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18 Types Of Theatre Kids: Which One Are You?

Every theatre department is unique in its own way, but there seem to be the same type of people in each group. Here is a list of the 18 personalities that comprise pretty much every theatre department.

1. The Annoying Talent

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The Annoying Talent is very talented… there’s no doubt, but you kind of hate them for it. Everything comes naturally to them and it seems like they don’t have to work as hard as everybody else. They can do no wrong.

2. The Tech Guru

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The Tech Guru can do anything… seriously. We’re not certain when they had time to learn all the stuff they know. If you turn your back for one second, they have the set built. Let’s be honest, the theater belongs to them.

3. The Hidden Talent

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The Hidden Talent is the quiet person at the back of room who never says anything until they perform… and when they perform… everyone’s jaw drops. Where did that come from? Then they’re back to their shy ways.

4. The Athlete

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The Athlete thought it would always be fun to try acting. They’re not bad either! By the end of the show they’ll say, “I wish I would have done theatre sooner.” It’s always fun having half the football team in the audience because you cast the wide receiver.

5. The Drama (AKA The Gossip)

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The Drama is the reason we call it the “Drama Department.” When they’re not spreading rumors on Twitter and Facebook… you might hear common phrases like “She said,” “He said,” and “Let them say it to my face.”

6. The Optimist

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The Optimist always has a smile… it’s slightly alarming, but refreshing at the same time. You’re not sure how they’re able to generate a smile as often as they do, but you love it!

7. The Singer

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The Singer knows they can sing… and they let everyone else know it. Yes, we know you know every song in Hamilton. And no, we don’t want to hear it for the eighth time today.

8. The Hugger

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The Hugger loves EVERYONE! They will give you hug. You can’t say no… you can’t escape the hug.

9. The Overachiever

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The Overachiever does everything in theatre. If ever you can’t find them… check the theatre. You often hear them joking that they should just sleep at the school… because they’re always there. The department wouldn’t function without them!

 
 

10. The Boss

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The Boss gets work done! These people are usually attracted to student leadership jobs like stage manager, student director, and crew chief. Their favorite thing in life is bossing people around… and they’re good at it.

11. The Mom

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The Mom is everyone’s best friend. They always take care of everyone and wipe our tears when we cry.

12. The Absent

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The Absent is the person who you know is in the show, but you don’t usually see them until show night. They give a whole new meaning to “Empty chairs at empty tables.” They always seem to have other commitments… allegedly.

13. The Fan

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The Fan is everyone’s biggest fan! They attend every show and always tell you how great of a job you did. They aspire to be just like you!

14. The Critic

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The Critic cannot be pleased. No one is ever good enough for their taste. They always have an opinion (welcomed or unwelcomed).

15. The Awkward

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The Awkward is exactly what you think. Every theatre department has that one awkward kid who is too awkward to be in a show… until you finally see them in a perfect role and then you must see them in every show! There is something mesmerizing about all that awkward!

16. The Misunderstood

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The Misunderstood is very misunderstood. They prove how misunderstood they are by wearing elaborate makeup and clothing that you’re pretty certain they stole from the costume closet.

17. The Guitar Player

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The Guitar Player has a guitar. The guitar player has hair that dramatically falls into their eyes. The Guitar Player has a small following of underclassmen who have never heard such genuine and honest music.

18. The Jokester

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The Jokester is hilarious. They always make you laugh… even when you probably shouldn’t be laughing. They’re a child at heart and probably will be for the rest of their life.

18 different personalities, but we need all of them to make our departments so memorable. Which type are you? Which type are your friends? Maybe you’re a dangerous combination!

Did we miss a personality? Comment below and let us know some of the “characters” in your theatre department!

(Cover: Special thanks to Brenna McCulloch of Corvallis High School for letting us use this great photo)

Written by Eric Eidson

Eric is a playwright, director, actor, and theatre educator from Aurora, CO. He received his BA in Acting and Theatre Education, and is currently an MFA candidate at the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University. (Hi Mom!)

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  1. There’s the Jealous Chorus Member… The one who doesn’t normally work as hard as the rest of them, but still thinks they deserve a lead role so are insanely jealous of the ones who get the lead roles, and will passively aggressively post on social media about it.

  2. You forgot the Wannabe Talent. The person who thinks they’re great at everything, but actually can’t do anything. The only reason they’re in the show is because the director is too nice. They feel as though they deserve a lead role and gossip about the ones who get the leads. They’re really egotistical and are completely fake towards their other cast members.

  3. The Perfectionist
    The one often found offstage somewhere repeating and perfecting lines and lyrics and beating themselves up in the process. “Can we run that again?” Is their most heard comment. They have been known to give the director a run for their money when it comes to the details. Not to be confused with The Critic, The Perfectionist is unaffected by anyone’s else shortcomings but their own. Caution – if The Critic is within 5 feet of The Perfectionist there may be a new scene not written in the show with tears and screaming… Perfect fodder for The Drama.

      • No, the Overachiever is the one who helps with costumes, runs lines with others, painted the sets, designed the playbill, cleaned the dressing rooms, all while performing as the lead. The perfectionist is just worried about his or her own performance

    • Apparently some directors and crew members are Perfectionists too.The music director for the show I’m currently in will not stop running through songs that we seem to have down just fine.

  4. Triple E, you forgot the Pessimist. The one who knows has some sort of talent, but doesn’t actually believe they do until after they’re vast in a show, but still doesn’t think they’re good enough to be there.

  5. Also the Queen of the Web (guy or girl) who knows everything about everyone. Not to be confused with the Drama, they do not spread rumours or gossip, but they know everything about the department going years back – a very useful person for publicity but also GREAT for finding out small snippets about people you’ve probably never met. Looks sweet enough that you tell them everything and ends up with the full tapestry of everyone’s lives.

  6. I’m definitely The Hidden Talent.

    But you’ve forgotten The “Why-Are-We-Doing-This-2-More-Times-When-I’m-The-Only-One-Who-Seems-To-Know-What-They’re-Doing” Kid….Pretty self explanatory.

  7. There’s also the kid who’s talented enough to get cast but not talented enough to get out of the chorus and has been doing this for years and really wants a lead, so they complain about the flaws with the show and try to find a way to talk themselves out of continually doing theatre but never really stop. (The Rejected??)

    There’s also the kid who notices some of the flaws in the show and will agree occasionally with the rejected kid so that the rejected kid talks to them a ton and everyone assumes that they both hate the show and doesn’t hang out with them.

  8. There’s the dancer, who picks up choreo with so much ease that they wonder why everyone else can’t just get the two three kick turn turn turn kick turn. They avoid any singing positions but would gladly take a speaking lead or bust out a solo number.

  9. The One-trick pony. The one that is a fantastic singer, actor, or dancer, but is hopelessly awful at the other two.

  10. In Misunderstood there should be something about having tons of talent but never getting what they deserve and everyone knows it. Even the snotty lead who isn’t as good but has the right body type so always gets cast in the lead.

  11. The Nervous Nellie? The Quick Thinker? The Teenage Angst That Walks Like a Man? The Reluctant Companion? Mr/Ms Stagefright? Gimme a few minutes, I got a million of ’em…

  12. The Accidental Actor
    They somehow sort of stumbled into the theatre one day and got a role and now they’re just sort of there. They’re really good, but you can’t help but feel like they’re out of place.

  13. There’s also the researcher, who will tell everyone that we are wearing the wrong style of pinafore and why the props aren’t really right for the era, who’s read every conceivable book about the story, the characters, the writers, the show itself and is a self appointed authority.
    And the package deal, a person of limited ability who is in the show because he or she is dating the lead, who only agreed to do the show if they could both be in it together.
    Also, the power tripper, who will wriggle into a position of some authority like director’s assistant and wear this title as a means to put others in their place.

  14. There’s also the underestimated. That kid who has actual talent but isn’t popular so they don’t really get recognized and everyone thinks they aren’t anything special

  15. How about The Slacker. The person who has plenty of talent, so often gets cast, but quickly gets a reputation for being late, not being off book yet, or missing rehearsals. They are an expert at excuses. Directors still want to cast them because they hope their talent will shine through, or maybe that this time will be different. Pisses off The Perfectionist to no end.

  16. The Musician: The theatre lover who does everything except act. He provides sound effects, music on multiple instruments, can accompany people on the piano, and also can run the sound board for the show. For those who have seen Zootopia, it is the bunny at the side of the stage making all of the sounds at the very beginning. I am that guy.

  17. The one who loves theater but has no idea what any of the shows are or what’s going on. Hamilton? Got to that party months after everybody was raving about them.

  18. That One Kid. The oddball who can sort of act, sing, or dance, but is mostly there because no other group would take him in. Nobody really knows a whole lot about him, but they’ll let him hang around as long as he’s useful. Generally knows a few good stories and sometimes, is surprisingly helpful.

  19. I’m definitely the overachiever

    The Costume guy
    That one person who just is way too much in the costume department. They can have a small role yet there costume is bigger then the lead.

  20. The Groupie: The person that loves every part of theater but is too scared to try out for anything. This person usually winds up doing the jobs that no one else wants to do, just to be part of the production. This person is usually the one that has the script, songs and blocking down first, but no one knows because they’re invisible.

  21. “The Devoted” or “the Die-hards”
    Those who always show up to everything from auditions to strike. Those who order pizza to the shop and think nothing of pulling an all-nighter to finish building or painting the set. The ones who fix things that break during the show no matter how many times they get broken or torn during the run. The ones that usher in the audience, run backstage to fly the main curtain, then wait patiently to assist in a quick costume change or wash some dishes that were used in scene 2 and get reused in scene 5. They are the ones that pick up the slack, pick up the trash, double check the prop table, and mouth the words to every song while they sit out of the way in the dark wings. They do it because they love it.

  22. I’m definitely a combination between the optimist, the jokester, and one that was not listed — the perfectionist. I’m always trying to figure the perfect way to give off an emotion or say a line, but when I mess, I’m really hard on myself.

  23. Also, the Passover.
    The one who gets through callbacks, pays their dues, and is really talented, but always gets passed over for the leading roles because the Annoying Talent and the Singer (who can sometimes be the same person) keep getting preferential treatment even though the Director claims they don’t play favorites.

  24. There’s the person that has been acting their entire life and therefore they believe that they should always be the lead, even though they never are because they aren’t as good as they think they are.

  25. What about the Shadow Director? You know, that one who knows exactly how the show SHOULD be done, is “offering” constantly, and doles out advice when the director’s back is turned. Sometimes he/she can be the saviour of the show, because he/she remembers the arrangement to the T and is able to help in case of mishaps (though he/she bitches afterwards about how un-logical the arrangement was and that no one could possibly remember it right – except for them, obviously).

  26. I used to be a set builder, given impossible unrealistic tasks by clueless designers and directors with no concept of words like “budget” or “timescale” but we always achieved the “impossible” lol

  27. Fat Girl Who Always Plays the Old Lady – [Cross Reference this with: “Bitter Character Actresses Who Want to Be Ingenues” or “Beautiful Ingenues Who Want To Be Smart an/or Witty”

    The Extremely Effeminate Still-Closeted Gay Boy Who Keeps Getting Cast in Butch Roles Because He Has The Best Voice In School

    “Their Parent Is Someone Important To Someone Important” Pity Casting – sometimes this can be how leading roles are determined, much to the chagrin of everyone more talented than the spoiled snot who got cast. [Cross Reference this with: Talented Kid Born to VERY Talented/Successful Parents.

    The Nemesis – A different person for everyone, but EVERYONE in a theater program has a nemesis. An evil foe who is constantly in contention.

    The “No Talent, But GREAT Personality and SUPER-fun At Rehearsal” – these are usually paired with SUPER-talented kids who the No-Talent can feel good about losing out to (because they’re SO good).

  28. Im defiently the over achiever and perfectionist but at the same time the underestimated. Directors cast me in lead roles and im a trained triple threat but I never feel any good because im not popular, people always question why I got the lead and not the queen bee. I once got dance captain for a major production but the cast decided that the popular girl would be a better dance captain instead (she was a good dancer but extremely lazy and never paid attention). They scheduled rehearsals without me and nothing ever got done so when the routines werent cleaned the director came down on me. I explained everything and the cast got shouted at but after that I was even less liked, and hated every minute of what was an amazing production because my fellow actors hated me. It makes me want to leave the industry when people act like that. There’s no need for it, just be supportive of each other at all times.

  29. I would add to the Over Achiever. The one who puts their hole life into theatre. Whether it’s reading plays, working on set, or hanging at the local theatre.

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