You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from performing arts majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent performing arts graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
- City Lit Theater - Artistic positions
- Conner Prairie - Museum Theatre positions
- Theatre Communications Group - Artistic positions
- The Blank Theatre Company - Festival positions
- Actors Theatre of Louisville - Audience Development & Festival Management positions
- Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival - Festival positions
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington - Fine Arts Director positions
- Roundabout Theatre Company - Apprenticeship positions
- Midwest School of Voice - Music positions
- Wichita Grand Opera - Costume Coordinator positions
- National Music Conservatory - Music Teacher positions
- Arden Theatre Company - Apprentice positions
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to journalism, media, and communication. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."
Keywords for Job Search
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Musical Theatre
- Instrumental Music
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What roles/positions appeal to you most?
- What experiences have you had working “behind the scenes”?
- Describe a time that you had to work to meet a deadline (for a production, event, etc.) and how you worked with others to accomplish a successful outcome.
- What do you feel distinguishes you as an artist? And why?
- What past or current performer has influenced or inspired you most? And why?
- Diversify your training! Take classes in other areas of the performing arts, such as in theatre, dance, or music.
- Are you a double or triple threat? Be prepared to showcase your ability to sing, dance, and act.
- The entire audition process is an interview. Arrive early, be kind to others, and demonstrate your ability to be a strong team player.
- Have professional headshots or performance reels made prior to starting the audition process.