Skills gained through both the production and critical analysis of theatre can be applied in a wide range of settings.
Studying Theatre means not just learning things but learning how to do things: learning through doing. This may mean writing original scripts, designing visuals or sounds and music, learning improvisational skills, or mastering a combination of technologies. Although students learn to conduct inquiry and research in the form of conventional methods such as reading, critical writing and analysis of texts, the essence of learning is physical, sensory, imaginative and emotional. On an individual level, the study of Theatre encourages an experimental attitude to oneself and a pursuit of self-reliance and resourcefulness.
Where Theatre graduates work
Theatre study has been a starting point for graduate careers in film, television and radio, as well as theatre itself, and these contexts can supply further inroads into all different media, arts management and administration, school teaching or academic careers, commercial and corporate scriptwriting, advertising, publicity and public relations, or events management. Theatre can complement other technical skills or trades (e.g. electrician, carpentry and construction, visual and media design, audio engineering), or another degree track such as public policy, law, commerce, marketing, management or tourism.
Many people in the arts, however, define and identify themselves through their talent by working as self-employed and freelance: as directors, producers, actors, writers, scenographers/designers, entertainers, motivational speakers, entertainment industry technicians.
Skills Theatre graduates develop
Theatre emphasises teamwork, collaboration and leadership. Everything in Theatre is accomplished through collaboration; students learn skills required for working with others, and dealing with the complexity of communications to achieve this. Theatre offers a unique take on understanding how human beings interact and interrelate, but always as a kind of play, as playing, through plays. At the same time, presenting performance in front of audiences provides distance and critique, judgement and objectivity, and a grounding sense of social reality.
These qualities and skills have wide implications and applications – in understanding the motives and the psychological strategies of others, and in supplying motivations and strategies oneself – to whatever walk of life or professional field.
- Critical thinking
- Leadership and teamwork
To find out more see Theatre Career View and the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.