theatre

Resume Tips or Strategies:

List of skills from University of Toronto developed by Theatre & Drama majors:

  • Public Speaking ability
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Create powerful images with sight, sound, motion & words (nonverbal communication)
  • Decision making
  • Demonstrate creativity and artistic expression
  • Work with deadlines
  • Work independently
  • Work in teams/small groups
  • Business management skills
  • Time management

Different skills from Georgetown University to use for a resume:

  • Creative Expression:
    • Appreciation of aesthetics, Taking risks, Attention to detail, Presentation skills, Seeking diverse perspectives, Interpretation of writings through acting, directing, and design
  • Human Relations:
    • Cultural awareness, Empathy, Listening intently, Communicating with others, Assuming multiple roles, Group artistic collaboration
  • Self-Development:
    • Self-exploration, Self-knowledge, Personal creativity, Flexibility and openness to new ideas, Imagination.

Career Resources for Theater Arts Majors:

Theater Arts Graduate Programs:

  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
    • The M.F.A. is the terminal degree in many areas of theatre. The most common areas of study are: acting, directing, drama and theatre for youth, playwriting, theatre technology, theatrical design, and theatre management. Completion of the M.F.A. degree typically requires a thesis. The typical time of completion is 2-3 years.
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Often referred to as a research degree and provides students with a strong background in theatre history, dramatic literature, and theory and criticism. Students also explore creative areas of special interest including dramaturgy, playwriting, design, and directing. Completion of the M.A. degree typically requires a thesis. The typical time of completion is 2-3 years.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.)
    • The primary credential for college level teaching is The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), although one can teach with a master’s degree in some areas of theatre. The Ph.D. typically involves both course work and a major research project. It usually takes four to six years of fulltime study. The traditional career for recipients of the doctorate degree is college teaching and research, however, can lead to a wide variety of career options as well.

Salary and job outlook information

Position Degree 2014 Median Pay Percent Growth 2014-2024
Art Directors Bachelor’s $85,610 per year 2%
Actor’s Some College, Bachelor’s Data not available 10%
Dancers and Choreographers Training Requirements Vary, Bachelor’s Data not available 5%
Producers and Directors Bachelor’s $69,100 per year 9%

  • Make sure you have prepared a portfolio including any written works, audition tapes, etc. that showcase you as a performer. See portfolio resources guide for more info.
  • Auditioning tips
    • Be prepared to talk about yourself and your career in a concise, articulate manner at all times.
    • Educate yourself about the show for which you are auditioning and research the professionals (director, producer, casting agent, choreographer, etc.) involved.
    • Choose audition material that displays your talent and is appropriate for the character or show and make sure your audition material is well-prepared.
    • The material in your audition book should be neat and easy to read by the accompanist. Protect your material with non-reflective plastic sleeves.
    • Bring extra headshots and resumes.
    • Research the location prior to the date of your audition. If possible, execute a trial travel run for timing and distance.
    • Pick out your clothing the evening before and make sure everything is clean, ironed and ready to wear.
    • Never be a no-show or arrive late.
    • Go in with a strong ego and a positive, upbeat, friendly attitude. Smile. Be nice and polite to everyone from beginning to end. Show respect and gratitude to the accompanist.
    • Make sure that your music is clearly marked, and know the correct music terms.
    • Know that your audition is not about showing the money note. If they like you, they will have you vocalize.  Choose a song that best shows you off as a performer.
    • Thank the audition panel before you leave the room.
    • An audition is not over until you get home and close the door behind you. You never know who could be around you.  Keep thoughts and comments about the audition exclusive to people you can trust.
    • Send a note of thanks to the casting director.

  • This is an article on auditioning tips for actors
  • This is an article on auditioning tips for dancers
  • For auditions, be very familiar with the play, script, etc. and character(s) and be prepared to answer question on or about whatever part you are auditioning for
  • Be prepared to discuss any productions, experiences, internships you have been a part relevant to theatre
  • Some mock interview questions from Miami University
    • Which are your favorite plays or playwrights and why?
    • Describe a professional performance you’ve seen recently and tell me what you liked about it.
    • What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in Theatre?
    • What is your training and background in theatrical works?
    • What have you found to be the biggest challenges and opportunities in the theatre?
    • Please describe your knowledge of, and experience with, components of theatre productions and operations.
    • How do you feel when you perform?

  • Participate in acting workshops, courses, and seminars to get advice and experience and to make contacts with others in the field
  • Have headshots taken professionally and include those with your resume for auditions
  • Be aware of scams. Check out the legitimacy of agencies and companies before paying any fees.

From Duquesne University

  • For auditions and similar opportunities, prepare a portfolio of photos, acting history, reviews, special skills and qualifications
  • Consider as many employment sources as possible including from live theatre such as Broadway and off-Broadway, regional and summer stock theatre, radio, TV, film and commercials
  • Gain experience in auditioning

From Kansas University:

  • Identify specific areas of interest within theatre and seek out courses and experiences to help you explore these interests further
  • Develop your theatrical skill set by working directly with theatrical productions as either a performer or crew member or both
  • Attend local/regional theatrical productions to further your knowledge and appreciation for the performing arts

  • University of Connecticut:
    • M.A., M.F.A. in Dramatic Arts
      • Acting
      • Design
      • Puppetry
      • Technical Direction
  • Yale University:
    • M.F.A.
      • Acting
      • Design
      • Sound Design
      • Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism
      • Directing
      • Playwriting
      • Stage Management
      • Technical Design and Production
      • Theater Management.
    • D.F.A.
  • Columbia University:
    • M.F.A.
      • Acting
      • Directing
      • Dramaturgy
      • Playwriting
      • Stage Management
      • Theatre Management & Producing
    • PhD.
      • Theatre Literature
      • Theatre Theory
      • Theatre History
  • Boston University:
    • M.F.A.
      • Theatre Education
      • Playwriting
      • Production
      • Directing
      • Design
      • Production Management
  • New York University:
    • M.F.A.
      • Design Costume, Lighting, Scene, and Sound
      • Directing
      • Playwriting
      • Production Costume and Technical
      • Production Management
      • Theatre Education
  • Indiana University:
    • M.A.
      • Theatre History
      • Theatre Literature
      • Theatre Theory
    • M.F.A.
      • Acting
      • Directing
      • Scenic Design
      • Theatre Technology
      • Playwriting
      • Lighting Design, & Costume Design
    • PhD.
      • Theatre History
      • Theatre Literature
      • Theatre Theory
  • Ohio University:
    • M.A. in General Theater
    • M.F.A.
      • Professional Acting Program
      • Professional Directing Program
      • Professional Design and Technology Program
      • Professional Playwriting Program
    • PhD. Scholar/Artist Track