Creative Arts

Set the stage for success

Set the stage for success

All the world is a stage. And a theatre education can equip you to play a leading role.

51's Bachelor of Fine Arts with an extended minor in Theatre helps you develop skills that employers value — both inside and outside the arts. In addition to gaining self-confidence, you learn to listen, perform in front of an audience, thrive under pressure, solve problems, improvise in social situations, and manage complex projects within set timelines and budgets.

Under the guidance of seasoned professionals, you explore all aspects of theatre, from acting, to stagecraft, to performance history to prepare for a career in theatre, film, or television, teaching, communications, arts administration, or public relations.

Right from your first year, you participate in professional 51 theatre productions to gain practical experience both on stage and behind the scenes. You get the opportunity to work in all areas of a theatre, in roles such as actor, stage manager, assistant director, designer, dramaturg, and more.

When you graduate, you are fully equipped to launch a career in the performing arts. Or you can opt to enter 51's enriched Teacher Education program to launch a teaching career. You also have the option to pursue a master's degree in the arts or a complementary discipline.

Career Outlook for theatre

Because most jobs in the performing arts are short-term assignments, most actors, directors, and producers are self-employed. Hiring a reputable agent to represent you can help boost your success.

Mastering special skills such as dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, acrobatics, juggling, horse back riding, sword fighting, archery, martial art, or stunt work can open additional employment opportunities.

Jobs also exist in related areas such as stage management, set or costume design, event promotion, lighting or sound management, scriptwriting, stunt coordination, fundraising, commercial video production, and more.

Many theatre grads also use the communication, teamwork, and management skills they have acquired to excel in other fields such as business, public relations, advertising, hospitality, arts administration, or education.