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Performing Arts

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
A Passaic County group of students performs a concert, with violinists in focus.
A Passaic County vocal group practices.
A Passaic County dance group performs.

Career pathways in this area include:





Fashion and costume designer

Makeup artist

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:

To see what performing arts programs your county vocational-technical school offers, find your school.

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