Resume – in the theatre, a one-page document outlining your training and experience in a given area or areas
Portfolio – in the theatre, a collection of materials which demonstrate your expertise in a given area or areas
SUGGESTIONS FOR RESUME PREPARATION
- Use a word processing program to create and refine your resume.
- Put your name and contact information at the top.
- Divide your resume into categories, then list your experience in each category.
Assistant Costume Designer, The Odyssey, Gibson High School
Wardrobe Manager/Dresser, Hello, Dolly!, Lane Community Theatre
Makeup Designer, Narnia, Gibson High School
Makeup Crew, The Fantasticks, Gibson High School
- You may also include a list of special skills, which may be useful in your technical theatre/design future. (For instance, if you have experience in woodworking, creating your own sewing patterns, mixing sound/music, etc. Any experience in visual arts – painting, sculpture, photography, etc. – should be included here.)
SUGGESTIONS FOR PORTFOLIO PREPARATION
- Whenever you work on a production, keep records and take pictures.
- Purchase an appropriate holder for your portfolio. You can buy a traditional portfolio at art supply stores or get a three-ring binder and a set of sheet protectors at an office supply or discount store.
- Prepare an attractive title page with your name and contact information.
- Neatly organize your portfolio by categories in the same order as your resume.
Portfolio Content Examples
- Hand-written documents should be retyped neatly on the computer and printed out.
- Items smaller than one page (photographs, cards, etc.) should be mounted on a full sheet of paper.
- Letters or cards of thanks or congratulations for your work
- Coverage of your work in newspapers, newsletters or magazines
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The materials list is huge. Do I have to include ALL that stuff?
Think of your portfolio as a sample book, providing examples of your work. For a design project, use four to five portfolio pages to demonstrate process and product. For big technical assignments, one to two portfolio pages per assignment will do. Smaller technical assignments may simply be listed on your resume.
I don’t have most of the stuff on this materials list. My portfolio will be small and pathetic.
Gather as much evidence as you can. Check with your teachers/directors and others who worked on the show to see if they have materials to loan, copy or give to you. Find out if parents, friends or classmates took pictures. If costumes or props are in storage, dig them out and take pictures. Reconstruct lists, plots or cue sheets if you need to.
Should I include original documents in my portfolio?
While original documents are lovely, there is always the danger of your portfolio being lost in the mail or damaged in some way. We recommend that you use high-quality copies rather than original work whenever possible.
I live far away from Lamoni, Iowa. Can I mail you my resume and portfolio?
Yes, provided you follow the instructions above.
May I submit an electronic resume and portfolio?
Absolutely. Send it by email, on a CD, or post it on the internet and inform us of the URL.
If I receive a Theatre Production Scholarship, where does the money go?
Theatre Production Scholarship funds are applied to the cost of your tuition. For example, a grant of $1000 would be distributed fall semester ($500) and spring semester ($500).
If I receive a Theatre Production Scholarship, what do I do next?
- enroll in THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies
- attend a theatre orientation meeting at the beginning of the semester
- participate in at least one theatre production per semester
- maintain a 2.8 GPA
More specific information will be provided in a scholarship confirmation letter from Student Financial Aid.
Once I have received a Theatre Production Scholarship, can I lose it?
If you fail to complete the scholarship requirements for any semester that scholarship funds are given, your scholarship may be revoked.