What can I do with a musical theatre degree?

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One of the biggest beefs I have with college programs based in the liberal arts is that they don't spend much time, if any, helping students figure out what they want to do to apply their degree to a job once they finish school. College is very black and white - you declare a major, and spend all your time in that narrow focus. Entering the real world is very gray, with most employment opportunities including a combination of several skill areas and may include elements of your dream job along with a few things you'd probably never imagine yourself doing. So what's a graduate to do with a degree in musical theatre? Luckily, musical theatre majors have the advantage that their degrees prepare them for employment in two fields, music and theatre, and any combination of both. I think you'll find that there are more options for careers in music and/or theatre than you thought! Here are a few ideas: 

Theater jobs:

Theater producer

Performer (stage, film, TV, cabaret, solo acts, etc.)

Director

Casting director

Musical director for stage productions

Writer (for stage, film, TV)

Lyricist

Audio visual engineer

Agent

Publicist

Marketing manager

Stage manager

Set design and production (carpenter, electrician, light design, etc.)

Box office and subscriptions manager

Managing director for theater organizations

Drama therapist

Teacher (K-12, private, college professor)

Entertainment attorney

Director of development for theater organizations

Theater journalist, arts reviews

Voice over artist

Hair/makeup

Costume design

Music jobs:

Music producer

DJ

Performer (bands, solo, backup, for orchestras, opera, theatre, cruise lines, etc.)

Conductor, concert master

Songwriter

Lyricist

Production music writer (music for TV, film, advertising)

Composer (for film, TV, video games)

Sound engineer, recording engineer

Orchestrator

Arranger

Agent

Publicist

Marketing manager

Band manager

Stage manager

Box office and subscriptions manager

Managing director for music organizations

Music therapist

Music industry merchandising (store sales, instrument sales, etc.)

Teacher (K-12, private, college professor)

Entertainment attorney

Director of development for music organizations

Instrument building and repair

Music journalist, arts reviews

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