After Morris

  • A young man staring at a raven
  • A chorus dancing on a brightly lit stage
  • A young man looking at another young man holding a martini glass
  • A group of actors dressed in fairytale costumes and standing onstage
  • A young man and a young woman onstage in bright costumes
  • Young men in business suits onstage
  • A group of men standing in a barn set and looking down at a young woman on the ground
  • Two young men in Renaissance costumes; one is flipping over the others back
  • A smiling young man sitting in a bathtub as dancers move around him
  • A young woman with her hands raised over her head victoriously
  • A group of young men and women in elegant Victorian costumes
  • Two young men in bright costumes throwing a beach ball as a young woman dressed as a fish looks on

“I was able to participate creatively in over 20 productions at Morris, nearly half of them as a designer. That’s simply unheard of at other institutions. That experience allowed me to work professionally as a designer and technical director during the summers, and greatly improved my resume once I was out of college and job hunting. ”

—Alex Clark ’09, technical director at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Take it from a small liberal arts college graduate. A major in theatre can prepare you to succeed in any field by developing the following strengths:

  • Improvisation: the ability to react quickly and effectively to any situation;
  • Project management: working with multiple teams on tight budgets to produce a successful project;
  • Interpersonal skills: allowing you to work effectively with a wide variety of people during highly concentrated efforts;
  • Decision-making abilities: permitting you to make the tough choices when the risks are high and relationships are at stake.

Graduate work is necessary for those who want to teach theatre at the college level. But many Morris students find rewarding positions in the performing arts right out of college. Here are some examples from among our graduates.

What careers do Morris graduates pursue with a degree in theatre arts?

  • Actor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Box Office Management
  • College Theatre Professor
  • Costumer
  • Counselor
  • Designer
  • Director
  • Draftsperson
  • Educator
  • Fundraiser
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Improvisation
  • Marketing
  • Musician
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Stand-Up Comedy

Who hires them?

  • Advertising agencies
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Arts councils
  • Children’s theatres
  • Colleges
  • Commercial theatres
  • Community theatres
  • Corporations
  • Dinner theatres
  • Educational performing companies
  • Elementary schools
  • Film studios
  • Government agencies
  • High schools
  • Industrial shows
  • Museums
  • Non–profit organizations
  • Performing arts centers
  • Private schools
  • Regional theatres
  • Show groups
  • Summer stock theatres
  • Television networks
  • Television/film studios
  • Touring companies

Where do they attend graduate school?

  • Arizona State University
  • Bemidji State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Carthage College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Florida State University
  • Mankato State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northeast Louisiana University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Rutgers University
  • San Franscisco State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. Scholastica
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Western Michigan University

What do they study?

  • Acting
  • Administration
  • Art
  • Business
  • College Student Personnel
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Education
  • Education Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Film
  • Library Science
  • Management
  • Music
  • Real Estate
  • Speech Communications
  • Stage Direction
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Administration
  • Theatre Design
  • Writing