Careers and a major or minor in theatre arts
What will you do with a major or minor in theatre arts?
"Theater is a notoriously difficult field
in which to make a living, but the people I know who have studied theater as
undergraduates have done extremely well in their chosen careers," says
David Hlavsa, who chairs the theatre arts program at the University. "Many
are still involved in theater - either professionally or as an avocation. But
even those who no longer do shows constantly
find themselves using skills they developed as undergraduates in theater.
Communication, both written and interpersonal, aesthetic discernment, emotional
understanding, teamwork, organizational ability - in what career would you NOT
use these skills every day?"
"As a wealthy industrialist once told me,
if you want to be in business, go get your MBA - that'll get you a job. But
first get your undergraduate degree in theatre - that'll get you
"Many of our students do wish to go on into
theater as a profession, and I try to give them the tools, the basics, so they
can. They might pursue the connections they make here with local theater
artists or they might go on to graduate school or, if they're getting their
certification in drama for the education program, they may go on to teach
theater in elementary or secondary schools.
But frankly, I'm less concerned about how people will finally earn their bread
than with the overall quality of their lives - and I am committed to our
students living magnificent lives."