09/08/2021

Categories: Theatre, Undergradute

Why Consider a Career in Community Arts and Theatre?

Theatre jobs don’t always have to be on stage! Community arts workers get to use their creativity in a different way while doing something great for the local area!

Community arts or community theatre can mean a lot of different things and can include semi-professional or wholly amateur projects. For a lot of performing arts students, it’s not really an area that springs to mind, but here we shine the light on why this career path is highly fulfilling.

A performance-related degree doesn’t always have to lead to the stage. In fact, a lot of graduates discover their passion for working backstage, in production management and many other exciting roles.

One role you shouldn’t overlook is being a community arts worker, as this role allows you to deploy your creative skills in many different ways.

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Is community arts or theatre right for you?

Most performance arts students have their heart set on mainstream theatre jobs, such as acting, artistic direction, casting or production. But applying to be a community arts worker could be a great career move if you love to work with people.

If you dream of making a difference and want to work across a diverse range of projects, this line of work could be extremely exciting. The work you do as a community arts worker is also extremely important, so you’ll be able to enjoy great job satisfaction.

According to Prospects.ac.uk, typical starting salaries for administrative roles are £16,000, rising to anywhere between £20,000 and £30,000 with a bit of experience. Senior level executives or those with more strategic experience can earn salaries over £30,000.

Why community theatre is important

Community theatre allows aspiring actors and hobbyists to come together to share their passion and hone their craft. It creates a sense of community with neighbours, bringing people together from all walks of life and it also gives people a sense of accomplishment.

Simply put, it makes the stage accessible to all, not just those who have had the right education and opportunities in life, and this is Why community theatre is important for local communities.

Community arts projects can provide a support network for the elderly, for those who are vulnerable, for troubled kids and teens who need a positive outlet, for families or individuals who are isolated in their local area, and for ethnic minorities.

A community arts worker is one of the most rewarding theatre jobs or performance-related jobs because you’ll be helping others. You’ll work with everyone from young people and the homeless to people with disabilities and mental health conditions.

Your work matters! And you’ll be able to see the results of what you do in a very direct way, giving you a great sense of purpose when you turn up to work.

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Studying performance arts at university 

If you’re interested in using your creative skills to help your local community, there are a number of fantastic performance or arts based degrees to explore at the University of Bolton.

 

With small class sizes, we can nurture your creative development, turning raw talent into employable skills for a range of professions. Students also get to train in our multimillion-pound Queen’s Specialist Building, as well as with our respected theatre partners.

To find out more about applying to start in September 2021, see our available courses.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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MA MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
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MA MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended
Full-time
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18 months
Duration

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MA MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice
Full-time
Mode of study
1 year
Duration

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MA MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism): Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

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MA MA Arts Management
Full-time
Mode of study
1 year
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice
Part-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA Arts Management
Part-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration

University of Bolton

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