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Theater Resume Sample & Writing Guide [20+ Tips]

Theater Resume Sample & Writing Guide [20+ Tips]

Writing a theater resume feels jittery? Fret not. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a resume for theater jobs that will help you get noticed. Curtain up.

Emilia Mucha
Emilia Mucha
Career Expert

Theater Resume Template

 

Claudine Gray

Theatrical performer

claudine.gray@email.us

443-314-4703

 

Height: 5’7

Eyes: blue

Tone of voice: Mezzo-soprano

 

Membership: TANYS

 

Professional Summary

 

Passionate musical actor featured in numerous Broadway productions. Award-winning theatre performances in John Smith’s Ophelia and Stephen Oremus’ Wicked. Accustomed to the demanding stage sets and backed by a network of stage contacts. Known for artistic integrity and classic mezzo-soprano.

 

Theater

 

  • Wicked, Glinda, Gershwin Theatre (Stephen Oremus)
  • Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Cynthia Weil, Stephen Sondheim Theatre (Douglas McGrath)
  • Hamlet ,Ophelia, The Shakespeare Theatre (John Smith)
  • Othello, Desdemona, Bryant Park Theater (Mary Doe)
  • The Blackberry, Louis, Jacobs Theatre (Mark James)
  • Passage, Young citizen, Soho Repertory Theatre (Christopher Chen)
  • Romeo and Juliet, Juliet, Carroll Park (John Smith)

 

Film and Television

 

  • The True Colors, Amanda, Mark and Co. Productions
  • Man with a Plan, Kate Burns, CBS (Jackie Filgo and Jeff Filgo)

 

Education and Training

 

The New York Film Academy's Musical Theatre School

Graduation year: 2016

  • Pursued my passion for acting and musical singing.
  • Starred in five school productions.
  • Awarded Best Performer of 2019.

 

Voice training: Oprah Mia, Louis Drake

 

Special Skills

 

  • Dance (improvisational, modern)
  • Singing (musical, pop)
  • Accents 
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Stamina
  • Time management

 

Languages

 

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic

 

Want to save time and have your resume ready in 5 minutes? Try our resume builder. It’s fast and easy to use. Plus, you’ll get ready-made content to add with one click. See 20+ resume templates and create your resume here.

 

theater resume templates

Sample Theater Resume—See more templates and create your resume here.

 

If you want to see more sample resumes for creative jobs, check out our dedicated guides:

 

 

Here’s how to write a theater resume that steals the show:

 

1. Choose the Best Format for Your Theater Resume

 

Whether it’s a first round audition or callbacks—

 

You need to draw the director’s attention right away.

 

How to do this?

 

Create a theater resume perfect for a quick review. 

 

For this to happen, follow the best resume formatting rules:

Pro Tip: Performing arts resumes are usually two-sided: one side being your headshot, and the other side the actual text of your resume. Make sure the two fit nicely together and set the dimensions of the photograph to 8x10. This is particularly important when you're handing in a paper copy of your application.

2. Write a Theater Resume Objective or Summary

 

What’s the next step that leads onto the stage?

 

Writing a great professional profile that makes the casting committee want to read on.

 

This is a short introductory paragraph placed at the top of your theater resume and it comes in two forms: a resume summary or resume objective. 

 

Here’s the difference between them:

 

A career summary works best for artists with 2+ years of on-stage experience. It focuses on your best rolesand key achievements.

 

A career objective is a better choice for beginners. It highlights skills you’ve learned and reflects your passion for the profession.

Pro Tip: If you’ve learned the tricks of the acting trade under a teacher known in the industry, mention the teacher’s name in your theater resume profile.

3. Create an Applaudable Theater Resume Experience Section

 

The experience section on theater resumes differs from the traditional resume job description section.

 

But it’s still the most important part of your application.

 

Tailor your resume experience section to the job offer you’re targeting and make it accurate.

 

Here’s how:

  • Group your acting credits by category: theater, film, or television.
  • Put the theater category up front as it’s the most relevant.
  • List the play or movie title, the role you played, name and location of the venue or production studio, plus a director’s name.
  • Within each category, begin with your most prominent role.
  • List your credits in the form of bullet points.
  • Cut to the chase—wordy descriptions won’t boost your chances of getting noticed.

Pro Tip: If you a fresher actor worried that you don’t have actual credits for your theatre resume, don’t worry. List scene work from the acting classes you took.

4. Make Your Theater Resume Education Section Stand Out

 

You’re an artist. Why would you bother to list schools on a resume, right?

 

Wrong.

 

Your formal education and training are substantial for your future theater career. Any acting, dance, and voice workshops may back up your way to Broadway.

 

Here’s how to make your resume education section shine:

  • If you have more than 5 years of professional experience, stick to listing your degree, school name and location, and graduation year. That’s it.
  • If you’re less experienced and you don’t have many stage credits, elaborate on your acting training. List your GPA, acting-related workshops, studio classes, private coaching, etc.

Pro Tip: Want to pursue an on-stage career but you have no formal education in place? See these top 25 BFA acting programs for 2018-2019.

5. Highlight Your Theatrical Skills

 

To get the chance to present your skills in practice, you first need to name the right ones on your resume.

 

Use the list below as a hint. But remember— 

 

On you resume, you have to include theatrical skills that are most relevant to the audition you’re going to attend.

 

Theater Resume—Special Skills 

 

Pro Tip: Can’t pretend voices and do the headstands? Don’t make up skills on your theater resume. The casting committee will want to verify them.

When making a resume in our builder, drag & drop bullet points, skills, and auto-fill the boring stuff. Spell check? Check. Start building your resume here.

When you’re done, Zety’s resume builder will score your resume and tell you exactly how to make it better.

 

6. Add Other Sections to Your Theater Resume

 

Want the artistic director to learn more about you?

 

Consider adding the following optional sections to your theater resume:

Pro Tip: Awards added to your acting resume should be professional. Acting class awards from college? These may offend the judges. If your award is prominent for a specific role, place it just below the related credit in the experience section of your resume.

7. Attach a Cover Letter to Your Theater Resume

 

But theaters don’t require cover letters.

 

That’s only a half-truth. 

 

Actually, almost 50% of employersconsider a cover letter the second best thing to give your resume a boost. (You can read more here.)

 

Writing a job-winning cover letter isn’t that difficult. Just follow these tips:

Pro Tip: When writing your cover letter for theater jobs do not repeat your resume. Cover letters are meant to complement resumes. Not repeat them.

This is it!

 

That’s how you write an applaudable theater resume!

Are you writing a theater resume for the first time? You’re here because you want to tweak your old theatrical resume? Give us a shout in the comments. We’d love to talk!

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Emilia Mucha
Emilia Mucha
Emilia is a career expert sharing all kinds of job hunting advice. At Zety, she writes dedicated guides that help readers create job-winning resumes and cover letters.

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