Career Pathways for Theater Arts Graduates

Because Duquesne’s theater arts program embraces a liberal arts approach to studying theater rather than a conservatory approach, students gain the broadest understanding of all aspects of theater. This provides graduates with solid footing for careers in all types of theater jobs, including acting, directing, playwriting, administration and theater technology. A Duquesne theater arts degree also serves as a strong foundation for further study at the graduate level.

While many theater majors do intend to make careers for themselves in the theater and associated fields, Duquesne’s theater arts program also leads to success in education, law, arts management, business, marketing, public relations and communications. Skills learned through the study of theater—such as critical thinking and analysis, presentation, teamwork and problem-solving—are invaluable to employers in practically any field.

Our graduates have been seen onstage and behind the scenes on Broadway and in regional theaters around the country. Our playwriting students have had their plays produced all over North America and Europe. Many of our majors go on to law school and have been admitted into some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Our students have also gone on to very successful careers in business, marketing, and arts administration.

Alumni News

Here are just a few examples of the exciting projects our Red Masquer alumni have been involved with:

Christopher Dimond, B.A. 2001
Winner of the 2013 Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters

Todd Kreidler, B.A. 1996
"Holler if Ya Hear Me"- written with the music of Tupac Shakur

Jacob Wadsworth, B.A. 2012
Winner of the 2013 award for Outstanding Director at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival