Cast Biographies

Biography Guidelines

We've created an online form for cast members to submit their biographies for use in promotional materials and the play bill. The following are guidelines that MUST be followed when submitting your biography in the online form.

Guidelines

Always compose your biography as if someone else was talking about you.  It should never contain the words "I"  or "me".  Instead, use the pronouns "he" or "she" as is appropriate.

After the opening sentence, use a pronoun ("he" or "she") to refer to yourself.  Avoid repeating your first name.
Use proper grammar and punctuation, and be sure to spell correctly.

Keep your completed biography under 600 CHARACTERS (not words), including spaces. The online form will not allow any characters over the 600 limit.

We suggest that you write your biography in Word and perform a spelling and grammar check, then do a CHARACTER count to assure that you do not exceed the maximum.  You can then copy/paste it into the online form.


Composition

You biography MUST be composed of full, proper sentences and listed in the following order:

1. List your name or alias EXACTLY the way you want it listed in the playbill, followed by your role(s) in parenthesis.
EXAMPLE: Frank Nelson (Conductor, Ensemble)

2. Short Opening Sentence Including Your First Name
Tell us why you auditioned or why you are excited about contributing to this production.
EXAMPLE: Frank is excited to be performing at the Memorial Opera House for the first time.

3. Recent Or Favorite Productions in which you have participated in the past. 
You can list a MAXIMUM of three productions. Please cite the production followed by the role(s) you played in parenthesis. Please be sure to do your research and list the full, correct title of the productions you are in and the names of roles you played. Don't use abbreviations.
EXAMPLE: He has most recently performed in Godspell (John the Baptist, Judas), Hello Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder), and A Christmas Story-The Musical (Santa, U/S* The Old Man, Ensemble).
(* U/S precedes precedes roles as understudy)

4. Include some personal information about yourself.
EXAMPLE: When not at a rehearsal, he is a computer consultant, little league coach and father of three.

5. Include a sentence with sentiments of gratitude, or your feelings about the experience.
EXAMPLE: He'd like to thank the director, production team and cast for such a great time putting the show together. He'd also like to thank family and lovely wife, Karen for their support!

Sample Biography

Here is a sample of a well-constructed biography, based on the example above.
Character count, including spaces: 571

Frank Nelson (Conductor, Ensemble)
Frank is excited to be performing at the Memorial Opera House for the first time. He has most recently performed in Godspell (John the Baptist, Judas), Hello Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder), and A Christmas Story-The Musical (Santa, U/S The Old Man, Ensemble). When not at rehearsal he is a computer consultant, little league coach and father of three. He'd like to thank the director, production team and cast for such a great time putting the show together. He'd also like to thank his family and lovely wife, Karen for their support.

Do It In Word First!

Again, we suggest that you write your biography in WORD before you complete the online form. Once your draft is completed, perform a spelling and grammar check, followed by a CHARACTER COUNT to assure that you do not exceed  the maximum. To do a character count in Word, highlight the complete biography (including name and role(s), then click on the "Review" tab, then select "Word Count". A pop up box will open showing the word count, character count (no spaces)  and character count (with spaces). Remember, your bio must be less than 600 characters WITH SPACES.

For your convenience, we have included these tips and guidelines in a downloadable PDF document.  CLICK HERE to download.

Submit The Online Form

Once you have completed your draft biography according to the guidelines above and have checked the draft for spelling, grammar and character count, then you are ready to submit the biography online.  Simple answer a few simple questions, then copy/paste your bio draft into the space indicated.  Remember, the online form will cut off any characters that exceed the 600 character (includes spaces) limit.  After you've completed the form, click submit and your bio will be automatically submitted!

CLICK HERE To Complete Online Form