“Doubled with thanks and service, from whose help I deriv’d liberty.”
Timon of Athens I. iv
Welcome to Shakespeare & Volunteer Company
We can use your time, knowledge and talent.
If you enjoy theatre, have an interest in beautiful language, effective education and a love of community, we invite you to become involved in one of the world’s premiere Shakespearean companies. Our premiere volunteer organization can use your imagination, energy and talents.
You’ll not only be an important part of a wonderful volunteer organization and theatre company, you’ll touch the lives of thousands, from audiences to youth groups and actors in training, in your community and around the country. Shakespeare & Volunteer Company will put your skills, knowledge and life experience to good use and you’ll play an active role in the Company’s mission. Our approximately 300 volunteers come from diverse locations, backgrounds and lifestyles. We support the work of Shakespeare & Company year round, save the Company thousands of hours, and have a lot of fun in the process. It’s an enriching, rewarding experience. You’ll see great theatre, meet fascinating people, make new and reconnect with old friends. We’re proud to say this is the spirit of volunteerism at its best.
Spotlight on Volunteer Activities and Projects
Gift Shop Sales Associate
Operate gift shop for four hour shift. Show merchandise, operate cash register, and open or close the gift shop. GSA’s will receive one voucher for each four hour shift. Training will be provided.
Online Gift Shop Fulfillment Committee
Package, mail and fulfill sales of online store merchandise. Monitor online store website, complete customer purchases, calculate and affix postage, deliver package to post office, notify Shakespeare & Co. staff of completed sales, and maintain updated packaging, mailing supplies and merchandise inventory.
Report to the House Manager at Founders’ Theatre or Bernstein Theatre one hour before show time for assignments. Welcome patrons, offer assistance before show and during intermission, distribute programs, and help patrons locate their seats. Collect programs at the end of performance. Ushers see the play at which they work.
Assist with scheduled tours beginning at 10:30AM on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Answer questions, keep participants moving and engaged in the tour.
Prune, plant, weed, the annuals and perennials in front of the Miller Building, in front of Founders Theatre, and in the Renaissance garden.
Meet on Thursday mornings to plan, design, and create flower arrangements for theatre lobbies for scheduled performances and special events.
Over the course of the summer rooms may be needed for artists, alumni coming for the 35th celebration. Their stay may be from a few days up to a week.
Make accommodations more attractive for visiting artists.
Assist S&CO staff at company events.
Pick up artists at airports/train stations, transport artists to super market, laundry mat, etc.
Distribute posters throughout Berkshires.
Bake cookies, muffins, breads for artists and/or make salads, pasta, casserole dishes for artists.
Coordinate, organize and/or help with the annual Volunteer Picnic (The 2012 picnic will be held on Sunday, August 5)
And there are many other ways to get involved
How to join the Volunteer Company
- Call the Volunteer Office at 413-637-1199, ext 177. Leave your name and phone number and a Membership Committee member will contact you.
- Write to us at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240
- Attend our annual Volunteer Meeting at the Founders’ Theatre, scheduled for Saturday, June 8th at 9:15 AM