Career Information

The program utilizes a collaborative, hands-on, studio approach in performance and technical courses, as well as when working with other student performers and technicians on challenging productions.  

Skills and Experience Gained:

  • Attention to Detail: the ability to be thorough and focused on the work.
  • Communicationthe ability to speak and write clearly and convincingly, good listening skills, and the ability to negotiate or to be persuasive. 
  • Creativity: a good imagination to come up with solutions to problems. 
  • Discipline: the ability to know and do what is expected, to be responsible 
  • Fitness: the ability to be physically fit, agile, and strong.
  • Organization: the ability to plan, prioritize, and schedule.
  • Teamwork: the ability to listen to others and accept other ideas. 
  • Technique: the knowledge of how things work.
  • Time Management: the ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines. 

 

Musical Theatre: 

The program offers student performers the opportunity to study the individual art forms of theatre, music and dance, as well as the interrelationship that forms the unique art of musical theatre. The program utilizes a collaborative, hands-on, studio approach in all courses, as well as when working with student technicians.  

  • Actor (film, television, theatre) 
  • Attorney (entertainment law) 
  • Arts Administrator 
  • Choreographer 
  • Community Arts Educator/Teaching Artist 
  • Dancer 
  • Director (film, television, theatre) 
  • Drama Therapist 
  • Music Director 
  • Playwright 
  • Producer (film, television, theatre) 
  • Screenwriter (film, television) 
  • Singer 
  • Stage Manager 
  • Vocal Coach 
  • Voice Teacher 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) actor/performers in Wyoming earn an average annual salary of $50,752, with a range between $41, 823 and $61,966, but the majority of these jobs include a teaching component as there are limited opportunities for full-time performing in the state and job growth is expected to be flat or 0% through 2026.  

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) actor/performers earn an average annual salary of $34,980, with a range between $17,940 and $78,160. Employment of actor/performers is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth in the media industry (including film, television, online, streaming) will stem from continued strong demand for new original content across all platforms. Job growth is expected to increase 6% for singers, 5% for dancers, and 3% for choreographers. 

 

Technical Theatre: 

Technical Theatre is a comprehensive study of the craft and art of the visual and technological components of theatre, i.e. sets, lights, sounds, costumes and crafts. Foundational courses offered in these areas provide a strong background for design coursework that is offered in your junior and senior years 

Students enrolled in Technical Theatre have ample hands-on learning opportunities both in their courses and in preparation of the technical elements for a performing arts event. The department offers a wide variety of opportunities with each season 

  • Animator 
  • Carpenter 
  • Costume Designer 
  • Costume Shop Manager 
  • Lighting Designer 
  • Lighting Electrician 
  • Makeup Artist 
  • Master Electrician 
  • Production Designer 
  • Projection Designer 
  • Props Designer 
  • Props Technician 
  • Scenic Artist 
  • Set Designer 
  • Sound Designer 
  • Sound Technician 
  • Stagehand 
  • Stitcher 
  • Teaching Artist/Community Arts Educator 
  • Technical Director 
  • Wardrobe Mistress 
  • Wig Designer 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) set and exhibit designers in Wyoming earn an average annual salary of $50,752, with a range between $41, 823 and $61, 966, but the majority of these jobs include a teaching component as there are limited opportunities for full-time designers in the state and job growth is expected to be flat or 0% through 2026.  

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) set and exhibit designers earn an average annual salary of $53,090, with a range between $29,010 and $98, 470. Employment of set and exhibit designers is projected to grow 4-5% from 2016 to 2026. Median salaries in the motion picture industry (including television, online, streaming) is currently $70,900, and job growth will stem from continued strong demand for new movies, television shows, and online original content.  

Theatre Education: 

Theatre Educators (aka drama teachers) assist students in exploring their creativity and building interpersonal skills through classroom activities and theater productions. They utilize instructional methods to create lesson plans, exercises and other activities to help students’ master costume construction, lighting and set design, stage management, as well as performance skills in acting and musical theatre singing and dancing. They need to be flexible, creative, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, be determined and energetic, and be passionate about working with young people.  

  • Community Arts Teacher 
  • Elementary School Teacher 
  • Secondary School Teacher 
  • Community College Professor 
  • College/University Professor 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) elementary and high school teachers in Wyoming earn an average annual salary of $58,500 and have job growth prospects of 5% from 2016 to 2026. As schools work to decrease student-teacher ratios amid student enrollment increases in most areas of the state, job prospects for teachers should remain positive. 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics elementary and high school teachers earn an average annual salary of $59,170, with a range between $39, 080 and $95,380, and have job growth prospects of 7% from 2016 to 2026. As schools work to decrease student-teacher ratios amid student enrollment increases in most areas of the country, job prospects for teachers should remain positive. 

 

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