Career Opportunities in Theater and the Performing Arts


Careers in the performing arts can be onstage, backstage, and even offstage. From acting to designing to dance therapy, this revised edition profiles more than seventy ...
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Careers in the performing arts can be onstage, backstage, and even offstage. From acting to designing to dance therapy, this revised edition profiles more than seventy careers, helping jobseekers discover how to get the position they want.

Updated material covers:
• Updated salary information
• New opportunities for women and minorities
• Completely revised appendixes containing professional and amateur organizations, academic institutions, teams, and publications.
Entries include:
• Actor/Actress
• Choreographer
• Playwright
• Casting Director
• Theatrical Press Agent
• Orchestra Management
• Lighting Person
• Critic
• Arts Council Director
• Dance Therapist.

Outlines career opportunities in theater and the performing arts, discussing such aspects as salaries, skill requirements, advancement prospects, and how to get started in the business.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Field, who runs a public relations and management firm focusing on the entertainment industry, offers a nicely produced compendium of 72 career opportunities in the performing arts, from actor to playwright to vocal coach. Readers will get the scoop on salary ranges, advancement prospects, geographical hot spots, employment trends, and required experience. Unlike most career guides, this one leaves the peruser feeling slightly uneasy, particularly when the profiles mention "low-paying or unpaid internships" and when so many note that the employment and advancement prospects are poor to fair. The outlook is slightly better with administrative positions. Bottom Line In the end, there's valuable information here: the appendixes contain addresses and web sites for schools, theaters, unions, and associations (Southern Methodist University's arts administration and theater programs are missing, however), and a nice, up-to-date bibliography is included. But Noel Coward's warning is not to be found: "Don't put your daughter on the stage, Mrs. Worthington." Recommended for public libraries.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Gives realistic information on some 70 specific jobs in theater and the performing arts. Career profiles for positions such as playwright, casting director, booking agent, and drama coach overview duties of each position, salary range, employment prospects, and prerequisites, and describe special skills, education, and training relevant to each job. Appendices list major trade periodicals and books, trade organizations and associations, and educational institutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816062898
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Career Opportunities Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Career Opportunities for Performing Artists
Sect. 2 Career Opportunities in Writing and Composing for the Performing Arts
Sect. 3 Career Opportunities in Production, Directing and Design
Sect. 4 Career Opportunities in Theatrical Administration and Business
Sect. 5 Career Opportunities in Orchestra, Opera and Ballet Company Administration
Sect. 6 Career Opportunities Behind the Scenes
Sect. 7 Career Opportunities in Support Services for Performing Artists
Sect. 8 Career Opportunities in Halls, Arenas and other Venues
Sect. 9 Career Opportunities in Performing Arts Education
Sect. 10 Career Opportunities in Performing Arts Journalism
Sect. 11 Miscellaneous Career Opportunities in Theater and the Performing Arts
App. I Degree and Nondegree Programs
App. II Workshops, Seminars and Symposiums
App. III Internships in Theater and the Performing Arts
App. IV Trade Associations and Unions
App. V Broadway Theaters
App. VI Off Broadway Theaters
App. VII Off-Off Broadway Theaters
App. VIII Dinner Theaters
App. IX Resident Theaters
App. X Stock Theaters
App. XI U.S. Orchestras
App. XII Canadian Orchestras
App. XIII Ballet Companies
App. XIV U.S. Opera Companies
App. XV Canadian Opera Companies
App. XVI Arts Councils and Agencies
App. XVII Bibliography
App. XVIII Glossary
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