Schools commonly offer associate’s degrees in Theatre as an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Theatre Arts or an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Theatre. Students enrolled in these programs are provided a foundation for their later pursuit of a career as a set designer or an actor, or even a producer. Students in some schools may be given the opportunity to audition for productions and performances. In the associate’s degree program, groundwork is provided for individuals who aspire to earn bachelor’s degrees in Theatre.
Coursework in Theatre programs is devised to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of theatre arts. Knowledge and skills imparted help in their effective performance and exploration of areas of production and theatre design. Coursework in reading and communication may also be included. The program enhances the expansion of student’s creativity and expression of themselves through acting. Theatre students can explore topic areas such as:
•Producing theatre and writing plays
•Creating stage presentations
•Acting and techniques for auditioning
Job and Wage Outlook
A job growth rate of 4% has been projected for actors during the decade between 2010 and 2020; (BLS); better job opportunities exist in bigger cities, such as New York or Los Angeles, for performing arts professionals interested in theatre, television and films. These cities have a greater concentration of performing arts and production companies. In May 2012, actors earned an average hourly wage of $20.26, while producers and directors averaged $34.31 an hour during that year.
Continuing Education Information
Those who seek continued education in theatre may choose to enroll into a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre. Stage and screen performances are emphasized by some bachelor’s degree programs. Students are prepared through these programs for careers in acting, theatre management or behind the scenes. They are taught about diverse ethnic varieties and styles of theatre; they may also learn about teaching in the theatre arts.