Theatre FAQs

Do you have a question about this Indian Hills Program? Browse through the Program's Frequently Asked Questions and you might just find the answer you're looking for!

 

Question:

Can I get a job with a theatre degree? 

Answer:

Yes, you really can get a job in theatre or another creative field!  It’s a competitive business, especially if you have your heart set on being a performer – we won’t lie to you about the competition if you want to be “in the spotlight.” But, if you are interested in a technical field (maybe lighting, sound, scenic construction or costuming) there are lots of jobs using your talents!  Just think of all the performing arts facilities, cruise lines, amusement parks, films, concerts, and plays that exist, and they are all looking for people with technical skills in the performing arts.  Indian Hills theatre alumni are employed as professional technical directors, light & sound engineers, scenic designers, costume designers, and actors.

 

Question:

Will I need additional training to be a theatre professional? 

Answer:

Absolutely!  You should plan on completing your Associate of Arts at Indian Hills and then transferring to a 4-year college or university to get advanced training.  Many actors and techies actually have master’s degrees called a Master of Fine Arts (MFA).

 

Question:

Why should I start studying at a community college? 

Answer:

Two words:  Stage Time.  You are not competing with juniors and seniors, or graduate students, for your chance to perform, in tech shows, in stage management, or student directing.  You will have lots of opportunities for professional experiences that freshmen and sophomore students at 4-year colleges and universities simply do not get because of the increased competition.  We have heard repeatedly from our alumni that go on for additional training that they had more stage time at Indian Hills than their classmates ever had as freshmen or sophomores at 4-year colleges or universities. 

 

 

Couldn't find the answer you were looking for? No worries! Just ask

Jennifer Boyenga, Program Director, Fine Arts
(641) 683-5111, ext. 1812 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1812
Jennifer.Boyenga@indianhills.edu