Let’s talk about performing on stage

One of the first things many casting directors look at on your resume is “THEATRE”! This is where you really learn the art of acting and the incredibly important art of listening!

In the theatre, you only get one take! So when we see various plays in which you have appeared, it says that someone out there thought you could act or would not have cast you in their project.

Plays, regardless of the venue, are extremely valuable assets to you. A play is a play is a play regardless of where it is performed. Young actors have the opportunity to appear in plays through their drama class or drama club at their schools. Plays are presented in various venues other than “legitimate” theatres. Think about elementary school plays, middle school or high school; colleges offer amazing outlets for plays as do churches, synagogues, community centers and rental halls!

This is a very demanding art form because of time; time to committing the dialogue to memory, table reads, rehearsals, fittings, dress rehearsals, choreography, music lyrics and then of course, all the actual performances!

Several years ago several young child actors I knew very well, were cast in “The Sound of Music” being presented at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. It was incredibly difficult for them because of the performances that would last until about 10 o’clock in the evenings, on school nights! The major commitment was, of course, on their parents who had to sit patiently backstage while the children performed. Then homework was squeezed in whenever possible. So, it takes a very disciplined and dedicated person, whether performer or parent! And a casting director will definitely take note!

I strongly encourage you to watch for theatrical auditions available and get yourself booked in a play! It will be a very rewarding, but challenging, opportunity! And it offers instant gratification.

If you have a long list of appearances that will overcrowd your resume, I suggest you pick 4 or 5 of the most well-known plays for listing individually. Next to the word “Theatre” on your resume, you may add a number. So, basically it would look like this:

THEATRE (27 Plays):

And then the list of the ones you’ve selected to highlight. Also, on the resume you should name the play, name the character you portrayed and then the venue. For example:


Be sure and invite, as your guests, your agent to a performance as well as the local casting directors. We all would love an opportunity to see your work, together with that of the rest of the cast.

Break a leg!

Thanks to all of you who have been kind enough to write about the monthly column. And, as always, thanks to Dan Eggleston for his approval in doing this and posting it to his various sites.

Let me know if you have any specific questions you’d like answered.

And remember, I am expressing my opinion only, not that of any other CD. Also, always keep in mind, that your agent has the final word on everything pertaining to your career, so listen to him/her!


Hope to see you at the Network Austin Mixer on the 11th! Our panel this month features our second group of Talent Agency Owners/Agents. Scheduled to appear are Jason Lee, Acclaim Talent, Erin Franklin, Agence Talent, Heather Collier, Collier Talent, Linda Alvarez, Condra/Artista Talent and Romie Szal, K Hall Talent and, possibly, one more last-minute addition! Non-represented talent are encouraged to bring 7 headshots/ resumes to be given to the agents. Be sure and visit www.networkaustinmixer.com for additional information.

Donise L. Hardy, CSA
© February 1, 2015

Posted by: Donise Hardy on February 2, 2015 @ 5:58 pm
Filed under: For What It's Worth

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