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Two primary types of theater companies operate in the United States: for-profit and nonprofit companies. The for-profit theater companies focus on producing plays that are a commercial success, while nonprofits often have the ability to produce more experimental performances, as long as their contributors support it. In addition to these divisions, there are leading companies in major metropolitan areas, and smaller companies located in smaller cities or smaller, less advantageously located venues in larger cities. Touring companies also exist to take productions on the road from city to city. Theater professionals can also find work as educators and through starting children's theater groups or as coaches or consultants.

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