The study of theatre equips a student with a broad range of communication
and organizational skills applicable to many careers, not solely
those in the performing arts. The theatre major's presentation
skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the voice and
body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others.
Theatre also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, to
listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively,
think critically, develop projects collaboratively, work independently,
work under pressure, meet deadlines and maintain composure when
faced with the unexpected.
UW-L Theatre provides students with the theatrical knowledge,
skills, collaborative teamwork, creative problem-solving, and professional
connections needed for success after graduation.
Careers in theatre include, but are not limited, to:
Our blend of unlimited opportunities and close personal attention
produces excellent results. Over 90% of our graduates find jobs
or pursue graduate level degrees in theatre. Theatre study includes
a comprehensive study in theater, practical experience in professional
production, and a solid background in the liberal arts. Talent,
commitment, energy, and discipline are key personal qualities required
for successful theater careers. Most professional occupations today
require a college educated individual who can write and speak well,
solve problems, learn new information quickly, utilize technology,
and work well with others on a team to solve creative challenges.
A major in theatre arts prepares students well for an amazing variety
of collaborative, creative, people-oriented careers. The theatre
arts degree brings a unique background for success in any area where
words, ideas and public contact are important including careers
Capable theatre graduates are encouraged and aided by the department
in seeking MFA degrees required for college level teaching or advance
theatre careers. The department takes pride in noting the many graduates
who have received full-ride scholarships to some of the most prestigious
graduate schools in the country including UCLA, Temple University,
University of Florida, Purdue University, California State University-Irving
and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
UW-L theatre graduates also work at some of the nation’s most
distinguished theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, Actors Theatre
of Louisville, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Penumbra Theatre
Company, Actors Studio Theatre in New York, the Arrow Rock Lyceum
Theatre. Our alumni can be found stage managing at First Stage Children’s
Theatre and The Armory Dinner Theatre, designing lights at The New
School (New York), performing in various television series and live
theatre productions, directing for the Stoughton School District,
teaching at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt
University, and serving as backstage floor manager for Carnival
Cruise Line productions, just to name a few.
The Actors' Equity Association is the labor union representing 40,000
American actors and stage managers working in professional theatre.
Equity's website contains information about the union and its various
departments, programs and contracts, industry-related news and casting
This resources offers a wealth of information for actors, dancers,
musicians, producers, directors, carpenters, stage hands, singers
and others in the spotlight and behind the scenes.
for Theatre Education (AATE)
The mission of AATE is to promote standards of excellence in theatre
and theatre education, connecting artists, educators, researchers,
and scholars with each other.
of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Website for the major union dealing with television and radio artists.
Theatre Wing's Guide to Careers in the Theatre
Created in partnership with the Lincoln Center Library, this vast
site consists of printed and video interviews with theatre professionals
in over 30 different aspects of the art form. Helpful theatre
articles and related website links.
A non-profit organization that publishes a variety of theatre directories.
Comprehensive, up-to-date national listings of jobs, internships,
fellowships and other employment opportunities in the arts.
The publication from the Theatre Communication Group for full-time,
part-time, seasonal, year-round and internship opportunities in
the performing arts. Theatre students may contact the department for username and password for online version.
With a neat and well organized series connecting icons, Artslynx
has master folders dealing with Dance, Visual Arts, Writing, Film,
Arts Administration, Music, Arts of Social Responsibility, Education
and Arts Advocacy.
Artsnet is a clearinghouse of arts management resources available
on the internet.
Association for Theatre
in Higher Education
ATHE is an organization of individuals and institutions that provides
vision and leadership for the profession and promotes excellence
in theatre education.
of Performing Arts Presenters
Excellent site for those interested in the arts administration positions
in the performing arts. Includes a job bank.
Features performance news, audition announcements, technical opportunities,
and career support services for both New York and Los Angeles.
Free job listing service for all behind-the-scenes jobs in the live
Jobs in Performing Arts
A national employment bulletin for jobs in the performing arts.
Jobs, internships, and career information in the entertainment industry.
An online, interactive database of jobs and internships focusing
exclusively on careers in the creative, professional, production
and technical areas of the entertainment industry.
Online site to connect with others in the performing arts.
Hollywood Actors Network
Jobs for actors, singers and dancers posted for a variety of locales.
Useful in examining what the performing arts scene looks like.
Lincoln Center Directors
THE LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage
directors from around the country and the world.
Literary Manager and
Dramaturgs of America
LTMD is the most up-to-date way of conversing with dramaturgs, theatre
artists and administrators, our colleagues in other art forms, government
officials, educators and ethnologists, historians, and many others.
Film and TV production resources.
Musical Theatre Audition
Music theatre resource including audition information, advice and
extensive descriptions of musicals and audition pieces that work
for a wide variety of actors, singers and dancers.
Free national information resources for artists in all disciplines
and for everyone who supports them in any way.
NPN brings to national attention some of the most exciting and stimulating
new work in dance, theatre, music and multidisciplinary art being
created in the United States through both direct and indirect support
to touring artists.
New Dramatists is a unique resource for the American Theatre.
The company is dedicated to the playwright and serves as an artistic
home, theatre research and development center, and writers colony
for the national theatre just a few steps from Broadway. The
company finds and nurtures new talent through a competitive, membership
selection process and a seven-year playwright development program.
This site claims to be "the source on the web for Broadway Theatre
information." Provides a wealth of information for both theatre
goers and professionals. Check out their "Casting and Jobs"
An incubator of new work for the stage and the nation's most powerful
resource for playwrights.
Screen Actors Guild
The primary role of the Screen Actors Guild concerns the members'
wages and working conditions, on their jobs. However, the
website has a terrific links page.
Chicago's famed improvisational theatre training program offering
weekly improvisational classes and performance opportunities.
Search engine for all types of jobs in the entertainment industry.
Society of American
Fight Directors (SAFD)
A website dedicated to fight directors and choreographers including
information about training, workshops and certification.
Society of Stage Directors
and Choreographers (SSDC)
Major union of stage directors and choreographers.
Conference, Inc. Job Contact Service
Search for full-time and/or summer employment in theatre, including
technical, academic positions and administration/management.
StrawHat is an organization that supports the careers of non-equity
actors and technical artists looking to start and continue their
professional careers in the theatre. Its main activity is to produce
the StrawHat Auditions, which are held in New York every spring.
The national organization for the American theatre with over 440
member theatres offers a wide array of services.
The aim of theatrecrafts.com is to eventually be the best resource
for practical information and advice about technical theatre techniques
for theatre folk at any level.
TheatreJobs.com is a source for employment in the entertainment
industry. Online database includes 100's of ads in all fields
of theatre. Subscription/registration required.
United Scenic Artists
Represents designers and scenic artists nationwide.
Theatre Association (URTA)
URTA is the country's oldest and largest consortium of professional
theatre training graduate programs and associated professional theatre
United States Institute
for Theatre Technology (USITT)
Association of design, production and technology professionals in
the performing arts and entertainment industry.
Actor's Guide (Los Angeles)
This website is the online version of the 14th edition of The Working
Actor's Guide to Los Angeles, a resource for performers and other
entertainment industry professionals.
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Box office: 608.785.8522
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