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The performance POE allows you to train in movement, voice, speech, acting, theatre history, theatre literature and more. The most interdisciplinary artists will be able to try the integrative media arts POE, which blends theatre with communication, information technology, English and computer science.

Get Involved:

  • Actors’ Equity Association
  • American Association of Community Theatre
  • American Federation of TV and Radio Artists
  • American Theater Association
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • Educational Theatre Association
  • JC Step Team
  • Theatre Communications Group
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

I looked at a ridiculous amount of theatre programs in my college search and the only recurring theme was that I wasn’t going to be able to be in the work until my junior year at the earliest. At Juniata, I got cast in the first major production by the end of my freshman year.

-Nate Frieswyk ’12

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Marci Chamberlain ’10 was cast as the stand-in for all female roles, primarily for Emma Watson’s character Sam, in Perks of Being a Wallflower, filmed in Pittsburgh during the summer of 2011.

Alyssa Cuttler ’10 was employed as a Production Assistant on the AMC show Rubicon. Alyssa’s undergraduate internship with Rachel Ray no doubt helped her secure her current role.

Gerald Prosser ’10 is currently performing in off-Broadway shows and has been cast in several national television and film roles. He is also appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Actors Temple Theatre in New York City, and was recently cast as a Catholic schoolboy on Law and Order: SVU.

Nate Frieswyk ’12 and Ben Mahan ’13 teach acting at Manitou Theatre Camp in Oakland, Maine during their summers off from Juniata.

Jessica Spirko ’12 recently worked as an assistant segment producer on Project Runway during the summer of 2010.

You can read about more outstanding Theatre graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Theatre?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • costume designer
  • model
  • newscaster
  • technical writer
  • television production assistant

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • actor/actress
  • communications professor
  • director
  • lighting/costume designer
  • literary manager
  • performing arts manager
  • scenic designer
  • technical theatre
    • technical director
    • shop coordinator
    • props
  • theater critic

Possible Employers:

  • arts administration
  • choreographer
  • dramatic coach
  • educator
  • magician
  • music director
  • narrator
  • producer
  • stage manager
  • theatrical photographer

Related Occupations:

  • advertising firms
  • business & industry
  • colleges & universities
  • foundations
  • industrial studios
  • magazines & newspapers
  • motion picture studios
  • production offices/agencies
  • public relations firms
  • radio & television
  • telecommunications organizations
  • theaters

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • The Bradford County Regional Arts Council
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • JPL Productions, Inc.
  • Kingways Learning Center
  • Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts
  • Strawberry Fields, Inc.
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director