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Workforce Readiness Symposium

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September 22, 2018 at 9am – 4pm

Venues Around L.A.

Workforce Readiness Symposium

Center Theatre Group invites representatives from the Southern California higher education community to a daylong Workforce Readiness Symposium, focused on how best to prepare theatre students to step from college into career.

This is an opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn more about hiring challenges and needs in the field, and develop a collaborative framework for how we train theatre students to work in their desired career pathway.

The event is free, but advance registration is required. The event includes complimentary lunch and parking. Location and parking details will be sent to registered attendees in advance.

To ensure broad representation from the local higher education community, Center Theatre Group invites up to five representatives from any college or university to attend. We anticipate attendees will be primarily theatre department faculty (including adjuncts), staff, and administrators, as well as career department professionals. Those who weigh in on curriculum and requirements within theatre departments are particularly encouraged to participate. Representatives will sign up for their desired working group during the registration process (see list below), and are encouraged to split up from their colleagues.


About Workforce Readiness

While elements like craft, theatre history, technical skills, and artistry are crucial components of a theatre education, we will be examining a separate important skillset: workforce readiness. Workforce readiness is a student’s ability to step directly from college into a career in theatre, and includes skills as diverse as understanding how and where to find jobs, financial literacy, knowledge of union structure, and entrepreneurship/self-marketing training.

About the Symposium

This event will begin with a series of brief presentations, including hiring data from Center Theatre Group and other employers, the results of a survey that collected information on career training from 300 local theatre program alumni, and snapshots of innovative campus career training models. After lunch, attendees will break out into working groups to collaborate on best practices and suggestions around workforce readiness.

Working Groups

Each attendee will select a working group focused on a different topic or specialization. Representatives from the same campus are strongly encouraged to attend different groups.

  • Acting (Including musical theatre acting)
  • Arts Management & Administration
  • Costume Design & Technology
  • Directing
  • Lighting and Projection Design & Technology
  • Playwriting & Dramaturgy
  • Scenic Design & Technology
  • Sound Design & Technology
  • Stage Management
  • Technical Direction & Production Management
  • Department Chairs
  • Supporting Diverse Students
  • Community Colleges

Planning Partners

The Symposium was planned with assistance and input from higher education partners representing the following campuses:

  • CalArts
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Chapman University
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Pomona College
  • Santa Monica College
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California
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East Los Angeles College Theatre Department

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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The event is free, but advance registration is required.