Performing Arts

Career Guide

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

  • Film Director
  • Stage Director
  • Music Director
  • Producer
  • Acrobatics or Circus Performer
  • Agent or business manager
  • Performing Arts Critic or Reporter
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Set, Costume, or Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Choreographer
  • Professional Dancer
  • Technical Directo
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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!

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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.