Department of Theatre & Dance

Careers

The foundations of a degree in theatre—creativity, discipline, teamwork, and empathy—will serve you well in a variety of fields. Check out this survey from the Strategic Natioanl Arts Alumni Project to see all the amazing ways arts grads are using their degree.

Success On and Off the Stage

Success On and Off the Stage

We have graduates performing, designing, directing, and producing across the globe. We also have graduates who used their theatre degree to launch careers in business, science, education, law...you get the picture.

Testimonials

Justin Garrone '03

Justin Garrone '03

Favorite Annie Memory: Meeting my wife and then reliving that moment eight years later to propose to her in the Fred Stone

Current Gig: Lighting Designer and Artistic Director for Innovative Show Design

Notable Past Gigs: Super Bowl 43, 46 and 49; World Series of Poker

Advice: For the design track majors, take a photography class. Train your eye to look through a lens and learn how you can manipulate your artistic vision with the setting of the camera.

Lyndsey Goode '12

Lyndsey Goode '12

Favorite Annie memory: Do I have to pick one? I loved light hang Saturdays with Kevin!

Current gig: Account Manager for Cuberis, a web design firm specializing in building websites and digital experiences.

Notable past gigs: Production Stage Manager/Technical Director at The Jason Bishop Show, a touring magic and illusion production, performing all over the world (and on cruise ships!). I also worked as an Account Manager for a production company, which involved a lot of stage management and theatre-related production work in a corporate setting.

Advice to current theatre majors: What you learn while studying theatre is extremely applicable to all areas of your life—thinking on your feet, nerves of steel, and creative problem solving are just a few examples! Don’t give up on your dream, but don’t think that you can’t take what you’ve learned and be successful outside of the theatre.

Courtney (Miller) Reynolds '03

Courtney (Miller) Reynolds '03

Favorite Annie memory:My favorite Annie memory is spending the weekend in the trap [the area below the stage] with the cast of The Diary of Anne Frank. Our director, Thomas Ouellette, humored a very passionate cast that wanted to get as close as possible to the feeling of isolation and cramped quarters that the Frank and Van Daam families experienced.

Current gig: I am a transportation consultant, primarily working on reThink, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation where I get to help people figure out how to use transit, carpool, and bike to work. It's the best job in the world and I use skills I earned as a Theatre major every day.

Advice to current theatre majors: Don't be ashamed if you don't end up working in theatre/performing arts. The world can benefit from more theatre majors in board rooms and making more decisions. All the great skills and experiences you get working in the Annie can be applied to so many other industries. Define success on your own terms.

Joseph Bromfield '09

Joseph Bromfield '09

Favorite Annie memory: Spending the night on the Annie Russell Theatre stage just days before graduating with a select few fellow seniors ... I mean, ummm...errrr... Annie Russell Guild luncheons between matinees and closing night performances. So delicious.

Current gig: Acting Graduate Student at the University of Virginia. This summer, I performed Almost, Maine as part of the Heritage Repertory Theatre.

Notable past gigs: Hamlet at NCShakes, The 39 Steps at Cumberland Theatre, and Much Ado About Nothing at Mainestage Shakespeare.

Advice to current theatre majors: Enjoy the buffet of wonderful classes available to you in as many departments as possible. And live in Pinehurst Cottage for a year or two if at all possible.  

Profiles

Christopher Fitzgerald ’95 Makes Broadway History

Christopher Fitzgerald ’95 Makes Broadway History

The Rollins theater alum is the first actor to play both male leads in Chicago.
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Tales of a Female Comedy Writer

Tales of a Female Comedy Writer

Janis Hirsch ’72 has worked with Bill Murray, been fired from the same gig as Larry David, and written and produced award-winning shows like Murphy Brown, Frasier, and Will & Grace.
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From Rollins to Hollywood

From Rollins to Hollywood

Oscar-nominated actor and star of Hitchock’s Psycho, Anthony Perkins ’54 hitchhiked from Rollins to Hollywood to land his first role.
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