5135 – Actors and comedians | Canada 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.


Index of titles

Example titles

  • Acting teacher – private or studio
  • Actor/actress
  • Comedian
  • Comic
  • Diction coach
  • Drama actor
  • Drama coach
  • Drama teacher – private or studio
  • Dramatic arts teacher – private or studio
  • Dramatic reader
  • Film dubber
  • Humorist – performing arts
  • Improviser
  • Mime
  • Movie actor
  • Narrator
  • Performing arts extra
  • Reader – performing arts
  • Standardized patient
  • Stand-up comedian
  • Story teller
  • Straight man
  • Voice coach
  • Voice-over actor

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.

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.


  • Announcers and other broadcasters (5231)
  • Dancers (5134)
  • Drama professors (in 4011 University professors and lecturers)
  • Musicians and singers (5133)
  • Other performers, n.e.c. (5232)