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The study of theatre equips a student with a broad range of communication and organizational skills applicable to many careers, not solely those in the performing arts. The theatre major’s presentation skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the voice and body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others.
Theatre also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, to listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively, think critically, develop projects collaboratively, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines and maintain composure when faced with the unexpected.
Careers in theatre include, but are not limited, to:
Most professional occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly, utilize technology, and work well with others on a team to solve creative challenges. A major in theatre arts prepares students well for an amazing variety of collaborative, creative, people-oriented careers. The theatre arts degree brings a unique background for success in any area where words, ideas and public contact are important including careers in:
Besides providing training in a variety of theatrical venues and roles, our department also provides two courses where you learn how to prepare important job seeking documentation. In THE395 Junior Seminar, students learn the essentials of resume and cover letter writing, headshot and portfolio creation, as well as audition and interview techniques. In THE490 Senior Capstone, students create five year plans, write culminating essays, and present the body of their work from their years of study.
If you would like more information about the theatre program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
W. Kim Hartshorn, Chairperson
Office: Myers Fine Arts 124B
Phone: (518) 564-2478