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Theatre & Dance Careers

Make Your Debut

In whatever career you want.

“What are you going to do with that?” Every student hears that when they tell people what their major is. Your answer? Anything. Organizations are often crippled by the lack of people who know how to write, speak and plan. Our program focuses on these skills that translate into a wide array of careers, including performing arts.

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On the Come Up

12% job market growth for film and video editors through 2030, U.S. Dept. of Labor.


The median annual wage for all media and communication occupations was $62,340, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021


Putting roots in Wisconsin or branching out across the world? Wherever you end up, you’ll have marketable, in-demand skills.

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You've Got Options

Start with your passion. Then go from there! If you love the theatre and performance, you'll find your way.

  • Marketing Specialist
  • Actor
  • Casting Director
  • Copy Writer
  • Costume Designer
  • Equipment Operator
  • Media Planner
  • Stage Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Writer
  • Theatre Manager
  • Set Designer

Explore Handshake

Where recent graduates work.

Take a page from past students' playbooks by exploring where they've first landed after graduation.

  • Mainstage Theatrical Supply
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Chicago Shakespeare Company
  • Disney
  • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
  • IATSE Local 470
  • In Tandem Theatre, Inc.
  • Ithaca School District
  • Meyer Theatre
  • Milwaukee County Zoo
  • Northern Sky Theater
  • The Duluth Playhouse
  • UW-Green Bay
Professor Thomas Campbell

Want to know More?

As a published playwright and theatre scholar, Professor Thomas Campbell knows how to craft a career. Let him help you!

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