Department of Performing Arts

Careers & Internships in Performing Arts


Performing Arts students can take courses in drafting.

The Performing Arts program prepares students to enter both the production and performance aspects of professional and educational theater. The graduates of this program pursue a variety of careers after graduation including, but not limited to, production, performance, teaching, and arts administration. The combination of coursework, co-curricular activities, and internship opportunities prepare students for the world of work. See examples of jobs and internships of recent graduates and current students below.

Jobs of Recent Performing Arts Graduates

  • Actor, Kinky Boots on Broadway
  • Production Stage Manager, Playwrights Horizons, NYC
  • Lighting Team Foreman, Cirque du Soleil, Macao and U.S. Tours
  • Carpenter, The Studio Theatre, Washington D.C.
  • Production Assistant, Centerstage, Baltimore
  • Actor, National Tour of South Pacific
  • Teacher, Prospect Hill Academy
  • Actor, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
  • Associate Company Manager, Sister Act on Broadway
  • Resident Lighting Assistant, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Assistant Production Manger, Centerstage, Baltimore
  • Director, SpeakEasy Stage Company
  • Assistant Stage Manager, Matilda on Broadway
  • Operations Office Assistant, Public Theater, NYC
  • Producer, The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway
  • Actor, Missoula Children’s Theater
  • Lighting Designer, Trey Songz International Tour
  • Teacher, Boston Public Schools
  • Production Stage Manager, Roundabout Theatre Company, NYC
  • Actor, Hair on Broadway
  • Arts Director, West End House Boys and Girls Club, Boston
  • Lighting Supervisor, Boston Ballet
  • Rigging Team Foreman, Cirque du Soleil, Macao and U.S. Tours
  • Operations Assistant, Broadway Across America – Boston
  • Producer, War Horse on Broadway
  • Actor, New Repertory Theatre

Internships of Recent Performing Arts Students and Graduates

  • Stage Management Intern, Steppenwolf, Chicago
  • Intern, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • Education Intern, Paper Mill Playhouse
  • Casting Intern, Boston Casting
  • Lighting Intern, High Output, Inc.
  • Company Management Intern, Contemporary American Theatre Festival
  • Stage Management Intern, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC
  • Education Intern, Huntington Theatre Company
  • Development Intern, Manhattan Theatre Club
  • Production Management Intern, Seattle Repertory Theatre

The Emerson Experience

In real life, he plays the part of author, producer, actor, comedian, and Emerson Alum. “Talent and training” led Denis Leary to his success in Hollywood. Leary ’79 graduated from the College’s creative writing program.

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