Alumni and Career Options

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
  • Nonprofit arts manager
  • Education director
  • Stage manager
  • Stunt performer
  • Drama director
  • Arts educator
  • Director
  • On-set makeup artist
  • Managing director

Alumni Credits

We have many alumni working within the arts and entertainment business. Some recent credits include:

  • Mackenzie Marsh ‘06

    Actor and casting Director for shows such as Will & Grace, Jane the Virgin, and Just Before I Go

  • Ricky Staub ‘06

    Director and writer of Ghetto Cowboy starring Idris Elba; owner and founder of the Neighborhood Film Company

  • Dana Lundblad ‘14

    Assistant to the co-executive Producer at CBS Studio Center for The Talk

  • Cameron Bond ‘12

    Actor for Broadway productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Finding Neverland and Be More Chill

  • Lauren Thompson ‘11

    Supporting actress in Roman J. Israel, Esq., guest star on Unusual Suspects, producer at Actors Co-op Theatre

Internships and Jobs

With APU's campus located within driving distance of downtown Hollywood, internship and career possibilities are endless. Through internships, theater arts majors 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.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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