Make a difference in our community
Volunteers are the heart of GREAT Theatre. From onstage to backstage we have volunteer opportunities that will make a big impact and are a lot of fun.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? Everyone!
We have opportunities for all skill levels, including many family-friendly projects or opportunities for businesses to make an impact.
Greeters work alongside GREAT Staff to help provide a positive theatre experience for patrons. This role includes helping distribute candy for donors and welcoming patrons to the venue. Greeters will arrive 90 minutes prior to the designated showtime and are invited to stay and watch the show.
Crew – Backstage
Stage crew is responsible for the technical scenic elements of productions. This role includes preparing for the show (presetting scenic elements, sweeping/mopping the stage, etc.) During the performances, they are responsible for moving scenic elements for scene shifts. The stage crew will also assist with props and coordinate closely with the Assistant Stage Manager.
Props crew is responsible for the elements of props and furniture. They make sure that the props are preset before the show, assist actors in the coordination of props, and assist in scene changes.
The rail crew operates the fly system during a show. They are responsible for fly in/out of scenery or curtains at varying speeds with precision. Since this position works with large amounts of weight and from great heights, safety is of the utmost importance.
Wardrobe crew is responsible for the care and maintenance of all the finished costumes. They make sure that the costumes are prepped and ready before the cast arrives, provide assistance to the actors in dressing rooms and backstage, help with minor repairs, and assist with costume changes. At the end of the night, they launder the costumes appropriately according to the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager.
FOLLOW SPOT OPERATORS
Follow spot operators are responsible for controlling the follow spots based on the artistic and creative concept of the lighting design. Follow spots are specialized lighting instruments designed to follow performers or movements on stage. Operators work with the Lighting Designer who will provide guidance.
LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR
The light board operator is responsible for operating the light board for the show. They will trigger light cues during technical rehearsals and performances. Throughout the process, they will learn about light cues and how to use the board from the Lighting Designer.
The QLab Operator is responsible for operating the multimedia playback software, known as QLab, for the show. They will be triggering sound cues during technical rehearsals and performances. Throughout the process, they will learn their cues and how to use the program from the Sound Designer.
Office volunteers assist in mailings and other office needs as they arise. This volunteer position is need based, without a standard schedule.
COSTUME SHOP VOLUNTEER
Costume Shop Volunteers are trained by costume shop personnel, report to the Costume Designer and/or Costume Shop Manager, and assist in a variety of ways to produce costumes. This role may include sewing and non-sewing activities. Costume shop volunteer hours are scheduled with each production’s needs in mind. There will be standard volunteer hours throughout the season, as well as additional volunteer shifts as needed.
SCENE SHOP VOLUNTEER
Interested in making props, building sets or scenic painting? Looking for a safe and welcoming place to learn new skills and see your work bring joy to thousands of your neighbors at venues like the Helgeson Learning Lab and the Paramount Center for the Arts? Our Scene Shop creates the scenic elements for our shows (such as walls, platforms and unique items) and as a volunteer you would be as well. We invite volunteers of all skill levels and provide training and education in carpentry, painting, and even welding.
If you’re interested in volunteering as a performing, please check out our auditions page. If you’re interested in joining our board, please complete the Board of Directors Application.
Volunteer Interest Form
GREAT periodically adds new board members
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about GREAT’s mission.
As a board member for GREAT Theatre you will support the work of the organization by providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance. GREAT’s Board advises, governs, oversees policy and direction, and assists with the leadership, growth, and promotion of GREAT to support its mission. While day-to-day operations are led by the Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the board is both critical and expected.
If you have experience with business, arts, education, and/or the nonprofit sector and are eager to learn and want to deepen your connection to GREAT Theatre, this might be the volunteer opportunity for you.
PLEASE READ THE FULL VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION
Complete the application below and we will contact you to schedule a time to chat and learn more about you.
Please reach out to Executive Director Lacey Schirmers via email at Lacey@GREATTheatre.org with any questions. Thank you!
Board of Directors – Application