Careers

Wayne State University has been training students for careers in theatre for more than 60 years. The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance offers degree programs that prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities.

Our graduates, many of whom are award-winning artists in their chosen expertise, work locally, nationally and internationally as professional stage and film actors, voice actors, artistic directors, playwrights, producers, casting directors, set and costume designers, teachers and university professors. Theatre majors also find careers in related fields such as fund raising and development, community outreach, law, public relations, sales, financial planning and much more. 

Related career titles for theatre majors

Acting Coach Costumer Media Planner 
Script Coach  Actor  Critic 
Media Salesperson  Script Manager  Actress
Customer Service Manager  Mediator  Admissions Director 
Fund Raiser Mime *Stage Manager Advertising Specialist
Director Model Stand-In
Agent Drama Coach Movie Theater Manager
Special Events Coordinator  Student Affairs Specialist Amusement Park Entertainer
Equipment Operator Narrator Stunt Coordinator
Animal-Talent Coordinator  Facilities Manager Negotiator/Mediator
Stunt-person Announcer Foreign Correspondent
Paralegal Talent Manager Art Director
Health Educator Playwright  Talent Scout
Booking Manager Human Resource Specialist Producer 
Teacher  Broadcast Journalist Impersonator
Program Assistant Theater Manager Business Manager
Business Manager Instructor Theater Arts
Prop Manager Ticket Sales Coordinator Buyer
Labor Relations Specialist  Labor Relations Specialist Public Affairs Officer
Tour Guide Casting Director Lighting Designer
Public Relations Specialist Tourism Director  Communication Technology Specialist
Lighting Operator  Puppeteer Training & Development Specialist
Community Affairs Officer Lobbyist Radio/TV Announcer
Video Store Manager  Copy Writer Magician
Recruiter Writer/Editor Costume Designer
Make-up Artist Sales Representative Draftsman
Exhibit/Display Designer Faux Painter Scene Painter
Set Designer Sound Designer Rigger 

Related major skills and characteristics

Imagination & creativity Strong communication skills
Good work ethic Flexibility
Basic reading, writing and editing skills Presentation, public speaking skills
Attention to detail  Interpersonal skills 
Adaptability Appreciation of aesthetics
Interpretive skills   

 From WSU Career Services, for more information about careers in Theatre: