Theatre graduate destinations

Theatre graduates are well placed to enter a wide range of employment sectors not directly related to their degree, particularly those that can utilise the broad range of communication skills that are developed through their course of study.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Theatre courses (BA)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 26 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 61%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 46%
Self-employment/freelancing 8%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 19%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 4%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 15%
Taking time out to travel 4%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 4%
Doing something else 0%

Sector information

Theatre graduates tend to find employment in areas directly related to their degree. These include film production, acting, the theatre and media related activities. As a result of the skills they develop during their course, Theatre graduates are also able to apply for another 70% of vacancies that are open to graduates of any degree discipline. The potential employment areas are very wide.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Public relation and communication activities 2
Book publishing 1
Technical testing and analysis 1
Other sectors (10 sectors) 10

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Rare Productions
  • Magma Poetry
  • Plimsoll Productions
  • Teleperformance
  • Zigzag Education

Examples of occupations

  • Marketing and Design Assistant
  • Sound Designer
  • Television Office Runner
  • Brand Manager
  • Dressing Room Supervisor

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 25%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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