Creating a Theatrical Résumé

Olmsted Performing Arts requires complete theatrical résumés to be submitted at the time of audition for all main stage actors. Because this may be new for you, we’d like to provide a few pointers and some sample templates that you can use to assist you as you craft your résumé for your audition.

About the Résumé

A theatrical résumé is a written copy of any previous acting work you might have done. In your résumé, make sure you list the roles you’ve played in school or college stage productions, community theatre productions, your voice and/or dance training, and other skills (e.g., juggling, skateboarding, gymnastics).

You need not list every show you’ve ever done. You only need to emphasize on the most important roles and performances that have some weight.

It is advisable to produce an acting résumé that accurately presents your experience and achievements. This document should ideally be a one-page document that lists your theatrical, film, and commercial experience. A good idea is to sub-divide your acting résumé so that each part of your career is clearly explained.

Dos and Don'ts

  • Don’t lie about your experience just to fill in an area.
  • Don’t make a résumé larger than 8.5 x 11. Stick to one page.
  • Do consider appropriate font choices, print quality, and have a friend proofread it before you print.
  • Do include a headshot. Make sure the headshot clearly shows your face.
  • Do include up-to-date contact information including an email address.
  • Do print out a copy of your résumé and bring it to your individual audition.

Sample Résumé

The résumé below is just an example. There’s no need to copy this exactly but feel free to use it to get ideas on how to design your own!

sample theatrical resume