Published: 07 February 2022

Top jobs with a theatre and performance degree

Find out what career you could pursue with a degree in theatre and performance, and discover some of the jobs Surrey theatre and performance graduates have gone into over the past few years.

A degree in theatre and performance can lead to a variety of dazzling careers. The combination of interpersonal, practical and analytical skills that you will develop throughout your degree will ensure that you graduate with the skills you need to take the lead, whatever career you decide to pursue. 

Careers with a theatre and performance degree

Jobs directly related to a theatre and performance degree include:

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Theatre director
  • Arts administrator
  • Stage manager
  • Production manager.

However, a degree in theatre and performance will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles.

These include:

  • Teacher or lecturer
  • Community arts worker
  • Events manager
  • Broadcast presenter
  • Playwright
  • Film director.

Graduate jobs with a theatre and performance degree

Guildford School of Acting undergraduate graduates are highly sought after with 99 per cent in work or further education 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes survey 2023).

Previous theatre and performance graduates have performed in the following theatre productions on the West End, in film and in television:


  • The Effect, The Royal National Theatre
  • Richard III, The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Warhorse, New London Theatre
  • Strangers on a Train, Gielgud Theatre
  • Chariots of Fire, Gielgud and Hampstead Theatres
  • The Rivals, Theatre Royal, Haymarket
  • The Mousetrap, St Martin’s Theatre
  • The Tempest, The Old Vic
  • The 39 Steps, Criterion Theatre
  • The Favourite, Fox Searchlight.


  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Working Title
  • Calendar Girls, Buena Vista Productions
  • Defiance, Paramount Pictures
  • Nanny McPhee, Universal Pictures
  • Pacific Rim, Warner Bros
  • Red Tails, 20th Century Fox
  • What a Girl Wants, Warner Brothers
  • Saving Grace, 20th Century Fox
  • The Prince & MeElephant Adventure, First Look Studios
  • The Prince & Me 4: Royal Adventures in Paradise, First Look Studios
  • Love Actually, Universal Pictures
  • 28 Days Later, 20th Century Fox.


  • Vera, ITV
  • Death In Paradise, BBC
  • Waterloo Road, BBC
  • Death Comes to Pemberley, BBC
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • A Copper’s Tale, BBC
  • Doctor Who ­"Day of the Doctor", BBC
  • My Mad Fat Diary, E4
  • Game of Thrones, HBO
  • The Café, Sky 1
  • Holby City, BBC
  • Casualty, BBC
  • Doctors, BBC
  • Silk, BBC
  • Midsomer Murders, ITV
  • Stella, Sky 1
  • Call the Midwife, BBC
  • Fresh Meat, E4
  • True Blood, HBO
  • Hollyoaks, Channel 4
  • Trollied, Sky 1
  • The Crown, Netflix.

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