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Career Opportunities and Work Life

The world of theatre provides many types of career opportunities ranging from acting to technical production. Because jobs are so different, you will find all personality types involved in stage and screen productions. Some of the various career paths include:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Casting director
  • Actor
  • Stage manager/assistant stage manager
  • Theatre manager/house manager
  • Designer
  • Theatre technicians
  • Production staff
  • Wardrobe, hair, make-up
  • Press officer
  • Education officer

Work Environment
If a theatrical career is in your future, you should be prepared to re-locate to a metropolitan area. Larger cities provide more opportunities for you to audition and perform.

Most acting assignments are of a temporary nature - ranging in time frame from a few days to a few months. This creates a lot of variety and excitement in the work but also can lead to periods of time when actors find themselves "between jobs."

There are no typical hours in this career. Working days can be long, and more often than not, nights, weekends, and holidays are prime working hours. Touring productions give those involved with the show the chance to travel across the country, and sometimes throughout the world.

Job Outlook
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for actors, producers, and directors is expected to increase by 11 percent by 2020. Michigan is expected to have an 8 percent increase by the same year. The Bureau cites expanding satellite and cable operations, increasing numbers of movies being produced, and growth in interactive media such as direct-for-web videos as contributing factors in the projected growth.

Even though employment growth will be as fast as the average for all occupations, actors, directors, and producers, will face a significant amount of competition for jobs as a relatively large number of individuals pursue this career field.

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