The field of performing arts focuses on using body or voice to convey artistic expression through theatre and dance, often live or on film. Positions in this field spend time studying and rehearsing roles, training, exercising, and collaborating with other performing artists.
Designing your major
Your major may be indirectly or directly related to your career choice, and it’s only one of many pieces to finding a good career fit. There are many majors that are related to performing arts, including:
Learn about careers in the field
- Agent or business manager
- Arts Administrator/Manager
- Film Director
- Music Director
- Music Teacher
- Performing Arts Critic or Reporter
- Set, Costume, or Lighting Designer
- Stage Director
- Stage Manager
- Technical Director
Learn through experience
Join a student organization
Student organizations can help us clarify our interests and build experience. Here are a few ideas of organizations in this area:
- University Players
- Union Board
- Marching Hundred
- Performing Arts Thematic Community- Residential Programs and Services
- Bloomington Center for the Arts and Music Performance
- Media Living Learning Center
- Student Composer Association
- Boy in the Bubble Comedy
Volunteering in the community has many benefits for the community and for your personal and professional development. How can you use your knowledge and skills to make a difference?
- Bloomington Community Band
- Bloomington Early Music Festival
- Windfall Dancers
- Buskirk-Chumley Theater
- IU Auditorium
- Lotus World Music Festival
- Constellation Stage and Screen
Interested in graduate school?
In this field, some common graduate school programs may include playwriting, scenic design, acting performance, dance, musical performance, and many more!
There are many ways to explore careers, through research, gaining experience, and talking with other people. Your career coach is here to mentor you and help you find ways to explore that fit you best.