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  • What Do You Do with a Theatre Degree

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    By the time a student graduates from Wofford with a Theatre Major, they will have endured a highly rigorous and time-consuming training program. A lot is asked of our fine Theatre students, because a lot will be asked of them outside the fold of their collegiate work and life -- and our main goal as teachers and mentors is for them to succeed out there.

    Theatrical productions are a massive undertaking. They require skill, talent, humor, efficiency, finesse, knowledge, communication, respect, research, curiosity, passion, and collaboration. While participating in and studying about theatre, our students are not only figuring out how to successfully direct a production or create a character or design a set, but also how to navigate through challenges, assignments, and life. Theatre students here learn to communicate clearly and effectively with a team, how to speak well in public,how to creatively solve problems, how to examine an issue from several different perspectives-- all things that any person hiring anyone would be looking for.

    They are athletes, driven and disciplined. They are artists, creative and curious. Our theatre majors are great readers and writers and designers and theorists and critics and performers. They are incredible students and humans who have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and who have survived a rigmarole of high departmental standards, projects and challenges and lessons beyond their wildest dreams, and intense academic and personal expectation.

    When they graduate they are hireable. They are focused, articulate, well-trained, sympathetic, and grounded. They are strong lawyers, PR associates, insurance agents, comedians, teachers-- and of course, theatre professionals and performers.