NOC 5135 – Actors and comedians



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

Main Duties

  • Actors and comedians perform some or all of the following duties:
    • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Train students in interpretation of scripts, speech, movement, and dramatic theory
    • Prepare acting students for specific auditions and performances.

Employment Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability, based on an audition or previous acting roles, is an important hiring criteria.
  • Acting programs are offered at universities, colleges and private acting schools.
  • Acting teachers usually require experience as actors.
  • Membership in a guild or union may be required.

All Titles

  • acting teacher – private or studio
  • actor/actressactor, actress
  • comedian
  • comic
  • diction coach
  • drama actor
  • drama coach
  • drama teacher – private or studio
  • dramatic arts teacher – private or studio
  • dramatic reader
  • extra, performing arts
  • film dubber
  • humorist – performing arts
  • improviser
  • mime
  • movie actor
  • narrator
  • reader – performing arts
  • standardized patient
  • stand-up comedian
  • story teller
  • straight man
  • voice coach
  • voice-over actor


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  • Drama professors (See 4011 University professors and lecturers)
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  • Other performers, n.e.c. (5232)



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