Theater, Dance & Music

The theater arts extend far beyond performance and include all creative, technical, and administrative aspects of theatrical production. Theater is an extremely collaborative form of art, requiring the wrangling of many different skills and personalities and culminating in a live performance that can range greatly in terms of size and length of engagement. Theatrical production can involve intense period of focused energy, but can also be seasonal and/or inconsistent in terms of scheduling.

The broad category of performing arts includes music, theater, and dance. Performers in this industry also include comedians, mimes, spoken-word artists, street performers, and others. Although talent is critical to success, the establishment and maintenance of industry contacts, and patient preparation for when the right opportunity might come play significant roles. Just as for fine/visual artists, many performing artists practice their art while working to support themselves in adjacent fields.

Things to Consider

The collaborative nature of theater also makes it extremely community driven. Networking is of central importance, along with the training, credentials, and portfolios necessary to support both creative and technical pursuits. Theater is also enormously popular at Yale, providing a range of different opportunities to extend skills and establish collaborative relationships.

For the performing arts, talent and the interest/ability to perform in front of audiences are crucial. Performing artists must be committed to the practice of and improvement of their art. Music/Theater/Dance schools and graduate programs can provide opportunities to improve skills, develop a repertoire, and to make connections and learn the business of being a performer. Practice, auditions, rehearsals, and performances are constants throughout a performing artist’s career. Take advantage of opportunities to perform at Yale, in the community, and during the summer.

Summer Experience Award

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The Summer Experiences Award (formerly the DSA) provides a stipend for a range of domestic and international opportunities to Yale College first-years, sophomores, and juniors on Yale financial aid. Students eligible for this award can use it for either:

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Common Good & Creative Careers Alumni Podcast Episodes

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As part of the Office of Career Strategy’s Take this Job and Love it Podcast, Common Good & Creative Careers has developed programming by interviewing CGCC Alumni. Current student and CGCC Fellow, Claire Zalla, YC ’21 has interviewed various Yale …

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Pro Fellow – 12 Creative Arts Residencies

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If you are a creative artist hoping to dedicate some time to your craft, these fellowships are for you! They take place all over world, including many locations in the United States, Italy, and France. There are opportunities for every …

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Create a Target Employer List (Job Search Road Map)

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Your target employer list is a critical element of your job search plan. Having a target list provides a road map as you begin your employer research and outreach efforts. An employer target list can start with industry (e.g., Healthcare), …

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Careers in the Arts: Who Stays and Who Leaves

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Research by the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and others confirms the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector—since mid-March 2020, the pandemic has (at least temporarily) cost the U.S. arts …

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