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Theatre and Communication Arts

Life in Theatre After Linfield

“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


The Linfield Theatre Program provides outstanding instruction in most aspects of theatrical design, production, performance, and theatre studies that leads to a wide range of career opportunities for new graduates. Explore below selected examples of the types and areas of work available in theatre, specific skills you will develop by taking theatre courses and working on productions, examples of internships and employers of current students recent graduates, and samples of graduate schools and theatre training programs Linfield theatre graduates have attended.

Types and Areas of Work in Theatre

  • set, props and costume construction
  • technical direction
  • facilities management
  • 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
  • theatre scenic, lighting, costume, and sound design
  • community theatre
  • graphic design
  • dramaturgy and literary management


Specific Skills  Students Develop within the Linfield Theatre Program

  • 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

  • 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
  • Penguin Productions
  • Portland Actor’s Conservatory
  • Portland Center Stage
  • Profile Theatre (Portland)
  • University of Memphis
  • San Francisco Playhouse
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Portland
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival
  • Vancouver Public Schools
  • Wittenberg University

Examples of Internships for Current Students and Recent Graduates

  • 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

  • University of Arizona
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • 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