Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Theaters all over the country need volunteer ushers. It’s an excellent way to be immersed in the arts, see lots of shows and meet all kinds of people.
Amava Take: If you love theater arts and music and you’re fast with a flashlight, you can volunteer to be an usher. The hours aren’t too long and you’ll get to witness cultural events for free! In fact, at many theaters, you can be part of the “test” audience for the final dress rehearsal. You also get the insider’s scoop on special events and discounts. The play’s the thing!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
Friendly, competent people to be the public face of our theater.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Learn the seat map in advance so you quickly get a feel for where people’s seats are when they show their tickets.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
Generally, you show up 60-90 minutes before showtime and leave after the performance ends.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
There’s no people like show people!
How would you describe the hard parts?
When people are late or using their phones during performances it can be tense for everyone.
Musicals or talky dramas?
Special Requirements: There are no special requirements, though an excellent attitude and some showtime exuberance will get you very far!
Finding a Position: Many theaters look for volunteers. If there are some theaters in your community or nearby, check out their websites. There are volunteer usher positions all over the country. A google search of the words “volunteer usher” yields over five million results. But please note, in big cities, landing an usher job can be highly competitive. Here’s an article with advice about what ushers do and how to get an usher job