What Can I Do with My Theater and Performance Studies Major?


The theater program seeks to educate students on performance literacy, the study of drama, theater history, and the use of the body to convey meaning. Concurrently, the faculty encourages the development of critical thinking skills and imagination. Through performance, students learn to build relationships, experience empathy, and appreciate diversity. Students apply their skills of intuition, creativity, imagination, empathic listening, and expression to a variety of careers, both on stage and off.


The study of theater facilitates the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of these skills and qualities follows.


  • Self-exploration
  • Self-knowledge
  • Personal creativity
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Imagination

Creative Expression

  • Independent thinking
  • Appreciation of aesthetics
  • Taking risks
  • Attention to detail
  • Presentation skills
  • Seeking diverse perspectives
  • Interpretation of writings through acting, directing, and design

Human Relations

  • Cultural awareness
  • Empathy
  • Listening intently
  • Communicating with others
  • Assuming multiple roles
  • Group artistic collaboration

Sample Internship Opportunities

  • Design (e.g., New Horizon’s Theater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts)
  • Publications (e.g., National Geographic, Washington City Paper)
  • Radio (e.g., XM Satellite Radio, ABC Radio/Mix 107.3FM)
  • Schools (e.g., Juilliard School)
  • Television broadcasting (e.g., McLaughlin Group, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Viacom)
  • Theater (e.g., National Theater Institute, Source Theater, Kennedy Center)

Where are Georgetown Theater and Performance Studies Majors Now?

  • Broadway/Off-Broadway Actor
  • Production Manager/Producer
  • Stage Management
  • Casting Director
  • Set Designer
  • Dramaturge
  • Playwright
  • Development Officer
  • Public Relations
  • Specialist Screenwriter
  • Television Writer
  • Actor
  • Film Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Choreographer
  • Theater Historian
  • Mediator/Negotiator
  • Professor
  • High School Teacher
  • Theater Administrator
  • Museum Designer
  • Website Designer
  • Casting Agent
  • Acting Coach
  • Educational Program Coordinator
  • Fundraiser

Relevant Websites and Publications

Professional Organizations

You must obtain a headshot photograph and resume for most auditions. Check with the Theater faculty for more information.
For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493 or visit our website. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact Georgetown’s Department of Performing Arts.