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Types of jobs in the performing arts

Category: Entertainment, performing arts

The performing arts industry is perfect for anyone who loves drama, singing, dancing or music. The sector is not limited to performing roles, however. There are plenty of opportunities for those with practical skills who are keen to work behind the scenes.

While getting a job in the industry might seem tricky, 70.6% of performing arts graduates gained employment within 6 months of graduation. From theatre companies to community arts projects, there is a career path to suit most candidates.

There are currently over 286,000 people working in music, performing and visual arts in the UK. This figure has increased by 34.2% since 2011, indicating that employment in the industry is on the rise. So, what type of jobs are available in the performing arts industry?

Stage roles

  • Actor
  • Stand-up comedian
  • Circus artist
  • Session musician
  • Singer
  • Dancer

Behind-the-scenes roles

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Stage manager
  • Choreographer
  • Set designer
  • Theatre technician
  • Sound designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Stage crew

Alternative careers

  • Teacher or lecturer
  • Drama therapist
  • Music therapist
  • Dance or movement therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Theatre front of house
  • Marketing

Are you interested in a career in the performing arts sector? Search our database for vacancies today. VERCIDA is proud to work with over 100 employers who value diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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