Headshots & Bios

Hi all,

I know opening night seems far away, but this week you are taking head shots, which will be out in the lobby during the show. Plus, it is time to start working on your bios!

BIOS: Please go to http://merrillartscenter.org/forms/bio-contact-release/ and complete your bio. Bios are due on November 4th.  

Bios should be written in the third person. Don't worry about listing your name or your character name in what you write. Just keep it under 60 words. Here are a couple of example bios if you have never done one before.

Marcie…is excited to be be in the Black Box again in another comedy. She is very comfortable with comedy and enjoys going over the top! She acts as a director for WCT & District 833 and has performed in theaters throughout the Twin Cities, most recently at TRP. Thanks to Lenore & this cast for making this farce full of fun!

Rick…is making his debut at WCT. He has enjoyed performing in a variety of theaters in Minnesota and Iowa over the past 40 years, including Theatre in the Round and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He would like to thank his wife, Lynn, for letting have this opportunity to go out and play.

If you have recently done a show with us (within the last 12 months) and would like to just use the last one you submitted, please let me know. 

HEADSHOTS: A note from our photographer, Joe. If you haven't signed up for a time yet, please do so ASAP!!!!

Hi – My name is Joe Briol, and I’m a Woodbury-based photographer.  I’m very excited to be working with you all on this production of Seussical.  My job as a photographer is to create photos that make you look great and that capture your enthusiasm about this upcoming performance.

One of these photo sessions will include taking head shots. If you’ve never had a head shot taken before, these are pictures of just your head and shoulders.  I will be taking color photos, but I will be turning them into black and white pictures for the performance materials.

To help me get the very best pictures possible (and to make you look as great as possible), here are a few things you can do to help me out.


  • I encourage you to wear something that makes you feel confident and happy.  If you’re comfortable, it will show in your pictures.  

  • Remember, the pictures are of your head and shoulders, so just focus on finding the right top.  

  • Color-wise, it’s helpful if you avoid wearing either bright white or solid black.  Any color in-between should be fine.

  • Patterns or logos in your clothing can be distracting to the eye, so try to wear something solid colored.

  • Jewelry can also be distracting, so I may ask you to remove jewelry items if I think they will affect your pictures.

Hair & Makeup

  • Please come with hair and makeup ready to go, or arrive early to do any last minute touchups.

  • You don’t need heavy makeup for head shots; a simple, fresh look is better.

Arrival Times

  • It will be helpful if you can arrive a few minutes early, so you can take care of any last minute hair/makeup fixes and you can relax before your time in front of the camera.

That’s about it.  I’m really looking forward to working with you.  If you have questions about the photos beforehand, feel free to contact me.