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Stage Production Workers


The outlook for jobs in theater companies varies depending on the job. For example, the Department of Labor predicts that makeup artists will have much faster than average employment growth through 2024, whereas carpenters will have average employment growth in that same timeframe. According to the Theatre Communications Group, there has been a slight increase in revenue in the theater industry in recent years, due mainly to growth in contributions. Theater attendance has been down, though, and government funding has also decreased. Many nonprofit theaters continue to operate under a deficit. There are few new or small theaters that can pay living wages for stage production workers and technicians, which is why many people working in theater production—especially at small or nonprofit theaters—supplement their incomes with other sources of work.

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