparing You for the Future

Besides providing training in a variety of theatrical venues and roles, our department also provides two courses where you learn how to prepare important job seeking documentation. In THE395 Junior Seminar, students learn the essentials of resume and cover letter writing, headshot and portfolio creation, as well as audition and interview techniques. In THE490 Senior Capstone, students create a five year plans, write culminating essays, and present the body of their work from their years of study.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the theatre program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Kim Hartshorn, Chairperson
Office: Myers Fine Arts 124
Phone: (518) 564-2478