Theatre is a collaborative art form; it’s a team sport. Do you have a talent you can share with us? It could be onstage, backstage, in the office or any of the numerous other volunteer positions we have to fill. We think you’ll find that Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts has the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!
What skills do you have you can share with us?
If you like to tinker with projects or work with your hands, this position is for you! These volunteers help build, cover and repair the scenery. Set construction encompasses a wide variety of construction techniques and materials. Projects depend on the degree of experience of the volunteer. Carpentry experience is preferred as most times we are on a time constraint. Moderate to significant time commitment per show, but usually last no more than a couple weeks per project.
If you are more artistic, however, you may consider volunteering as a Set Painter. Set Painting volunteers work with the newly constructed set, rolling a base color onto the set pieces and/or completing the finishing work. We are always looking for volunteers who can create murals, stone finishes, etc. to make the sets look more realistic. Minimal to moderate time commitment based on the needs of the show. People can commit to a few hours to a few days work.
Love clothes? Love to organize? These volunteers try to bring order to the chaos. The Alliance for the Arts receives lots of donations of clothing, jewelry and hats. These volunteers will need to initially organize existing props, costumes etc while creating an index of all items and then keep everything organized and updated .
Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of sewing skills. Sewing tasks range from sewing buttons, hems and trim to the construction of a garment. Time requirements vary with each show, but hours are flexible with personal schedules.
Ushers greet and escort patrons to their seats. They hand out programs and answer general questions regarding the theatre. They also serve drinks at intermission. A neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must.
Most shows require people working back stage to make things happen correctly on stage. Responsibilities range from cleaning before a performance, preparing the set, coordinating special effect and moving set pieces. Time commitment is the full run of the show and tech week. Volunteers can work every night of a production or possibly trade shifts with another volunteer if available. This requires a highly responsible and organized person.