Northeastern Theater
Area of Study

Theater

Overview

The theater program is designed to give students a firm foundation in the basics of the theatrical craft. Coursework combines theatrical work and practical on-stage experience. Northeastern theater productions are open to all students regardless of major.

Whether a student plans on a career in theater or film, or just wants to expand his or her love of the art form, the program provides the tools to move forward in this very competitive world.

The work done at Northeastern enables students to transfer to four-year institutions secure in the knowledge that they are grounded in the basics of the theater world, enabling them to compete in the theatrical world at major universities.

Coursework combines theatrical work and practical on-stage experience. Northeastern theater productions are open to all students regardless of major.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of actors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth in the motion picture industry will stem from continued strong demand for new movies and television shows. The number of Internet-only platforms, such as streaming services, is likely to increase, along with the number of shows produced for these platforms. This growth may lead to more work for actors.

Actors who work in performing arts companies are expected to see slower job growth than those in film. Many small and medium-size theaters have difficulty getting funding. As a result, the number of performances is expected to decline. Large theaters, with their more stable sources of funding and more well-known plays and musicals, should provide more opportunities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median hourly wage for Actors at $17.54 for May 2018