53121 – Actors, comedians and circus performers

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major Group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Broad Occupation Category

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5312 – Occupations in creative and performing art

Actors, comedians and circus performers perform roles and circus skills in circuses, motion picture, television, theatre and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences. They are employed by motion picture, television, circuses, theatre and other production companies. This unit group includes acting teachers employed by private acting schools.

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Example Titles

  • Acrobat

  • Acting teacher - private or studio

  • Actor/actress

  • Circus performer

  • Clown

  • Comedian

  • Drama teacher - private or studio

  • Narrator

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Actors and comedians

  • Study and rehearse lines, gestures and expressions to interpret a role

  • Portray roles in video or motion picture productions, television shows, theatre productions, radio dramas, commercials and other productions or perform the narration

  • Sing or dance as required by specific roles

  • Perform comedy acts in nightclubs alone or as members of comedy troupes

  • Improvise a role.

Acting teachers

  • Train students in interpretation of scripts, speech, movement, and dramatic theory

  • Prepare acting students for specific auditions and performances.

Circus performers

  • perform a variety of acts intended to amaze, thrill, and engage audiences

  • Conceptualize and choreograph original performances

  • Study and perform acrobatic and aerial skills required by specific circus shows

  • May participate in the development of a director or ringmaster’s vision.

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree or college diploma in dance or Graduation from a private dance school or academy may be required.

  • Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.

  • Dance teachers usually require experience as dancers.

  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.