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Theater Arts

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Theater Arts
Theater Arts Web Sites
Graduate School Information


Theater Arts at Brandeis is uniquely taught at the intersection of history, theory, literature, and performance.  Students are exposed to a curriculum combining academic inquiry and practical artistic experience, as it incorporates diversity and community in a sophisticated process of creative expression. Study in the theater arts, through tracks in acting, dance and movement, design/tech, directing, educational theater, musical theater, stage management, and sound design, not only explores the complex role of theater in society but helps students to develop their artistry with the idealism of a global perspective.  The department states that its approach continually reflects the mission of Brandeis University as a place where collaborative artistic achievement serves as a model for progressive human enterprise.

The department website also contains career-related resources, in particular the opportunities for hands-on experience through Brandeis University’s spectacular Springold Theater; the Brandeis Theater Company creating cutting edge theater; and keeping current with The Callboard: Theater Arts and Alumni News.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Theater Arts alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Theater Arts major at Brandeis.

Theater Arts Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Theater Arts major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title Industry
2014 Boston College Resident Director Higher Education Administration
2013 CISCRP Manager of Development and Fundraising Nonprofit
2012 Somerville Public Schools 7th/8th grade Resouce Room & Inclusion Teacher Education
2012 NBCUniversal, Inc. Corporate Social Responsibility Assistant Television
2012 Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts Music Direction Intern Performing Arts
2012 HBO Production Secretary for "Girls" Season 4 Entertainment
2012 Boston Ballet Overhire Junior Stitcher Performing Arts
2010 JCC Preschool Teacher Education


Portland Stage Company Scenic Intern Performing Arts
2010 Good Shepherd Services College Access and Success Counselor Social Services
2010 Handel and Haydn Society Audience Services Manager Arts
2009 Harmon Law Offices Legal Assistant Law
2008 JET Program Assistant Language Teacher Education


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Theater Arts (.pdf)

  Theater Arts Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern, according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).


  • Esthetics, cultural trends, and history of ideas
  • Human behavior, motivation, and psychology
  • Leadership and coordination of people and resources
  • Management principles involved in strategic and project planning and resource allocation
  • Media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
  • Performance and craft
  • Structure and content of language
  • Theory, techniques, tools, and principles required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, and drama
  • Quantitative reasoning

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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Acting Coach
Media Planner
Actor/ Actress
Media Salesperson
Customer Service Manager
Admissions Director
Development/Fund Raiser
Drama Coach
Movie Theater Manager
Amusement Park Entertainer
Animal-Talent Coordinator
Facilities Manager
Foreign Correspondent
Art Director
Health Educator
Booking Manager
Human Resource Specialist
Broadcast Journalist
Program Assistant
Business Manager
Instructor, Theater Arts
Prop Manager
Labor Relations Specialist
Public Affairs Officer
Casting Director
Lighting Designer
Public Relations Specialist
Communication Technology
Lighting Operator
Community Affairs Officer
Radio/TV Announcer
Copy Writer
Costume Designer
Make-up Artist
Sales Representative
Exhibit/Display Designer
Equipment Operator
Sound Designer
Script Coach
Student Affairs Specialist
Theater Manager
Script Manager
Stunt Coordinator
Ticket Sales Coordinator
Special Events Coordinator
Tour Guide
Stage Manager
Talent Manager
Tourism Director
Talent Scout
Training & Development Dir.
Video Store Manager
Set Designer

Performing Arts Careers

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development