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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Resume: How to list membership companies

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This question was posted on a popular actors forum, and I posted an answer there that I wanted to repost here:

“I was recently accepted as a member of a theatre company. I was wondering if you have a consensus answer for where this information belongs on my resume.”

First off, congratulations- this is fantastic news!

I agree with the other post-ers, you normally would only list a theater company if you have been cast in one of their productions (and you performed.) But if you feel strongly about including the information on your resume, I would list it at the bottom of your resume as, "Member of the **** Theater Company, 2009- Present." (or you can list the number of years rather than the year date.) Don't put it in your Experience section until you have an actual credit.

One other thing to mention. If this theater company is designed to give you a showcase in exchange for paying dues, this showcase should NOT be put in your Experience section. Full length plays or one acts that are a part of a theater festival are fine, showcases for schools or membership companies are not. Again, if you feel strongly about having this on your resume,I’d recommend putting it in a separate section altogether.

Whatever the context, I am thrilled that you are getting yourself out there. Way to go!

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out

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Kate @ Manhattan Actress said...

I'm a member of the NJ Rep Company and since I just recently joined, I don't have any credits there yet, but I wanted to include it on my resume. I made my "education" section into "education and companies" so as to accomodate this because I felt that the company membership was teaching me things even without being in a production, much the way a class might. I don't know if this was the "right" way to do it, but it was the best I could come up with!

Erin Cronican said...

I think that's a great adjustment. And... congrats on your membership! =)

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