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Theatre and Communication Arts

Careers in Theatre

The Linfield Theatre Program provides outstanding instruction in all aspects of theatrical design, production, and theatre studies that leads to a wide range of career opportunities for new graduates. Recent graduates from the Linfield Theatre Program have gone to work in the following areas:

  • theatre design (scenic, lighting, costume, and sound)
  • set, props and costume construction
  • technical direction
  • scenic artist/painting
  • hair and wig design
  • acting for stage, film, and television
  • arts and nonprofit management
  • accounting for theatres and arts organizations
  • teaching and educational work
  • theatre for children and youth
  • production management
  • stage management
  • artistic direction
  • arts and event marketing
  • theatre directing
  • community theatre
  • graphic design
  • dramaturgy and literary management

Specific skills that students develop within the Linfield Theatre Program include:

  • 3-D model making
  • costume construction
  • drafting and building
  • reading ground plans
  • publicity
  • organizational skills
  • troubleshooting
  • teamwork
  • communication skills
  • social media 
  • marketing
  • scheduling
  • Photoshop, InDesign
  • creating programs, brochures, and posters
  • research and analytical skills

In addition to training for positions in theatre, our graduates also receive a high degree of preparation for other opportunities such as post-graduate internships, graduate schools, creative businesses, arts administration, and education.

Examples of employers include:

  • Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
  • Arizona Broadway Theatre
  • Bag&Baggage (Oregon)
  • The Barter Theatre (Virginia)
  • Boise State University
  • Bosque School
  • Clackamas Community Repertory Theatre
  • Corbett School District
  • Dunn School
  • Hale Centre Theatre (Utah)
  • Kent Washington Schools
  • Linfield College
  • Missoula Children’s Theatre
  • Northwest Children’s Theatre
  • Oregon Children’s Theatre
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Portland Actor’s Conservatory
  • Portland Center Stage
  • Profile Theatre (Portland)
  • University of Memphis
  • San Francisco Playhouse
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Portland
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival
  • Vancouver Public Schools
  • Wittenberg University

Examples of internships for current students and recent graduates include:

  • Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
  • Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Cleveland Playhouse
  • McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Ohio Light Opera
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Pacific Center for the Performing Arts
  • Seattle Children’s Theatre
  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Taproot Theatre
  • Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Examples of graduate programs and theatre training programs that recent graduates have attended:

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Cincinnati
  • City University London
  • Cornell University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Memphis
  • Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
  • Portland State University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rutgers University
  • Stony Brook University
  • United Performers Studio–Tokyo
  • University of Washington

“Theatre studies provide students with a range of skills that can be usefully employed across occupations. Engaging with theatre arts shapes people to be articulate communicators, effective listeners, perceptive thinkers, and task-oriented leaders. Performing in the theatre or spending an evening as a spectator creates a sense of community that can ripple into wider social spheres. Theatre education prepares citizens to function effectively and joyfully in cultural life.”

                        - Jill Dolan, Dean and Professor of Theatre, Princeton University