Included in this resource tab are several examples and templates of theatre résumés for several disciplines: acting, directing, design, and dramaturgy.
In general, résumés should be focused and concise; limit your document to one page that best represents you. It is in your best interest to tailor your document to the needs of your potential employer: showcase relevant experience and omit unnecessary or redundant information. Put your best foot forward! Include productions that you are proudest of.
If you wish to include a headshot with your résumé, there are several ways to do that. You can include a professional full sized print of your headshot; you can also include a smaller version of your headshot in the body of your résumé.
You should always pay close attention to the requirements of the opportunity you are applying to, and modify your résumé accordingly.
You are also welcome to submit a Curriculum Vita to ALTA as part of your single PDF document. A CV is longer than a typical résumé and has more details about your education experience, any awards or research, and a more detailed work history. An example of a CV is available in this post.
Creating a PDF
Unless otherwise directed, it is now conventional to submit electronic résumés in PDF format. PDF is an acronym for Portable Document Format, and is available as a Save As Option in many word processing programs, especially Microsoft Word. If you are using OneNote, the option to export your document to a PDF format is also available.
When you are saving your document in Word, look for the dropdown menu labeled Format and select PDF.
If you are working in OneNote, go into the File menu and select Export. From the Export menu select PDF.
You are welcome to include your headshot in the materials you submit to ALTA, as long as they are in ONE PDF document.
There are several ways to include your headshot with your resume. If your headshot is available in JPEG or PNG format, it is as simple as copying and pasting the image into the document where you can re-size it however you’d like.
If your headshot in a different file format, such as TIFF, it would be easiest to convert your headshot into a smaller file type, such as JPEG or PNG.