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Finding a Job in the Performing Arts

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Finding a Job in the Performing Arts

Stage Jobs Pro offeres a highly valuable online networking and jobs site for theatre and performing arts professionals, with over 30,000 freelancers and 3,000 theatre companies sourcing staff and crew.

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Whether you're a seasoned professional or fresh out of school and ready to take on the world, finding a job in the performing arts can be a challenging prospect.

Luckily, there are some terrific resources out there if you know where to look, so following are my picks for some of the best tech, design, and administrative jobs listings for performing arts, theatre, opera, and dance!

As many of these sites also spotlight specific jobs on their social media postings, each of the listings below also includes social media links for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, wherever possible.

Stage Jobs Pro (U.S.)
Website: http://www.stagejobspro.com/us/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stagejobsprousa
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/stagejobsprousa
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2695174

Stage Jobs Pro offeres a highly valuable online networking and jobs site for theatre and performing arts professionals, with over 30,000 freelancers and 3,000 theatre companies sourcing staff and crew.

The site is a valuable resource that serves a variety of fields within the theatre, from stage management and stage tech, to positions in set, costume, lighting and sound (from tech to design) in theatre, opera, and other performance.

ART JOBS
Website: http://artjobs.artsearch.us/job-category/theatre-job-listings/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artjobs.artsearch
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JOBSartsearch‎

ArtJobs offers some helpful services including free accounts for job seekers, along with free resume/CV postings for job seekers, and a searchable resume/CV database for employers, recruitment and employment agencies. Job Seekers get their own portals and management tools allowing them to post their resumes, update their profiles, and get searched on the ART JOBS website. There is a modest fee for job posters (after a 30-day free trial for new members).

Playbill (Jobs Listings)
General Theatre Jobs: http://www.playbill.com/jobs/find/
Technical Jobs Listings: http://www.playbill.com/jobs/find/category_listing/4.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Playbill/80585070417
Twitter: http://twitter.com/playbill

It's no surprise to theatre industry fans, pros and geeks everywhere that Playbill's job listings for those in the performing arts are some of the most exhaustive and comprehensive seekers will find anywhere. A casual glance at the listings reveals postings from stage tech and design positions, to management positions, internships and performance positions, and many more.

USITT (Jobs)
Website: http://www.usitt.org/content.asp?pl=0&sl=0&contentid=345
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/usitt
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/USITTExec
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=77815&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

With a useful website that's an essential mainstay for those in the industry, USITT offers a clean, accessible, and impressive assortment of industry jobs listings for job seekers in the theatre world, and they're all free to view (no fee involved). Categories for job listings include Costume Design & Technology, Education, Engineering, Lighting Design & Technology, Management, Scene Design & Technology, Sound Design & Technology, Technical Production, and Video/Projection.

AACT (Jobs)
Website: http://www.aact2.org/networking/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AACT-American-Association-of-Community-Theatre/149637581735388
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/AACT_Community

AACT offers a nice assortment of jobs in the world of community theatre across the country, from technical staff, to fundraising, management, marketing, and educational positions, and more. The listings themselves are free to search and review, but job posters must pay a fee to post, and also be AACT members with active member IDs.

Opera America (Jobs)
Website: http://operaamerica.org/applications/jobs/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/operaamerica
Twitter: http://twitter.com/operaamerica

For those seeking to live and work in the opera world, Opera America's superb jobs listings is certainly a great place to start the search! Job listings on the site include a wealth of positions from stage management and stage tech, to executive and management positions, financial positions, and more, and with opera companies across America from coast to coast. The listings are beautifully presented and easy to view at a glance. The site offers paid job listings to member as well as non-member organizations, with job listings available online for one month from the date posted.

Dance/USA (Jobs in the Arts)
Website: http://www.danceusa.org/jobsinthearts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanceUSAorg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanceUSAorg

Dance/USA is another place to go to check out jobs in the arts world -- especially if you want something specifically connected to the world of dance. Listings are comprehensive and laid out in a simple, effective single-page scrolling format, with the most recent job postings listed first.

CareerBuilder
Website: http://www.careerbuilder.com/Jobs/Keyword/Theatre/

Primarily known as a corporate resource, CareerBuilder's arts jobs listings are more comprehensive than you might expect. The only drawback to this section, which includes a wealth of arts and theatre employment listings, is that you'll have to sift through a wide spectrum of positions ranging from the film industry, to theatre, arts, and the occasional hospitality or food service postings. Once you do, however, you'll find a great range of theatre tech and design positions and postings, too.

Indeed (Theatre Jobs)
Website: http://www.indeed.com/q-Theatre-jobs.html

This popular job site offers job postings that are sortable by salary estimate, title, company, location, job type, and employer/recruiter. Theatre and performing arts postings include a hodgepodge of industry positions, from theatre techs to instructors (private, camp and academic), managers, crew members, assistants, and more.

Indeed is one of the world's top job sites, offering over 100 million unique visitors per month, and available in more than 50 countries and 26 languages worldwide.

Guardian Jobs (Theatre Jobs)
Website: http://Jobs.theguardian.com/jobs/arts-and-heritage/theatre-/

For those seeking industry careers in the United Kingdom, Guardian Jobs is a useful resource that's easy to view, and which also enables users to receive e-mail bulletins of potential positions. Postings at a glance can range from Artistic Director and General Manager positions, to marketing and sales positions, theatre tech positions, and more.

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