Sample Theater Resume

A Good Theater Resume Requires Previous Experience in the Field

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Perhaps it's the roar of the crowd. Or, perhaps you've always been the creative type going back to high school. Whatever the circumstance, if the smell of the greasepaint or the glow of the lighting rig is up your alley, you're in luck. Thousands of jobs each year are going unfilled in theaters across the country. According to Creative & Cultural Skills, an estimated 30,000 skilled backstage and technical theater workers were needed to fill positions in 2017.

But, before you head for Broadway, you need to get that all-important piece of paper in order. It's time to fine-tune your resume so employers know what you can bring to the table. By following the steps outlined below you'll be well on your way to getting yourself noticed by employers and getting called in for an interview. The sole purpose of a resume is to land an interview, so the effort it takes to improve your documents is well worth the effort.

5 Steps to Writing Your Resume:

  1. Organize your information beginning with your education and ending with your skills.
  2. Highlight your qualifications including all awards and accolades.
  3. Use bullet points to display important information as a way to draw attention to what distinguishes you.
  4. Include only relevant information to the job you're seeking and remove unnecessary clutter.
  5. Make sure your resume is error-free including grammar and spelling mistakes.

    Below is an example of a resume of a theater major who works in production and set design 

    JENNIFER LOGAN 12 Birdsong Avenue, Bronx, NY 11433

    Phone: 648-245-4567 or Email: jlogan@ucla.edu

    EDUCATION:

    UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, May 20XX
    Major: Business; Minor: Theatre; GPA/Overall: 3.5

    Summer Conservatory, Michael Howard Studios, New York, NY, Summer 20XX

    ASA Study Abroad Program, Oxford University, Oxford, England, Summer 20XX
    Shakespeare Literature, Performance Theater

    HONORS AND AWARDS:

    UCLA High Honors, Fall 20XX
    UCL Dean’s List, Spring 20XX
    Certificate of Excellence, Michael Howard Studios One-Year-Conservatory, Summer 20XX

    EXPERIENCE:

    Theatre Production, Set Designer, UCLA Theatre Department, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 20XX

    • Built and painted sets for black box production of “Death of a Salesman” and main-stage production of “Servant of Two Masters,” New York, NY, Summer 20XX
    • Assisted French director Joseph Campiano on a short film
    • Production Assistant, Take-Two PR, New York, NY, Summer 200XX 20XX, 20XX
    • Marketing Associate, Abercel Media, New York, NY, Summer 20XX
    • Editor, Saint Bernadette’s School Literary Magazine, Bronx, NY, 20XX-20XX

    SKILLS:

    Worked on MTV show “Pranked”

    • Performed duties for Instyle Magazine including working on photoshoots
    • Organized Jamie Conley Fashion Show
    • Conducted advertisements to promote Seamlessweb.com, the leading online food ordering company
    • Selected students’ literary/art for magazine, while organizing and editing layout
    • Conducted staff meetings and proposed new topics for the magazine to cover
    • Proficient at Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PC & Mac literate
    • Possess comprehensive written and oral French language skills

    Sometimes it is necessary to submit a cover letter with your resume. If this is the case you should make it short and tailored to the person and the job. Also, use the cover letter as an opportunity to mention any qualifications you possess not highlighted in your resume.

    5 Steps to Writing a Cover Letter:

    1. Make sure you address your cover letter to the right person.
    2. Capture the reader's attention in an interesting leading sentence.
    3. Make your cover letter stand out by mentioning one thing that differentiates you from the competition.
    4. Make sure your cover letter is error-free with no grammatical or spelling errors.
    5. Ask for an interview at the end of your letter and say you will follow-up with a phone call or email.

    When applying for internships be sure to check out Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Cover Letter and The 5 Ways to Improve a Resume prior to sending in your documents.