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Career Paths

The Department of Theatre Arts is no longer accepting new declarations for the undergraduate major or minor in Theatre Arts or transfer student admission as a Theatre Arts major or minor. Students currently pursuing the major will be allowed to complete the degree as outlined in the general catalog. Prospective students interested in theatre and performance are encouraged to apply to the new Media X program.

“To think that I would be working professionally right out of college is a dream come true, and I have my professors and mentors to thank for encouraging me to audition and put myself out there.”
G.B. Picart, 2007
Pacific Theatre Arts Major

Our alumni are working in all aspects of the “business,” on Broadway, in regional theatres, in TV and film, and in commercials. In addition to preparing students for a life in the theatre, a degree in Theatre Arts is useful in so many areas: business, education, law, in fact, in almost any walk of life. The education and training we offer at Pacific emphasizes teamwork, innovation and discipline as well as professional methods specific to the theatre.

Our students have gone on to get advanced degrees from: 

  • The Birmingham School of Acting
  • Boston Conservatory
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California State University, Long Beach 
  • Northern Illinois University
  • San Jose State University
  • Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  • University of the Pacific

Many of our Theatre Arts degree-holders currently work in well-known theatres and production companies around the country, performing as actors, designers, and production staff. Our graduates have gone on to work for: 

  • Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA
  • La Jolla Playhouse in  San Diego, CA
  • TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley, CA
  • California Musical Theater/Music Circus, Sacramento, CA
  • Changing Faces Theatre Company in Lodi, CA
  • Lex Theatre/Momentum Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CA
  • Livermore Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA
  • Sierra Repertory Theatre, CA
  • Sony Pictures
  • Summer Repertory Theatre, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Red Brick Road Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
  • Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood, CA
  • Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio

Graduates have also become IATSE members and serve on Artistic Boards. 

Here are some common careers in theatre:

Costume Designer
Drama Teacher/Coach
Drama Therapist
Lighting Designer
Make-up Artist
Musical Director
Production Manager
Set Designer/Set Builder
Sound Designer/Sound Operator
Stage Manager/Company Manager
Theatre Critic
Transmedia Producer