Volunteer Résumé Entry
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 9:40AM
E Lisette Gerald-Yamasaki in Development, Nutcracker, resume, résumé, volunteer

The Nutcracker rehearsal

I recently took a résumé writing workshop (always learning) and, since I was working with Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre on their production of The Nutcracker, I thought it would be interesting to write up my experience in the form of a résumé entry. It comes out like this:


Boys’s Dresser, 2015
Ensured male dancers ages 11–25 and with experience levels from first Nutcracker to professional dancer, were in stage costume, hair, and makeup by cue time. Facilitated quick costume changes. Maintained performance atmosphere in dressing room.

Mother Ginger, 2013, 2014
Performed role of Mother Ginger on stage in all five performances. Worked with approx. 10 children in two casts. Researched drag queen makeup, and worked with MAC makeup artist to learn how to apply. Documented performance kit and makeup application.

Party Mom, 2010, 2011, 2012
Performed role of Party Parent on stage in all five performances. Researched Victorian era hair style and jewelry. Worked with MAC makeup artist to learn appropriate stage makeup application. Researched character acting. Documented performance kit, putting up hair, and applying makeup.

Cuer, 2009
Ensured performers in wings on both sides of stage in costume, hair, & makeup to specifications, in time to go on stage on cue and unflustered, over course of 2.5-hr performance. Created job aid documenting who should be where and when (with approximate music time signatures), and what to check on the costumes. Job aid later presented to SCBT Board of Directors.Nutcracker cuing job aid

Girls’s Dresser, 2008
Ensured dancers ages nine–13 in stage costume, hair, & makeup before cue time. Researched best tools to create period-accurate ringlets. Created costume checklist.

It’s a fun exercise. (Imagine what a dancer's entry would look like!) Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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