Careers for the Stagestruck & Other Dramatic Types

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 22, 2004 - Business & Economics - 160 pages
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The inspiring Careers for You series shows career explorers how to examine the job market through the unique lens of their own interests--and find new happiness in the workplace. Vital information on each job includes:

  • The latest data on training and education
  • Stories of success from each field
  • Advice on assessing job skills and marketing them well in an interview
  • Expert advice on finding and getting the job
  • Resources for further career exploration in each specific field

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Chapter 02 Careers in Theatre
Chapter 03 Careers in Dance
Chapter 04 Adventures in Music
Chapter 05 Careers in Opera
Chapter 06 Opportunities in Theatrical Design
Chapter 07 Teaching Opportunities in the Performing Arts
Chapter 08 Careers in Arts Writing and Publicity
Appendix Additional Resources
About the Author

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Page 139 - NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20506. 202/682-5400.
Page 63 - Earnings from dancing are generally low because dancers' employment is irregular. They often must supplement their income by taking temporary jobs unrelated to dancing. Dancers covered by union contracts are entitled to some paid sick leave, paid vacations, and various health and pension benefits, including extended sick pay and child birth provisions, provided by their unions.
Page 75 - ... sick leave or vacations with pay. For these reasons, many musicians give private lessons or take jobs unrelated to music to supplement their earnings as performers. Many musicians belong to a local of the American Federation of Musicians. Professional singers usually belong to a branch of the American Guild of Musical Artists.
Page 76 - Employment of industrial engineers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005, making for favorable opportunities.
Page 41 - Minimum salaries, hours of work, and other conditions of employment are covered in collective bargaining agreements between producers of shows and unions representing workers in this field. The Actors...
Page 54 - Most programs concentrate on modern dance, but also offer courses in ballet and classical techniques, dance composition, dance history, dance criticism, and movement analysis. A college education is not essential to obtaining employment as a professional dancer. In fact, ballet dancers who postpone their first audition until graduation may compete at a disadvantage with younger dancers. On the other hand, a college degree can help the dancer who retires at an early age, as often happens, and wishes...
Page 42 - ... false impression that all actors are highly paid. Many actors who work more than a set number of weeks per year are covered by a union health, welfare, and pension fund, including hospitalization insurance, to which employers contribute. Under some employment conditions, Actors' Equity and AFTRA members have paid vacations and sick leave.
Page 42 - Choreographers, summer theaters offer compensation, including "royalties" (based on the number of performances), usually ranging from $2,500 to $8,000 for a 3- to 4week run of a production. Directing a production at a dinner theater will usually pay less than a summer theater but has more potential for royalties. Regional theaters may hire directors for longer periods of time, increasing compensation accordingly. The highest paid...

About the author (2004)

Lucia Mauro is a dance/theatre critic and arts writer whose work appears in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, North Shore magazine, and various arts publications. She is a guest arts commentator on Chicago's WGN and WBEZ Radio, and appears on "The Career Clinic," a syndicated radio show based in Minneapolis. Mauro runs the website

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