Writing Your Own Theatre Biography
- Remember the biography has to be written in third person (Make it sound like somebody else is writing about you).
- Start with your name. Give details about where you were born, and school(s) you have or are attending.
- Indicate your theater experiences. If you attended any acting schools, state what plays you have been in and what your role(s) were. If you perform in any way (play a musical instrument, singing, dancing etc), you may also want to mention this.
- Write your thank yous. Normally you would thank your family, any mentors you have, the director, and anyone else you want to thank for their guidance.
- You don’t have to talk about all of the theater experiences that you have had. Write about the more popular ones that people might have seen or more recent ones, (so you don’t have to talk about a part where you were a flower and dancing when you were five, if your now 15).
- Thank the director for all the time he/she has invested, because really without him/her you would never be in this performance.
- Keep it short and interesting. Don’t write something really long and boring, since no one will want to read it.
- Make it look and sound professional. Be frank, and not too full of yourself.
- Don’t write something really long, because it might sound like you are bragging. Don’t be a braggart!
- It might take sometime out of your day to write this so give your self some time to do it well.
Sample Young Actor Bio
James Jones, who plays the role of Michael, is extremely proud to be joining the summer touring cast of Mary Poppins. James lives in Monticello with his family and attends the Waterston School for the Performing Arts. He is in the fourth grade, and his favorite subjects are English and Social Studies. James first appeared on Broadway at the age of six as Chip in Beauty and the Beast. He is best-known for playing Gavroche in Les Misérables, during the show’s final season on Broadway. James also enjoys playing soccer and has recently begun learning to play the violin. James would like to thank his mom, dad, and his sister Sally for their love and support. He also thanks director Peter Parker for allowing him to enjoy this valuable experience. James dedicates his performances this season to the memory of his late grandmother, Sarah Jones, a former dance teacher who first instilled in him a love of performing.
Sample High School Actor Bio
Kelly Smith is excited to be performing in her first leading role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. A sophomore at Cincinnati’s School for the Performing Arts, she has appeared in the choruses of Oklahoma and The Music Man, in which she was an understudy for the role of Amaryllis. Kelly will spend this summer touring Europe with an acting troupe. Upon graduation, Kelly hopes to attend NYU so that she can audition for Broadway roles. She is accomplished pianist and also enjoys travel. Kelly thanks her parents for always letting her pursue her dreams. She is also profoundly grateful for director Martin Anderson and his faith in her. Kelly is actively involved with Broadway Gives Back, an organization that aids with recovery efforts for areas devastated by natural disasters.