When our students graduate, their extensive production experience and off-campus professional exposure help them stand out among their peers. Here are just a few examples:
- Brillian Qi-Bell (BA theatre arts 2021), a freelance stage manager in New York City, works in productions such as the Public Theater's "The Harder They Come" by Tony Award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.
- Theatres around the nation are staging the work of Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate Isaiah Reaves (MFA theatre arts 2023).
- Designer and tech director Søren Olsen (BA theatre arts 2011) is director of theatre at North Hennepin Community College in the Minneapolis metro area.
- Zuri Starks (BA theatre arts, communication studies 2015) has landed acting roles in This Is Us, Chicago Fire, and other television productions.
Our professors are active and well-connected in the professional theatre world. You'll get to job-shadow working theatre professionals and intern at theatre companies, and Iowa alumni form a supportive network of professional contacts.
Love theatre, but don't want to pursue a theatre career? No worries! Our program teaches the communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills that employers in every field tell us they're seeking.
Career resources for UI undergraduate students
The Pomerantz Career Center provides high-quality resources and services to students, alumni, and employers. The site has information designed to help you move through the various stages of the job search process, including the Handshake@UIowa website as well as information on upcoming employer visits, internships, and careers after college.
All undergraduates can meet with a career coach to explore interests, skills, strengths, and values as you plan for after graduation.
Experience first-hand what an interview might be like by participating in a Mock Interview where you can practice interviewing, ask questions about the interview process, and be critiqued by volunteer employers from surrounding communities.
Network with employers and learn more about job and career opportunities in a variety of areas right here on campus.
Learn the level of detail needed to get noticed in the applicant pool and by Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) software, including tips on how to format your resume, effective use of power verbs, a formula for crafting bullet points, and more.
We'll guide you through the process of finding an internship, creating your own opportunity, and evaluating internship offers.
Learn more about how your personal attributes impact potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. Or, start by exploring career fields and find majors that align with your interests and skills.