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In the Department of Theatre, we educate students in the practical and intellectual skills that serve the pursuit of a life-long career in the arts.  We also view the study of theatre in broader terms:  Theatre is an art that demands intellectual curiosity, imagination, creative expression, productive collaboration, risk-taking, responsibility, empathy, and commitment.  It requires knowledge of literature and history, societies and culture.  It enhances interpersonal sensitivity.  Creating theatre develops mature, intelligent, responsible, and inspiring individuals with creative facility and emotional awareness.  These are qualities that make for success in any field, and 21st-century employers value them.   

Read Inc magazine's article 4 Great Leadership Lessons from the Arts (PDF).

Think college is just about learning job skills?  Read about the value of a diversified education in the Wall Street Journal  (Nov 15, 2013) Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire" (PDF).   

Read what Tom Vanderwell, a consultant and business owner, writes in 10 Ways Being a Theatre Major Prepared Me for Success (PDF)

Oral communication skills, creative problem solving . . . These are just a few skills theatre majors acquire.  Read more about What Theatre Majors Learn (PDF) 

In USA Today (July 30, 2013), an article talks about the Employment Advantages of Arts Majors (PDF).

Students in our program learn technical skills, like set-building.  Think that's just "backstage work"? Read this article in the New York Times: "Hey, Stars, Be Nice to Stagehands. You Might Need a Loan." 

View the 2013 Graduate Speech by Thom Browne KU (Theatre '13).  

For more information visit theatre careers at University Career Center.

Acting & Directing



Assistant Director

Art Director

Artistic Director

Fight Director


Stage Manager

Talent Agent

Voice Coach

Dialect Coach

Musical Director

Movement Coach

Production Manager




Theatre Critic


Arts Management

Audience Services Management

Box Office Manager

Costume Shop Manager

Cruise Ship Manager

Theatre Company Manager

Theme Park Manager

Touring Manager

Wardrobe Manager


Drama Educator K-12
      (requires additional degrees)

Theatre Professor in Higher Education

      (requires additional degrees)

Fundraising & Planning

Arts Fundraiser

Development Director

Event Planner

Costume & Wardrobe

Costume Shop Manager


Crafts Person




Window Dresser

Wardrobe Manager


Lighting Designer

Lighting/Sound Technician

Properties Designer

Properties Construction

Scenic Carpenter

Scenic Artist


Special Effects Artist

Make-up Designer and Artist

Wig Designer

Theatrical Designer

Trade Show Designer

Off the Beaten Path

Museum Exhibit Coordinator

Trade Show/Industrial Production

Theme Park Manager

Theme Park Performer

Cruise Ship Performer

Cruise Ship Entertainment Manager

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