Career Opportunities and Job Prospects for Theatre Arts Graduates in Nigeria

Theatre or theater art is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον (théatron, "a place for viewing"), itself from θεάομαι (theáomai, "to see", "to watch", "to observe").

Scope of Theatre Arts


Aesthetics is the aspect of theatre that includes the visual elements of technical design and production used to evoke a response in the observer.


Through analysis, people develop an understanding of the elements of theatre and are able to evaluate their work and the work of others based on this knowledge.


Through the creation of theatre, individuals make artistic choices and communicate those choices in a variety of forms. These communication skills are a natural process of creativity, whether it is in the form of improvising through movement, voice, or writing. Students use their bodies to express ideas, they develop variety in their voices, and they analyze stories and texts to gain further understanding of human behavior. Through shared experiences, individuals develop as participants, performers, and audience members.


The Culture Strand covers the evolution of history, culture, and traditions which have evolved in the Theatre Arts in the world. It encompasses the conventions, or rules, that are specific to the stage by which plays are performed. It includes the understanding of public reaction and behavior when attending theatrical performances, as well as appropriate responses to theatre, including the giving and receiving of constructive criticism.

Skills and Competencies needed by Theatre Artists

  • confidence
  • self-presentation
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • time management and organisational skills
  • self-awareness
  • self-discipline
  • an open mind and the ablility to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas
  • communication skills
  • analytical, critical and research skills
  • the ability to cope with criticism and learn from it
  • stamina.

Career Opportunities for Theatre Arts Grauates in Nigeria

  • Musical Director
  • Producer
  • Theatrical Makeup Artist
  • Choreographer
  • Scenic Carpenter
  • Costume Attendant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Actor
  • Community arts worker
  • Dancer
  • Dramatherapist
  • Music therapist
  • Theatre director
  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast presenter
  • Film director
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Theatre stage manager

Admission Requirements for the study of Theatre Arts in Nigeria

In UTME, please note that English Language is Compulsory for this course. Therefore, the three (3) other JAMB UTME subject combination needed to study Theatre Arts under the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in the above Universities include;

Literature in English and two (2) other relevant subjects.

O'Level Requirements

The O'level subject combination and requirements needed to study Theatre Arts;

You require;

Five (5) SSCE credit passes to include English Language and Arts subjects.



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