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Theatre

Major Information

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts,” –Shakespeare. The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre will give you the foundation to excel in a very diverse industry. From on stage to back stage you will be engaged in acting for the stage and screen, directing, design, stage management, dramaturgy and technical theatre. You will also learn how to communicate effectively, identify historical styles and periods, while also demonstrating skills in design for theatre such as scenery lighting, costume, and sound. While studying at Georgia Southern University you will be prepared to enter a professional work setting in the entertainment industry and other paths that require problem solving, group dynamics, deadlines, and collaboration. Your act begins in four stages: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Where will you take our stage?

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Sample Occupations

  • Performing Artists
  • Actor/Director
  • Ballet Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Chorus Singer
  • Comedian
  • Conductor – Symphony
  • Orchestra
  • Dancer
  • Narrator
  • Section Member
  • Show Musician
  • Singer
  • Studio Musician
  • Voice-Over Artist
  • Art Education
  • Art, Drama, and Music Teacher,
  • Postsecondary
  • Drama Coach
  • Private Dance Teacher
  • Private Dance Teacher
  • Theater Arts Professor
  • Vocal Coach
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Audio/Video Technician
  • Fashion/Costume Designer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Makeup Artist
  • Production Hairstylist
  • Sound Technician
  • Stylist
  • Arts Journalism
  • Critic – Broadcasting
  • Critic – Print Media
  • Production, Directing, and
  • Design
  • Casting Director
  • Director – Theatrical Production
  • Producer – Theatrical
  • Director – Theatrical Production
  • Producer – Theatrical
  • Production
  • Production Assistant
  • Scenic Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatrical Administration
  • Box Office Theater Company
  • Manager
  • Theatrical Press Agent
  • Writing and Composing for the Performing Arts
  • Composer – Musical Theater,
  • Opera
  • Librettist
  • Playwright
  • Songwriter

Sample Work Settings

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • In-house Agencies (large companies)
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Retail Stores
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Publishing Companies
  • National Radio/ TV Networks

Sample Employers

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Averitt Center for the Arts
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Oracle
  • Fabrefaction Theatre Company
  • Constant Contact
  • LifePlay Productions
  • ClickDimensions
  • Playhouse on the Square
  • PHICON Corporation
  • Hedgerow Theatre
  • Stage Left Children’s Theater
  • Grinning Fox Studios
  • REP Radio
  • Ridgeview Institute
  • Time Warner Cable
  • New York Film Academy
  • Ohio Dance Theatre
  • Ticketmaster
  • Wunderman Los Angeles

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

American Association of Community Theater

http://www.aact.org/index.htm

United States Institute for Theatre Technology 

http://www.usitt.org

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association

http://www.plasa.org/

Theater Communication Group

http://www.tcg.org/

Stage Managers’ Association

http://www.stagemanagers.org/

Educational Theater Association

http://www.schooltheatre.org/

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Theatre South

Alpha Psi Omega

Last updated: 7/26/2022