Career Options

Internships and Jobs

With APU's campus located within driving distance of downtown Hollywood, internship and career possibilities are endless. Through internships, students gain relevant, hands-on experience in various fields related to their interests and goals. Career-minded students have the opportunity to look for internships that may parlay them into full-time employment upon graduation.

Students seeking internships have access to a broad range of resources, from departmental announcements and Internet postings to networking via faculty-to-industry contacts and with fellow students who have already completed internships. Theater Arts students have participated in internships at A Noise Within Theater Company, Boston Court Theater, the Ahmanson Theater, and CBS Studios.

Continuing Education

In addition to transitioning into one of APU’s master’s degree or doctoral programs, many students continue graduate-level study at other prestigious Southern California universities, such as University of Southern California (USC), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Loyola Marymount University, and Pepperdine University. The passage of Senate Bill 916, which establishes single subject credentialing in theater, is a major step toward the support of theater in education. Graduates may also go on to credentialing programs.

Careers for Theater Arts Majors

  • Theater technician
  • Theater/stage manager
  • Playwright/screenwriter
  • Teacher/professor
  • Set designer
  • Dramaturge
  • Theater critic/historian
  • Theater director
  • Producer
  • Artistic director
  • Civic/community/children’s/church theater production

Job Titles of Theater Alumni

  • Education Director, SAG
  • Producer, Azusa Renaissance Theater
  • Assistant Stage Manger, Actors Co-op Theatre Company
  • Stuntman, Wild West Stunt Show, Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Drama and Choir Director, Gathering Place Church
  • English Language Arts Teacher, Mojave High School
  • Director, Performing Arts at Gateway Church
  • Makeup Artist, Mags Cathey
  • Shop Foreman, Azusa Pacific Theater
  • Production Assistant, CBS Studio Center
  • Teaching Artist, B.R.I.D.G.E. Theater Company
  • General/Company Management Fellow, American Conservatory Theater
  • Managing Director, Merced Theater
Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.