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The Stars of the Show

Shakespeare & Company volunteers love what they do – and make a difference doing it!

If you enjoy theater and have a love of community, we invite you to become involved in one of the world’s premiere Shakespearean companies.

Volunteers not only become important parts of the Company but also touch thousands of lives, from audiences to youth groups to actors-in-training, in the community and around the globe. Volunteer Company puts the individual skills, knowledge, and life experiences of more than 200 people at center stage. Volunteers come from diverse locations, backgrounds, and lifestyles, support the work of Shakespeare & Company year-round, and have a lot of fun in the process. It’s an enriching, rewarding experience that includes great theater performances, fascinating people, and opportunities to connect with friends both old and new.

Volunteering Opportunities

Reporting to the House Manager at the Tina Packer Playhouse and Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre one-hour before showtime, Shakespeare & Company Ushers typically:
  • Welcome patrons;
  • Scan tickets;
  • Offer patrons assistance before show and during intermission;
  • Stuff and distribute programs;
  • Help patrons locate their seats;
  • Assist at the Gift Shop during intermission when needed, and
  • Collect programs at the end of the performance.
These volunteers offer assistance with mailings, research, posting flyers, and other administrative functions.
This group provides assistance to patrons at special Shakespeare & Company events.
These volunteers offer assistance to Shakespeare & Company artists and staff, particularly during busy periods such as the Summer Season and Fall Festival of Shakespeare, including but not limited to baking breads, coffee cakes, muffins, or other treats; hosting when there is no available housing for visiting artists/guests*; redecorating housing for Company Artists by painting, hanging draperies, stocking kitchens, or rearranging furniture; making suppers for cast and crew, or providing transportation for Company Artists at airports and train stations or to local stores and services during their stay.
Our dedicated gardening volunteer group maintains the plantings in the Shakespeare Garden, and around the Packer Playhouse, St. Martin’s and Miller Building. As the job involves digging, pulling weeds, and replacing plantings, you’ll want to dress appropriately for this kind of physical work.
Volunteers with a flair for retail will love to staff our unique and accessible gift shop, open to patrons prior to showtime and during intermission.
The Oral History and Archive Support Volunteer Team is intrinsic to preserving the Shakespeare & Company story, even when it’s stored on a cassette tape. With the goal of creating a digital archive and online database for anyone to explore, these Volunteers catalog, digitize, and preserve materials and corroborate accounts from artists, staff members, and others. They also ​​ conduct interviews with past and present Company Artists and staff to add to this archive.
Assisting with scheduled tours beginning at 10:30 am on Thursdays, these Volunteers answer questions, keep participants moving, and engage with them in myriad ways throughout the tour.

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