Theater Resume Examples of 2022

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for theater actors was $51,600 in 2020. This industry is projected to experience a 33% growth over the next 10 years, much higher than average. Unlike other occupations, think of your resume as an extension of your acting portfolio. You want to provide insights into the roles you’ve played and your accolades to attract attention for potential auditions. Below, you’ll find three resume examples to help you advance your theater career.

Downloadable Resume Examples

Example #1
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Example #2
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Example #2

Example #3
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Example #3

Theater Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Example #1 Example #1
  • Example #2 #2
  • Example #3 #3

Aliya Dimarco
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Philadelphia, PA 12345

Profile

An accomplished actress with seven years of professional experience in theater and television. A proven track record of achieving award nominations for performances in musicals and Shakespeare productions. Expertise in delivering innovative portrayals of characters with unique emotions and presence.

Physical Attributes

  • 5’8” Height
  • 135 Pounds
  • Green Eyes
  • Brown Hair
  • Soprano

Theater Experience

Les Miserables
Fantine
Philadelphia Theater Company
Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
Philadelphia Theater Company
Phantom of the Opera
Christine
Philadelphia Theater Company
Fiddler on the Roof
Golde
Media Theater
The Sound of Music
Maria von Trapp
Media Theater
Chicago
Velma Kelly
Hedgerow Theater
Romeo and Juliet
Juliet
Hedgerow Theater

Television Experience

Law and Order SVU
Forensic Expert
NBC Productions
Sweet Tooth
Nurse
Netflix Productions
The Good Doctor
Patient
NBC Productions

Awards

  • Nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Fantine, Tony Awards
  • Nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress, Velma Kelly, Tony Awards

Associations

  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Member, 2014 – Present

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Theater
University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA September 2010 – May 2014

Key Skills

  • Singing
  • Acting
  • Dancing
  • Team Collaboration
  • Leadership

Sarah Geller
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, New York, NY 12345

Profile

A dynamic actress with eight years of experience delivering award-worthy performances in a wide variety of Broadway productions. Expertise in utilizing a method acting approach to adopt authentic character personas. Achieved recognition for leading roles in the Wizard of Oz, Moulin Rouge! and Rent.

Physical Attributes

  • 5’7” Height
  • 129 Pounds
  • Hazel Eyes
  • Brunette Hair
  • Soprano

Theater Experience

Rent
Maureen
Lyric Theater
West Side Story
Graziella
Winter Garden Theater
Wizard of Oz
Dorothy
Gershwin Theater
Moulin Rouge!
Satine
Gershwin Theater
Sweeney Todd
Mrs. Lovett
New Amsterdam Theater
Grease
Sandy
Winter Garden Theater

Television Experience

You
Librarian
Netflix Productions
The Good Place
Flight Attendant
NBC Productions
This is Us
Nurse
NBC Productions

Awards

  • Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Satine, Tony Awards
  • Nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress, Maureen, Tony Awards

Associations

  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Member, 2013 – Present

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Theater
Columbia University, New York, NY September 2009 – May 2013

Key Skills

  • Soprano Vocal Range
  • Singing
  • Method Acting
  • Dancing
  • Acrobatics

Raheem Sinclaire 
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, New York, NY 12345

Profile

An award-winning theater actor with ten years of experience in film, musical theater, and television. Achieved recognition for a featured role in the Broadway production of Hamilton. An active member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Actors’ Equity Association.

Physical Attributes

  • 5’11” Height
  • 175 Pounds
  • Blue Eyes
  • Brown Hair
  • Tenor

Theater Experience

Hamilton
Aaron Burr
Gershwin Theater
Jesus Christ Superstar
Judas
Lyric Theater
Les Miserables
Javert
New Amsterdam Theater
Rent
Tom Collins
Gershwin Theater
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
Winter Garden Theater
The Lion King
Scar
Lyric Theater
Hamlet
Laertes
New Amsterdam Theater

Film & Television Experience

True Detective
Police Officer
HBO Productions
Marvel’s Daredevil
Bartender
Netflix Productions
Julius Caesar Film
Brutus
Independent Film

Awards

  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor, Aaron Burr, Tony Awards
  • Nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor, Javert, Tony Awards

Associations

  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Member, 2012 – Present
  • Actors’ Equity Association, Member, 2011 – Present

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Theater
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY September 2007 – May 2011

Key Skills

  • Tenor Vocal Range
  • Method Acting
  • Meisner Technique
  • Dancing
  • Team Collaboration

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Theater Resumes

Theater resumes are different from other industries in that production companies rarely use Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) to identify candidates for auditions. In most cases, your portfolio will be reviewed by the director or production studio to evaluate your experience and performances. Although ATS systems won’t screen you, you’ll still want to include key skills from job postings to showcase your qualifications and areas of expertise for the director. Below, you’ll find a list of key skills you may encounter as you pursue auditions.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Acting Alto
Baritone Body Language
Character Acting Contralto
Countertenor Dancing
Drama Facial Expressions
Method Acting Mezzo-Soprano
Musical Acting Musical Theater
Singing Soprano
Tap Dancing Team Collaboration
Tenor Leadership

Tips for Writing a Better Theater Resume

Create an eye-catching professional profile

You want to build a strong opening summary to grab the director’s attention. Focus on including your specific areas of acting expertise and provide some examples for your most prominent roles. If you were nominated for an award, be sure to mention it in this section. You have a limited amount of time to make an impression on the reader. Including generic details won’t help you to stand out from the competition. Below your profile, you should provide some key physical attributes and your vocal range.

Example #1

Good


An accomplished actor with multiple Tony Award nominations for leading roles in musical theater productions. Achieved critical acclaim for performance as Roger in the Philadelphia Theater Production of Rent. An expert in using body language and facial expressions to bring characters to life on stage.

Bad


A successful actor who’s had leading roles in a variety of major performances. Looking for a leading role in your production. A hard worker who excels in character acting.

Example #2

Good


An award winning actress with a strong background in Shakespeare productions. Achieved positive critical reception for an emotionally charged performance as Lady Macbeth at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.

Bad


Professional actress looking to be hired by your theater production company. Only looking for leading roles in the play. Past performances received high praise from critics.

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Although your resume won’t need to pass an ATS scan before reaching the director’s desk, you’ll still want to tailor your document towards the casting call to maximize your chances of receiving an audition. For example, if you’re pursuing a role in a drama, you should highlight your previous experience playing characters in this type of production. If the casting call asks for a specific vocal range or acting style, you should make a point to showcase that you meet their criteria. Below, you’ll find an example to help you align your resume with the job description.

Theater Resume Job Description Example


XYZ, Productions is a leading musical theater company named one of the best places to work in New York. Put your acting skills to the test in our upcoming production of Rent. We’re seeking a tenor with experience in drama and satire to join our cast. We value actors who excel in team collaboration and leadership to achieve the highest quality performances.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of fine arts degree in theater preferred
  • 6-7 years of musical theater experience
  • Strong character acting, dancing, and singing skills
  • Expertise in facial expressions and body language

According to the job description, the ideal job applicant should have the following qualities and/or experience:

  • Acting
  • Drama
  • Satire
  • Musical Theater
  • Theater
  • Character Acting
  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Facial Expressions
  • Body Language
  • Tenor

Next, take what you highlighted from the job description and include your experience and skills that match. Below is an example of how to incorporate them in your resume to your advantage:

Theater Resume Work Experience Example


Profile

 

An accomplished actor with a tenor vocal range and expertise in character acting. Achieved recognition for performances in Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables. Expertise in delivering emotional characterizations in both drama and satire.

Theater Experience

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus

New Amsterdam Theater

Les Miserables

Jean Valjean

Gershwin Theater

 

Key Skills

  • Singing
  • Facial Expressions
  • Body Language
  • Acting
  • Musical Theater
  • Dancing