Bio Guidelines for Show Program (please read everything carefully)
All bios should be 120 words or less.
The tone of all bios should be professional.
All bios must be written in third person.
Bios should begin with your name, followed by character name or crew assignment (in parentheses).
Special thanks (to family, spouses, God, etc.) or “shout-outs” are permitted, but should be limited to the final sentence of the bio.
Please include only one space between sentences.
All bios subject to editing for grammar, length and content.
When referencing a theater credit, please use the following format: name of role in name of show(name of theater).
EXAMPLE: Some of his favorite roles include Issachar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3-D Theatricals), Baker in Into the Woods (Worldwide Theatricals), and Ziggy in Young Frankenstein (Performance Riverside).
Try to avoid nicknames of theaters that are familiar only to theatre people; instead, use the full name of any theatre company you mention (e.g., “GA Shakes” should instead be written out as “Georgia Shakespeare;” instead of “the Alliance,” use “Alliance Theatre”).
University names should be written out completely and initials can be used thereafter for each mention (e.g., “University of Southern Mississippi” would be the first mention, and subsequent mentions could be “USM” or “Southern Miss;” “Emory University would be the first mention and for subsequent mentions “Emory” would suffice).
Please follow example below for specific formatting:
EXAMPLE: Cara Mantella (Jackie) is delighted to be making her Center Stage debut! Recent theatre credits include Eliza in My Fair Lady (Candlelight Pavilion), Sarah in Guys & Dolls (Theatre in the Square), Buttons in Lying in State (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), and Mina in Dracula (Aurora Theatre). She received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and lived in Chicago and New York before moving to Southern California in the fall of 2015. Next up, Cara will be performing in A Man for all Seasons at Theatre in the Square.
Please note: You do not need to start your bio with "So-and-so is delighted to be making her Center Stage debut..." or anything even remotely like that. This is just an example. You are welcome to come up with something much more creative, as long as it is sounds professional. ;-)