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Northwestern School of Communication

Career Pathways

As a Northwestern theatre major, career opportunities exist in a vast number of fields. Many theatre majors go on to pursue professions in the field of theatre as performers, directors, designers, producers, and more.

A theatre major, however, is also a productive major for those students who might not want to pursue theatre professionally. Northwestern Theatre majors have gone on to jobs in a variety of fields – such as consulting, law, teaching, and a variety of others.

The School of Communication Office of External Programs, Internships, & Career Services (EPICS) offers a wide variety of programming and resources to support students’ professional development.

Faculty Connections

The Northwestern theatre faculty and staff are active artists working professionally as well as teaching.  Students can work with these professors on campus through the independent study program, which gives students the opportunity to focus their interests even further.

Many students have the opportunity to work with these professors outside of the Northwestern campus on various theatrical endeavors and projects because Northwestern faculty and alumni are active in a number of Chicago companies – The Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, and Teatro Vista.

Plays and productions originating in the department have gone on to be produced outside of Northwestern, and students have been able to perform professionally in these productions.