International Theater Curriculum Vitae Example

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Resumes are a more popular choice than CVs among job seekers in the U.S. But if you’re looking for work in certain fields or outside of the United States, curriculum vitae are more commonly used.

How do CVs differ from resumes? For one thing, they’re typically at least two pages long, or longer. CVs also provide more information than resumes. In addition to your work experience, you should list a more in-depth account of your educational background, including any theses, dissertations or papers, plus awards, honors, grants, scholarships, teaching experience, publications, presentations and speeches, research, and any other achievements.

If you’re preparing a CV for an international position, you’ll also need to include a few things that you typically wouldn’t include in a resume or CV for a job in the U.S. For example, it’s common in international CVs to list personal interests, including hobbies, and citizenship status.

Actors and other theater professionals should consider preparing a curriculum vitae instead of a resume, especially when applying for work outside of the U.S. Keep in mind that performers may want to invert the usual format for curriculum vitae, listing their skills and experience before their education. Casting directors who are reviewing CVs are likely to be most interested in performers’ skills and abilities.

Finally, because TV, film, and theater are visual mediums, performers can break the rules about not including a headshot on the CV. (However, you may also choose to include your headshots separately.)

International Theater Curriculum Vitae

This is an example of an international CV for a theater professional. Download the theater CV template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

Screenshot of a sample CV for international theater
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International Theater Curriculum Vitae (Text Version)

111 Amity Road
Brisbane, QLD 4444


  • Accents & Dialects – American, English, Chinese
  • Dance – Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap
  • Performance  Improvisation, Articulating Clearly, Communicating Through Physical, Non-verbal Expressions
  • Sports – Bicycle Riding, Horseback Riding, Swimming, SCUBA (certified), Skiing/Snowboarding, Ice Skating, Skateboarding, Marathon Running
  • Team Skills – Taking Direction, Working Collaboratively, Providing Constructive Feedback

English, Mandarin, some local dialects


Bachelor of Arts in English Language Studies/Drama Studies

  • Minor in Mandarin Language
  • Graduated summa cum laude



  • Promoted to series regular in TCS 5's drama series "Lifeline."
  • Appeared in feature film, “Candyland,” as Rosemary Lee.
  • Performed in Toy Factory Productions Ltd's "TiTouDao" for one month, held in the New Drama Center, directed by Goh Boon Teck. Role: Swee Lian, Kim Kee, Ah Dui, Narrator, Siew Kin, Dancer.


  • Guest-starred in TCS 5's drama series, "Lifeline."
  • Appeared in feature film, “Hobart,” as Anne Marie (speaking role.)
  • Appeared in feature film, “The Beach House,” as Mrs. Pete (speaking role).
  • Performed in "A Little Night of Drama" at the Inauguration Ceremony for the opening of the New Drama Center, directed by Goh Boon Teck, Toy Factory Productions Ltd.

2014 – 2016
Employed as performing artist in Singapore Armed Forces, Music and Drama Company (SAF MDC), contributing as dancer, actor, anchor host, director, and drama instructor.

  • Supervised all junior artists, developing and leading orientation and various training sessions for dozens of new performers.

2013 – 2014
Majored in Drama Studies at University of Queensland, taking courses in Theater Survey, Performance Concepts, Movement for Actors, Advanced Acting and Scene Study, and more.

  • Co-wrote and performed in award-winning university production about Pauline Hanson's political campaign, “Pauline: One Nation.”
  • Wrote and performed in “Southern Belles,” “Hightown,” and “Last Night at the Party.”
  • Performed in “A Collection of Misfits,” “John’s Birthday,” and “Shakespeare’s Lover: 12 Scenes.”

2012 – 2013
Took courses in Theatre Studies and Drama at Victoria Community College, including Shakespeare Today, Set and Sound, and Community Theater.

  • Assistant stage manager in production under Dramaplus Arts, script by Jonathon Lim and directed by Roger Jenkins.
  • Performed in multiple VCC productions, including Hal Halden’s “Minuet” and “Scenes from the Diner.”
  • Wrote and performed in several scenes for student showcases.


University of Queensland Drama Department Award, 2014 Awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in performance and writing.

Jane Best Award for Outstanding Three-Act Play, 2014 For “Pauline: One Nation.”


Lead Instructor, Queensland Improv, 2014-Present

  • Develop and lead improv program for adult learners, teaching basic and advanced techniques.


  • Citizenship: Australia
  • Interests and Hobbies: Photography, Painting, Design, Tai Chi, Yoga