Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Performing arts

This sector covers a range of occupations, such as:

  • actors
  • musicians
  • theatre managers
  • technicians

Click on each career below for links to publications and websites that provide further information on each career area.

Your next steps

If you have questions about your plans, talk to a member of our team.



  • Arts Council England - a jobs website run by the Arts Council that lists all the latest theatre vacancies in the UK (along with other arts jobs)
  • Creative Choices - from the Creative and Cultural Skills Council - gives you an insight into working in the theatre industry
  • Drama UK - advice for students and a search facility for courses in acting, musical theatre, directing and technical theatre training 
  • The Independent Theatre Council (ITC) - the management association for theatre's independent sector. Website includes training and job opportunities as well as arts news 
  • The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) - information about entry into the profession, training routes, course listings and useful addresses 
  • The Stage - advice section covers a wide range of topics about careers in the theatre industry 
  • Prospects - a professional insight into the careers in this industry

Music performance, sound and publishing


Resources covering all of the careers above

  • Arts Council England - a jobs website run by the Arts Council that lists all the latest vacancies in the arts and creative sector in the UK
  • Creative & Cultural Skills - the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural industries, their website provides industry news and information about apprenticeships and qualifications. Their careers advice website Creative Choices provides information about the performing arts industry, case studies, web links and job vacancies and training opportunities 
  • Creative CV Guide PDF file icon- advice and CV examples for the creative industries
  • Equity - information about becoming a performer and a collection of fact sheets about different careers within the performing arts

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