How To Prepare a Design/Tech Portfolio

In Advance of the Interview

  • Include a Current resume. Bring six copies to your interview.
  • Portfolio may be in either a physical or digital format. The portfolio should contain 15-20 examples of your work which could include (depending on your area of interest):
    • Drawings, paintings, sculpture, digital art – these do not have to be theatre related.
    • Drafting (scenic or costume)
    • Photography, including photos of items you have designed or created
    • Models, costume pieces, properties or masks
    • If possible, include one project that shows process – research, sketches, finished product
    • Plots, ground plans, elevations, production paperwork
    • Audio/video or other media files
    • Relevant course work such as sewing samplers, design projects, research collages, etc.
  • All items in the portfolio should be clearly labeled. Production work should be labeled with play title, producing organization, date, and your role in the production.

At the Interview

  • Discuss the highlights of the portfolio. It is not necessary to explain each item in detail.
  • State why you are interested in pursuing design/tech and what area or areas you are interested in pursuing.
  • Allow time for the reviewers to ask questions about your work and be prepared to answer said questions.

Questions?

Call or write
Theatre UAB Head of Design and Technology Kimberly Schnormeier
(205-934-8775  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
or
Theatre UAB Department Chair Kelly Allison
(205-934-8776  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.