Theater Careers: A Realistic Guide

Theater Careers: A Realistic Guide

by Tim Donahue, Jim Patterson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611170818
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 979,774
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Tim Donahue is the coauthor with Jim Patterson of Stage Money: The Business of the Professional Theater. He is also coauthor of A Concise Theatre History and The Enjoyment of Theatre, ninth edition. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, where he recently retired as the director of marketing and development from the Department of Theatre and Dance after nearly ten years.


Jim Patterson is the author of Stage Directing and the coauthor of Theatre in the Secondary School Classroom and the seventh and eighth editions of The Enjoyment of Theatre. Patterson retired as a Distinguished Professor of Theatre from the University of South Carolina. A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, he has earned numerous awards for his work as a director and an educator.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Many Jobs in Professional Theater 6

2 Theater Education Offers Many Paths 36

3 Choosing a University-Consider Time and Money 58

4 Theater Career Income Varies 68

5 Theatrical Unions Make Rules but Not Jobs 85

6 Theater Jobs Are Everywhere … but Mostly in New York 98

7 Real Theater Careers 119

8 Find Current Facts 132

Afterword: Love Theater without a Career in Theater 139

Appendix A The American Community Survey 143

Appendix B The National Science Foundation's "National Survey of College Graduates" 145

Appendix C IATSE Local Types 147

Appendix D IATSE Stage Employee Locals 149

Selected Bibliography 153

Index 161

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