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Film is the medium where a writer’s work is the most distorted. It’s a director’s medium.” Of course theatre majors can "do" theatre. But they also develop a neatly large number of highly valuable skills that make them valuable employees for any job.
Reaserch indicates that there are special advantages as a theatre major more advantages than almost all other liberal arts grads have. Most importantly, she said, theatre graduates have a can-do confidence based on their experience of successfully meeting difficult challenges.
"Theatre students have done extremely well with us," she said, "and we usually hire them because they're well-disciplined workers who learn quickly and give of themselves to the company."
Another business leader agreed:
"We like to hire theatre students," he said, "but it is a shame that when they apply to us they don't seem to realize their strengths and advantages."
Not all managers are as enlightened as those executives about the value of a theatre education in many apparently unrelated kinds of work.
First, theatre classes give them the broad vision that all liberal arts students are supposed to acquire in college;
Second, theatre's special hands-on, learn-by-doing environment gives them training, experience and skills that can be valuable in any number of careers.
An examination of a theatre degree's value in finding work outside of theatre is important both for
(a) students who are determined to study theatre and make it their life's work, and
(b) those who are only considering a theatre major among a number of other options.
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