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Working as a Drama Director

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a drama director. For example, did you know that they make an average of $25.08 an hour? That's $52,174 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 5% and produce 7,200 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Drama Director Do

There are certain skills that many drama directors have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed discipline, perseverance and leadership skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a drama director, we found that a lot of resumes listed 34.4% of drama directors included drama, while 17.5% of resumes included fall play, and 7.8% of resumes included technical theatre. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the drama director job title. But what industry to start with? Most drama directors actually find jobs in the education and non profits industries.

How To Become a Drama Director

If you're interested in becoming a drama director, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 49.8% of drama directors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 32.5% of drama directors have master's degrees. Even though most drama directors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a drama director. When we researched the most common majors for a drama director, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on drama director resumes include high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a drama director. In fact, many drama director jobs require experience in a role such as teacher. Meanwhile, many drama directors also have previous career experience in roles such as substitute teacher or director.

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Average Salary$52,174
Job Growth Rate5%

Drama Director Jobs

Average Salary for a Drama Director

Drama Directors in America make an average salary of $52,174 per year or $25 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $99,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $27,000 per year.
Average Salary
$52,174

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Drama Director
Drama Director
Calistoga Joint Unified
Calistoga Joint Unified
11/21/2019
11/21/2019
$40,06811/21/2019
$40,068
Drama Director
Drama Director
Calistoga Joint Unified
Calistoga Joint Unified
08/28/2019
08/28/2019
$38,90408/28/2019
$38,904
Director, Drama
Director, Drama
Roessler-Chadwick Foundation DBA Chadwick School
Roessler-Chadwick Foundation DBA Chadwick School
12/03/2014
12/03/2014
$107,10012/03/2014
$107,100
Director, Drama
Director, Drama
Roessler-Chadwick Foundation DBA Chadwick School
Roessler-Chadwick Foundation DBA Chadwick School
08/24/2011
08/24/2011
$105,00008/24/2011
$105,000

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Drama Director Demographics

Gender

female

62.5 %

male

32.2 %

unknown

5.4 %

Ethnicity

White

71.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.9 %

Black or African American

7.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0 %

French

24.0 %

German

8.0 %
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Drama Director Education

Degrees

Bachelors

49.8 %

Masters

32.5 %

Certificate

5.3 %

Top Colleges for Drama Directors

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

2. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

3. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216

4. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

5. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

6. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

7. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

8. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

9. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

In-State Tuition
$49,816
Enrollment
6,840

10. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

In-State Tuition
$15,094
Enrollment
32,974
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Top Skills For a Drama Director

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 34.4% of drama directors listed drama on their resume, but soft skills such as discipline and perseverance are important as well.

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Top Drama Director Employers

1. CampCo
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$28,518
Drama Directors Hired: 
4+
2. Contra Costa Newspapers
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$39,388
Drama Directors Hired: 
3+
3. Lockport Township High School
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$37,004
Drama Directors Hired: 
3+
4. Neighbor To Family
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$36,921
Drama Directors Hired: 
2+
5. Robins & Morton
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$49,038
Drama Directors Hired: 
2+
6. ATA Services
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$39,720
Drama Directors Hired: 
2+

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