View Full Version : I had to write an acting bio for myself...

02-09-2007, 07:26 AM
The director of a independent film project I worked on told me to write a bio for myself to include in the press kit. The thing is, however, I wasn't allowed to mention that I was a student--apparently, it would hurt the film's credibility. I've been a student for 16 years now, everything I've done has been in some way related to being a student. So here's the end result, what do you think?

Mike Rudden is an amateur theatre actor based in Marquette, MI. Born and raised in Escanaba, MI, he got his start on stage in high school productions of the Broadway musicals Once Upon a Mattress and Babes in
Arms, as well as the David Ives one-act Arabian Nights, which earned first
place in the MIFA district festival. Upon graduating with a Performing
Arts letter for acting and chorale work, Rudden continued to act in the
Escanaba community, earning rave reviews for his leading roles in the
Broadway musicals You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Blood Brothers. He
also honed his comedic abilities with A.R. Gurney's classic The Dining
Room, for which he received the Jack Romstad Performing Arts Scholarship.

Upon relocating to Marquette, Rudden continued developing his abilities on
stage and strove to reach new heights. On the stage of the prestigious
Forest Roberts Theatre, he has been featured in, among others, Arthur
Miller's All My Sons, Maltby and Shire's musical review Closer Than Ever,
and the leading role in William Hoffman's As Is, for which he was awarded
a FRT Talent Scholarship. He was involved in the workshop and staged
reading to develop the new play Tell-Tale by Rebecca Gorman, about Edgar
Allan Poe--he also performed in the full production some months later. He
will next be seen as Gooper in Tenneesse Williams' classic Cat on a Hot
Tin Roof.

In addition to his work at Forest Roberts Theatre, Rudden has also
dedicated himself to performing in smaller, more experimental venues. In
the Black Box Theatre, he has been seen as Algernon Moncrieff in Oscar
Wilde's classic The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as in the one-act
plays Hot Line by Elaine May, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, and
Icarus's Mother and Cowboy Mouth, both by Sam Shepard. In the Black Box,
he was also able to reprise his role of Charlie Brown in the original
production's sequel, Snoopy the Musical!!!.

Rudden has also been quite active behind the scenes of Marquette theatre,
working on dozens of productions in various technical theatre
roles--director, stage manager, carpenter, electrician, painter, props
master, stage crew and box office, among others.

Rudden delved into the world of professional theatre, serving as assistant
master carpenter, properties designer and actor for Lake Superior Theatre's 2006 summer season. For the company, he was seen as Marcus Lycus in the Broadway musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and
as Karl Stossel in The Christmas Schooner. Rudden also recently competed
in the regional SETC festival in Kentucky.

Alex Hansen's With Nothing Left marks Rudden's first foray into film
acting, though hopefully not his last. In the future, Rudden plans to
continue working, both on and backstage, at the Forest Roberts Theatre and
Black Box Theatre. In the upcoming summer, he will again act for the Lake
Superior Theatre company, as well as audition for roles in Negaunee, MI's
historic Vista Theatre.

And the film's poster...


02-09-2007, 08:18 AM
I would change "Mike Rudden is an amateur theatre actor based in Marquette, MI. " to Mike Rudden is an up and coming theatre actor based in Marquette, MI.

Having "amateur" in the first sentence right away gives the impression of you being, well, amateur. Nothing wrong with that, but don't think it's the intention here.

The Roman Candle
02-09-2007, 08:20 AM
Oh shit! I didn't know you were from THAT part of Michigan. :lol:

Jef UK
02-09-2007, 08:34 AM
I think you should shorten it to one paragraph. No one will ever read all of that.

02-09-2007, 01:12 PM
I think you should shorten it to one paragraph. No one will ever read all of that.

Director wants it long. Don't know why.