Careers in a Playhouse

There are a surprising number of careers in a playhouse! There is, of course, the obvious – being an actor; but what many don’t realize is that there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes. Each position is crucial to a play going off without a hitch and they are very fulfilling career choices as well. The play needs a script writer, a director, various set and clothing designers and dressmakers, set decorators and sometimes even a band. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these roles.


The most obvious career associated with a playhouse is of course that of an actor. There are several ways to pursue acting as a career and there are some steps to take if you desire to act in a theater. It is a good idea to start by getting involved in a theater or drama club while at school. Subsequently, you could also choose to get a college degree or diploma in drama. Once you have a degree, you can start auditioning for parts in small productions with the goal of working up to the bigger roles.

Script Writers

Somebody has to write the script for a play, and the person who writes them is known as a playwright. To learn how to become a good playwright you really need to have seen a lot of plays. This means you should aim to watch and read as many plays as you possibly can. Many playwrights use their own personal experiences as inspiration for their work.  We suggest you keep a journal of your adventures and any ideas that you may have. This can form the basis for a great play.

Set Design

Set designers are intrinsic to the success of a play, without proper sets, it would not be realistic. You need a background in art and design. A set designer needs to know how to create accurate backgrounds and sets and be skilled in using props and lighting. Familiarity with computer-aided design (CAD) and the practical use of construction tools is also very valuable.


In order to become a stage director you must be well-informed and knowledgeable about the theater.  Again, you should attend and read as many plays as you can. If you have the opportunity, you should listen to the directors´ question and answer sessions. This will give you a good idea of their thoughts and processes. Having a degree in theater is also advantageous. A bachelor’s degree in theater production is the best route if you want to become a director, although not all directors started off with this degree.

Business and Marketing

Somebody has to do the marketing for the playhouse. A degree in business, with an emphasis especially in marketing, is the best approach to take if this is your chosen career. It is essential today for marketers to be proficient in digital marketing, including social media tools such as FaceBook, Twitter and Snapchat. There are several career options available in a playhouse, so choose carefully and enjoy.

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