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Theater Specialist Series, 1054

Individual Occupational Requirements


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- drama or theater.



General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Work such as acting, producing, or directing; technical production work such as scenic, lighting, or costume design; drama coaching or teaching; or theater administration.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience that demonstrated the ability to:

  • Produce, stage, or direct theatrical performances or events such as pageants, play festivals, or musicals.
  • Instruct in or serve as a specialist in one or more of the theater arts such as (1) direction, (2) technical production such as lighting design and execution, scenic and costume design and construction, and makeup, (3) dance production such as choreography, dance drama, and ritual theater, (4) performance techniques such as acting, dancing, and dramatic pantomime, (5) playwriting, (6) play or music theater production, or (7) theater administration, management, or promotion.

This ability may have been gained in:

  • Planning, staging, producing, or directing plays, pageants, festivals, musicals, professional theater companies such as civic repertory, resident community, summer stock, Broadway productions, national touring companies, or regional theater groups.
  • Planning, establishing, or evaluating a theater curriculum for secondary or higher academic levels.
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