Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Always dreamed of being in the footlights or building a set backstage? Community theaters all over the country thrive when people come together to put on a good show.

Amava Take: There’s no people like show people. If you’re looking for a way to interact and collaborate with folks in your community and you like to perform, build sets, run lights and audio or take tickets and greet people, community theater could be for you. If rehearsing, planning and putting together a great show for the people in your town sounds like a little slice of heaven to you, connect with community theater and start making memories.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

People who want to act, direct, produce or provide tech or set support are always needed. Avid collaborators tend to have the most satisfying experiences.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Listen as much as you talk. Everyone involved has something to offer.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Usually evening rehearsals for a few months leading up to showtime!

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Meeting local people and working together to create a great experience in our community.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Theater people can be passionate about their vision! That’s not always a hard part, but it can be.

What’s inspired you to work in community theater?

Waiting for Guffman, of course.

Special Requirements: Show up. Respect the other performers and directors. You’re all working together to foster culture in your community. Read this article about the four types of community theater actors and think about what kind of community theater actor you are. Here’s an awesome beginner’s guide to community theater.

Related Classes: Interpersonal Communication, Keys to Effective Communication, Mastering Public Speaking, Skills for Making Great Decisions.

Finding a Position: There’s no substitute for looking out for opportunities in own community theater. Many of them have websites and facebook pages that announce what they’re doing next. Search “community theater,” see what’s close by and follow the links. Here’s a place to find staff jobs at community theaters.