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Performing Arts

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.

Potential Employers

  • 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."

  • Performance
  • Apprentice
  • Creative
  • Theatre
  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Voice
  • Instrumental Music
  • Dance
  • Film

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.

IUB Library's Collection of Company Research Links

  • 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?

Insider Tips

  • 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.

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