Careers in Performing Arts

Careers in Performing Arts

Performing Arts Careers and Industry

Acting, Theatre, and Performing Arts Careers List
Acting, Theatre, and Performing Arts Careers List

For BFA students, internships are a graduation requirement – which means professional experience is a sure thing. While there are many amazing opportunities in Santa Fe (from local dance and theatre companies to the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera House), we also have affiliations with the New York Arts Program and the London Center Program. As a Junior or Senior, you’ll be eligible to be placed in internships on Broadway, at NBC Studios working on Saturday Night Live, amidst the New York Dance Company, and more. We want you working before you graduate, and we’ll help you get there! When you choose SFUAD for your Theatre education, you’re not just choosing Santa Fe, NM – you’re choosing New York and Chicago. We have active internship relationships across the country, and we send students every year for summer terms and semester stays working in the industry. In the past year, we’ve placed students at the American Blues Theater in Chicago, on Broadway in New York City, and participating in elite training programs with Cirque du Soleil! We believe in Santa Fe without borders – so that you can custom-make your arts education to exactly what fits you best.

When you’re ready to start looking at the post-graduate world, our Career Services department will help you plan your path in the professional world. Our alumni have credits impressive enough to show that our system is one that works: graduates of the Performing Arts department have credits in theatre productions across the country, as well as Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, work on Television networks including HBO, NBC, ABC, Fox, UPN, Hollywood film productions, voice work with MTV and Cartoon Network, and more. Others go on to found theatre companies, create private design studios, pursue graduate work, or numerous other creative pursuits. SFUAD gives you all the tools you need to start your career in performing arts.

Performing Arts Careers List:

  • Actor: Stage, Television, Motion Picture, Video Administrator of Arts Programs
  • Casting / Talent Agent
  • Costume Designer / Wardrobe Technician
  • Director / Technical Director / Stage Director
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Hair/Makeup Artist
  • Lighting Designer
  • Marketing / Advertising / Promotions
  • Private Instructor / Educator
  • Producer
  • Promotions Manager
  • Prop Manager & Designer
  • Property / Lighting / Sound Design
  • Rigger / Electrician / Carpenter
  • Salesperson
  • Set Designer / Construction
  • Special Effects / Prop Management
  • Stage Manager
  • Voice
  • Artist: Radio, Television, Motion Picture

Where to get a job in Performing Arts:

  • Community / Regional / Commercial Theatres
  • Summer Stock / Dinner Theatres
  • Children’s Theatres
  • Arts Councils
  • Broadway
  • Stock Productions
  • Repertory / Touring Companies
  • Industrial Shows
  • Show Groups
  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Television / Motion Picture Studios
  • Radio Stations
  • Nightclubs / Cabarets / Cruise Lines
  • Acting Conservatories
  • Public or Community Programs
  • Video Production Companies
  • Performing Arts Centers


Every year, the Performing Arts department brings in professional from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited, and worked directly with performing arts students:

  • Rita McGhee (Emmy Nominated Costume Designer, Empire)
  • Alan Arkin (Academy Award-winning actor, Little Miss Sunshine)
  • Carol Carpenter (Novelist, playwright - The Guadalupe; Sweet, Sweet Spirit)
  • Marty Markinson (Tony Award winner for producing Torch Song Trilogy)
  • Michelle McGregor (Actress, studied at the Yale School of Drama)
  • Fred Wolf (Grown Ups, Joe Dirt, former head-writer for SNL)
  • Dance: guest choreographers Gail Gilbert, Jocelyne Danchick, Miguel Perez (choreographers)
  • Dance: BODYTRAFFIC (LA based contemporary dance company)
  • David Hanson (Broadway stage manager of 42nd Street; National Tour manager of Wicked, Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera, and many more)
  • Rachel Bush (Equity stage manager; head of University of Houston Stage Management program)