How to Write a Music Theater Resume


Making it in theater, especially music theater, is as tough as anything in the world. The producers and directors you audition for must be impressed with your resume as well as your audition. You'll need to make that resume stand out, but in the right way.

  • Keep your resume short and simple. It should not be longer than two pages and should be confined to one if possible. Use a simple, easy to read font and avoid using special colors (this is true of any resume).

  • List your theater credits ahead of anything else, especially your film credits. Directors and producers like people who list theater as a higher priority, as they fear losing talent to film and television.

  • Place musical theater credits ahead of any other performances. Since musical theater is much more complex than other theater, using songs and precise blocking, people will pay attention to musical experience.

  • Put an emphasis on major productions, no matter how small your role was. This includes well-known plays like Shakespeare's and Stephen Sondheim's, as well as performances in major cities like New York.

  • Try to list everything in chronological order (following all the above recommendations). The directors and producers will definitely be interested in what you have performed in most recently.

  • State your credits in this format: the name of the show, name of your character, production company, director and year/dates of performance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mention your training after your experience, followed by any other activities that you feel boost your qualifications.
  • Listing any prominent personalities that directed or performed with you in any production can't hurt.

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