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The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department of Theater is dedicated to the professional advancement of both our undergraduate and graduate students. The Department provides a number of resources and services to enhance student development in building successful careers both during their time at UMass and beyond:

Mentoring

The UMass Department of Theater believes that mentoring is critical to the development of successful students and young professionals. In addition to assigning an individual advisor to each student, UMass Theater feels that it is the responsibility of all departmental faculty and staff to provide mentorship and guidance to all students. Graduate students also serve as vital mentors to our undergraduate students and provide a high level of accessibility and considerable presence.  Students can seek out guidance not only for academic support with their studies here at UMass, but also support with professional development outside of the department.

Students in the Department of Theater receive mentorship in a number of ways:

Faculty Advising

Undergraduate- and graduate-level Theater majors are each assigned a faculty advisor within the department who is able to provide support and guidance throughout their college careers. Students are expected to meet with their advisors each semester prior to enrolling for the following period. Advisors provide guidance in designing an individualized course of study that will not only aid students in meeting core requirements for graduation, but also prepare students for successful careers beyond UMass.

Peer Advising

In addition to receiving the mentorship of graduate students, upper level undergraduate students also serve as mentors for the 1st and 2nd year students. The Undergraduate Advisory Council is made up of Theater majors in their junior or senior years, who act as liaisons between the undergraduate student body and the faculty. They serve as peer advisors to first-year and transfer students new to the major and provide a valuable resource to incoming students as they get acquainted with the department and life at UMass.

Student Surveying

The Department is constantly searching for ways to better serve our students and actively seeks out feedback from students to identify the services that would be most beneficial. All junior year theater majors are required to participate in a survey detailing feedback on their experiences here at UMass. Seniors participate in exit interviews with the Department Chair. The feedback provided is carefully analyzed and used to tailor the program to meet student needs.

We want to hear from you! What is working for you and what challenges do you face? The Undergraduate Program Director welcomes feedback from students and is here to support you.


Grants

To assist students in the processes of searching for grants and funding opportunities, the UMass Amherst Department of Theater has created a database of funding opportunities for arts-related projects offered both within the University and through external sources. Access the database »

Tips for using the database:

  • Narrow down your selection by clicking on the Filter tab option on the far left of the table and selecting the relevant criteria.
  • Multiple filters can be applied at once to narrow down the results.
  • The search function can be used to identify keywords.
  • Customize your preferred view of the search results by selecting either the “Rows” or “Cards” tab at the top of the table. 

Applying for Grants

Before applying for a Grant please review these instuctions [PDF].

Additional Grants Resources

If you were not able to find what you were looking for in the above database, below are links to a few additional resources you can use to continue your search:


Internships & Jobs

Department of Theater strongly urges students to seek professional experiences in their chosen areas of interest. Apprenticeships, internships, and mentorships offer valuable professional experiences for students who want to pursue a career in theater and the performing arts. Opportunities are available locally and nationally with many positions offering stipends and/or room and board. Students may be able to arrange university credit for their activities. Below are links that can get you started in your search:

List of theater-related internships »

Theater Internship & Job Listings:

*The UMass Department of Theater has a subscription to Artsearch, which students can use to search for jobs and internships. Please contact General Manager Willow Cohen for the log-in credentials.

Theater Internship & Job Fairs:

In addition to the resources above the faculty and staff at UMass have an extensive professional network and can provide support in identifying internship opportunities tailored to the individual needs of each student. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor or to seek out guidance from other faculty and staff members in the department.


Workshops

The Department of Theater hosts a number of professional-development and curriculum-based workshops, master classes, and guest lectures throughout the year. These events occur within individual classes, larger seminars, and department-wide settings, and they are geared to help students understand and navigate the transition into the professional worlds of theater, film, and TV. They also explore how the skills learned within the department can pay off in other fields. 

Past guests include:

Huntington Theatre's Costume Crafts Artisan and Dyer Dee Wallace Spriggs
Yale School of Drama Chair of Acting Walton Wilson
Shakespeare & Co. Artistic Director Allyn Burrows
Red Wall Productions' Roz Coleman
Actor Dinorah Walton
BC/EFA producer Michael Graziano
and many more

Career-oriented workshops are occasionally funded through money originally raised for the Fridays at Four career preparation series.


Alumni Networking

UMass Amherst Department of Theater has an extensive network of alumni working professionally in a wide variety of theater and related fields. 

The Department’s quarterly newsletter, Stages, is a great way for current students to find out about the amazing work our alums are doing out in the field as well as a way for Alums to keep abreast on current events and developments within the Department.

In order to provide a platform for current students to connect with our alumni, the Department has set up the UMass Theater Atlas through LinkedIn. It is intended as an online networking hub for students, alumni, faculty, colleagues, and friends of the UMass Theater. We encourage current students to join the group and make connections with alumni of the program.

Current students are also encouraged to join the Department Facebook group, which is a clearing house of information about department events, internship and employment opportunities, grants, career workshops, and more. Many alumni are active in the group and post opportunities of interest to current students.


Campus Services

Career Services: Offers a variety of services designed to assist students with career development including advising, training, interview and resume prep and assistance with job and internship search.

Arts Extension Service: A national arts service organization located at UMass that offers Arts Management training for students and professionals in the arts including professional certification programs in Arts Management.

Graduate Student Office of Professional Development: Offers Graduate Student training and professional development opportunities including workshops on grant application, teaching, and academic writing, which are designed to complement the graduate student academic experience and position students for success in their careers at UMass and beyond.

Writing Center: Provides feedback and support with written work at any point during the writing process. Helps student writers develop drafts, clarify arguments, edit sentence structure, re-organize texts, and build productive writing practices.

Mentoring

The UMass Department of Theater believes that mentoring is critical to the development of successful students and young professionals. In addition to assigning an individual advisor to each student, UMass Theater feels that it is the responsibility of all departmental faculty and staff to provide mentorship and guidance to all students. Graduate students also serve as vital mentors to our undergraduate students and provide a high level of accessibility and considerable presence.  Students can seek out guidance not only for academic support with their studies here at UMass, but also support with professional development outside of the department.

Students in the Department of Theater receive mentorship in a number of ways:

Faculty Advising

Undergraduate- and graduate-level Theater majors are each assigned a faculty advisor within the department who is able to provide support and guidance throughout their college careers. Students are expected to meet with their advisors each semester prior to enrolling for the following period. Advisors provide guidance in designing an individualized course of study that will not only aid students in meeting core requirements for graduation, but also prepare students for successful careers beyond UMass.

Peer Advising

In addition to receiving the mentorship of graduate students, upper level undergraduate students also serve as mentors for the 1st and 2nd year students. The Undergraduate Advisory Council is made up of Theater majors in their junior or senior years, who act as liaisons between the undergraduate student body and the faculty. They serve as peer advisors to first-year and transfer students new to the major and provide a valuable resource to incoming students as they get acquainted with the department and life at UMass.

Student Surveying

The Department is constantly searching for ways to better serve our students and actively seeks out feedback from students to identify the services that would be most beneficial. All junior year theater majors are required to participate in a survey detailing feedback on their experiences here at UMass. Seniors participate in exit interviews with the Department Chair. The feedback provided is carefully analyzed and used to tailor the program to meet student needs.

We want to hear from you! What is working for you and what challenges do you face? The Undergraduate Program Director welcomes feedback from students and is here to support you.

Grants

To assist students in the processes of searching for grants and funding opportunities, the UMass Amherst Department of Theater has created a database of funding opportunities for arts-related projects offered both within the University and through external sources. Access the database »

Tips for using the database:

  • Narrow down your selection by clicking on the Filter tab option on the far left of the table and selecting the relevant criteria.
  • Multiple filters can be applied at once to narrow down the results.
  • The search function can be used to identify keywords.
  • Customize your preferred view of the search results by selecting either the “Rows” or “Cards” tab at the top of the table. 

Applying for Grants

Before applying for a Grant please review these instuctions [PDF].

Additional Grants Resources

If you were not able to find what you were looking for in the above database, below are links to a few additional resources you can use to continue your search:

Internships & Jobs

Department of Theater strongly urges students to seek professional experiences in their chosen areas of interest. Apprenticeships, internships, and mentorships offer valuable professional experiences for students who want to pursue a career in theater and the performing arts. Opportunities are available locally and nationally with many positions offering stipends and/or room and board. Students may be able to arrange university credit for their activities. Below are links that can get you started in your search:

List of theater-related internships »

Theater Internship & Job Listings:

*The UMass Department of Theater has a subscription to Artsearch, which students can use to search for jobs and internships. Please contact General Manager Willow Cohen for the log-in credentials.

Theater Internship & Job Fairs:

In addition to the resources above the faculty and staff at UMass have an extensive professional network and can provide support in identifying internship opportunities tailored to the individual needs of each student. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor or to seek out guidance from other faculty and staff members in the department.

Workshops

The Department of Theater hosts a number of professional-development and curriculum-based workshops, master classes, and guest lectures throughout the year. These events occur within individual classes, larger seminars, and department-wide settings, and they are geared to help students understand and navigate the transition into the professional worlds of theater, film, and TV. They also explore how the skills learned within the department can pay off in other fields. 

Past guests include:

Huntington Theatre's Costume Crafts Artisan and Dyer Dee Wallace Spriggs
Yale School of Drama Chair of Acting Walton Wilson
Shakespeare & Co. Artistic Director Allyn Burrows
Red Wall Productions' Roz Coleman
Actor Dinorah Walton
BC/EFA producer Michael Graziano
and many more

Career-oriented workshops are occasionally funded through money originally raised for the Fridays at Four career preparation series.

Alumni Networking

UMass Amherst Department of Theater has an extensive network of alumni working professionally in a wide variety of theater and related fields. 

The Department’s quarterly newsletter, Stages, is a great way for current students to find out about the amazing work our alums are doing out in the field as well as a way for Alums to keep abreast on current events and developments within the Department.

In order to provide a platform for current students to connect with our alumni, the Department has set up the UMass Theater Atlas through LinkedIn. It is intended as an online networking hub for students, alumni, faculty, colleagues, and friends of the UMass Theater. We encourage current students to join the group and make connections with alumni of the program.

Current students are also encouraged to join the Department Facebook group, which is a clearing house of information about department events, internship and employment opportunities, grants, career workshops, and more. Many alumni are active in the group and post opportunities of interest to current students.

Campus Services

Career Services: Offers a variety of services designed to assist students with career development including advising, training, interview and resume prep and assistance with job and internship search.

Arts Extension Service: A national arts service organization located at UMass that offers Arts Management training for students and professionals in the arts including professional certification programs in Arts Management.

Graduate Student Office of Professional Development: Offers Graduate Student training and professional development opportunities including workshops on grant application, teaching, and academic writing, which are designed to complement the graduate student academic experience and position students for success in their careers at UMass and beyond.

Writing Center: Provides feedback and support with written work at any point during the writing process. Helps student writers develop drafts, clarify arguments, edit sentence structure, re-organize texts, and build productive writing practices.