Drama - Careers and Student Profiles

Careers for Drama graduates

Drama graduates find a range of employment opportunities in:

  • community theatre
  • contemporary performance
  • education (for those with additional teaching qualifications - see courses page)
  • independent projects/companies
  • live theatre
  • performing arts centres


Student Profiles - Drama

Photo of Deakin graduate Sharyn Mullens

Sharyn Mullens
Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Drama, Media Arts

Sharyn is the founder and director of the successful Fresh Youth Theatre group based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, she has initiated a ‘Wellbeing Day’ program for upper primary and secondary students throughout Victoria, and also teaches literacy to teenagers unable to attend mainstream schools.

According to Sharyn, her Deakin experience and network have been invaluable in establishing Fresh Youth Theatre, which is part of the Blackburn Community Care Network.

"I wouldn’t have been able to set up Fresh without the skills and experiences gained at Deakin, ranging from performance and technical skills through to management and coordination and team building."


Celia Pacquola photo

Celia Pacquola
Bachelor of Arts - Drama, Professional Writing majors

Driven by a passion for theatre, 22-year-old Deakin arts graduate Celia Pacquola is unstoppable. Since completing her three-year Bachelor of Arts degree course at the end of 2003, Celia and four of her Deakin drama classmates have launched their own theatre production company, 'Tangible Productions Incorporated'.

Tangible has already tasted success with sell-out shows at the Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festivals.

‘We started the company because we wanted to do our own thing, and also involve others, rather than have to find and deal with agents and chase parts.’


Photo of Michael Sharkey Deakin Drama graduate

Michael Sharkey
Bachelor of Arts (Drama)/ Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)

Being part of the drama and live theatre scene has always been a burning ambition for Michael. However, aware of how tough the industry is, he was determined to combine his drama studies with another area of interest such as teaching. Deakin provided such an opportunity through its highly regarded combined courses. In fact Michael found his courses quite complementary, particularly as his teaching methods were drama and English.

'Deakin's drama course is comprehensive and provides students with many opportunities to create their own pieces and direct other students, as well as learn other core skills,' Michael said, 'We were encouraged to go out and create from the moment we enrolled and the lecturers were always very supportive whether it was through technical help, design or general guidance.'

As Michael progressed through the course he became increasingly interested in directing live theatre.

'I like the idea of working with a cast of actors to get them to understand the image I have of the text and to have them draw that out on stage...I like the idea of nurturing a united perception of what the performance is going to be,' he said.

Michael found his teaching studies rewarding because of the insights he gleaned and the skills he has acquired to encourage students to learn.

One of the highlights of the course undertaking teaching rounds at a secondary college where he presented clowning workshops for senior students. He was amazed at how engaged the students were and how much they accomplished.

In fact teaching drama is a case of deja vu for Michael as it was his drama teacher at secondary school who encouraged his interest in the discipline and steered him towards tertiary studies.

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