6 Ways Your Theatre Degree Can Help Your Work Off-Stage

Written by Tatiana Rodriguez

May 16, 2017

You’re working toward your theatre degree. Why, one might ask? Well, it’s not just for the theatrical thrill. Here are 6 reasons why pursuing a degree in theatre can change your productivity and aspirations in the workplace.

1. It changes the way you view teamwork/co-managing.

While completing your projects, you learn how to adapt to a busy workspace, this means learning how to better interact and appreciate your co-workers.

2. It can help you build your “people-skills”.

Whether learning how to resolve conflicts, learning how to better communicate, or even just learning how to be more patient with certain types of individuals, your people skills will surely improve.

3. You can gain skills in different technical fields.

Fields that relate to things other than performing on a stage! This might mean learning more about lighting, technical direction, house management, or many other important fields of study, which can help you find a job!

4. It will help you become more of a leader.

You’ll be better able to work in a professional environment with your peers. You can learn how to adapt to new or challenging work environments as well as how to work with or instruct a variety of different people.

5. It’s a great way to earn confidence.

Whether it’s through mastering a skill or knowing how to lend a hand. When you become familiar with a variety of different theatrical techniques, you are better capable of making use of them outside the actual theatre.

6. It’s an effective way of making connections.

Because the theatre industry is so expansive, the work you accomplish as a theatre major will help carve a path for your future. This means you will meet people, and acquire certain opportunities that could help you make your way. It also means, having a community who is there to lend you support.

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Tatiana Rodriguez is a student and a writer, currently studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is working to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater, as well as a certificate in Multicultural Theater Practice. She is a stage manager, a playwright, and an aspiring director.