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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Drama and theatre provide the means not only to reconstruct the world as it is, but also to model human possibilities

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analyze and synthesize data: Understanding of historical influences & contemporary culture; Theoretical & practical stage production knowledge; Editing & memorization skills

Communication: Negotiation and persuasion; Public speaking; Written communication and creative writing; Performance - poise, ability to present to others

Group Process: Ability to co-operate with and understand others; Ability to work on a team: Ability to explore various points of view, to understand what motivates others

Improvisation:  Ability to encounter life situations, to explore them personally and imaginatively

Interpretation:  Ability to explore the meaning behind words, ability to read aloud so that others will understand; Self-awareness - ability to understand feelings, to express feelings; Role play, ability to understand the essence of topics and emotions; To listen and respond to others

Movement:  Heightened physical awareness, ability to communicate to others without speaking

Organization:  Planning and organization of complex projects; Ability to meet deadlines; Self-discipline; Budgeting knowledge, production and event management; Creative conception and implementation, creative problem solving ability


Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Acting Coach
  • Actor
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Program Coordinator
  • Costume Designer
  • Critic
  • Director​
  • House Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Movement Therapist
  • Narrator
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Production Designer
  • Program Assistant
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Hand
  • Stage Manager
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technician
  • Theatre Director
  • Theatre Historian
  • Ticket Office Manager
  • Writer

Potential Industies

  • Advertising
  • Art and Design
  • Arts Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Coaching
  • Communications & Broadcasting
  • Community and Children’s Theatre
  • Community Centres
  • Cruise Ship Lines
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Dance Performance
  • Development Agencies
  • Education
  • Film/Radio/TV
  • Government
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profits & NGOs
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Performing Arts
  • Post-Secondary
  • Private Sector
  • Public Relations
  • Television & Film
  • Theatre
  • Theme Parks
  • Tour Companies
  • Tourism

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Division of Drama, School of Creative and Performing Arts
Craigie Hall CHD 100
T: 403.220.5313

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020