The arts are big business in New Jersey, supporting other industries and enriching communities throughout the state. With a strategic location close to the lights of Broadway, and a growing reputation as a film and television production hub, professional opportunities in the performing arts abound in the Garden State. Technical positions include sound, lighting, and set design and are ideal for those looking to be part of the action but work more behind the scenes.
For those interested in capturing a bit of the spotlight, students in dance, drama and vocal music programs are often accepted through auditions. They gain valuable opportunities to perform and showcase their work both on campus and throughout the community. They often grow their talents by learning with a community of peers with similar interests and drive.
Why Performing Arts?
- New Jersey is close to the Broadway and Philadelphia theater scenes
- New Jersey recently instituted one of the largest subsidy programs for film production and studio creation
- According to Choose: New Jersey, the state is home to the most concentrated film and TV professionals outside of Los Angeles
- Skills obtained are valuable in a range of careers
- Opportunity to express creativity and innovation
- Streaming services create increased opportunities for talented artists to join a cast or pitch an idea
Career pathways in this area include:
Fashion and costume designer
Music director or composer
Musician or singer
Set and exhibit designer
Talent director, agent, or manager
Theater technician or stage manager
For Students And Parents:
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