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Volunteering at Shakespeare & Company

 “Doubled with thanks and service, from whose help I deriv’d liberty.” - Timon of Athens I. iv

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.


Volunteer at Shakespeare & Company

Spotlight on Volunteer Activities and Projects

Administrative Assistance - Provide phone support in the Miller Building during summer.

Book Selection - Select books to sell in gift shop and oversee the delivery and shelving in the gift shop.

Company Events - Assist S&Co staff at Company events for patrons, including galas and late night receptions after opening night performances.

Company Hospitality - For artists and staff

  • Bake - breads, coffee cakes, muffins for artists and Fall Festival.
  • Host Artists – when there is no available housing for visiting artists/guests. Visit may be from a few days or occasionally longer. Volunteer may provide breakfast.
  • Redecorate housing for artists – by painting, hanging draperies, stocking kitchen, rearranging furniture.
  • Make suppers for cast/crew – make dinner items and then eat with the casts.
  • Provide transportation – pick up artists at airports/train stations. Provide rides to stores.

Development - Assist Development Office with fund raising.  Office work, telephone calls.

Flower Arranger - Meet Thursday mornings to plan, design and create flower arrangements for theater lobbies.

Gardener - Join the merry band of volunteer gardeners who maintain the plantings in the Shakespeare Garden, and around the Packer Playhouse, St. Martin’s and Miller Building.  Research and participate in interpretive programs focused on the natural landscape and gardens and their special place in Shakespeare’s world and work.

Gift Shop Sales Associate

  • Level A: Operate gift shop for four hour shift in Tina Packer Playhouse shop. Show merchandise, operate cash register, open and close shop.  Training provided.
  • Level B: Assist patrons with merchandise selection at TPP and Bernstein Theater. No cash register required.  Training provided.

Membership & Outreach – Coordinate the following activities of Volunteer membership & Outreach:

  • Participate in various programs to encourage, develop and recruit new volunteers.
  • Fall Festival – Welcome parents/relatives/friends in the lobby of TPP one weekend in November.
  • Farmers Market – Act as ambassadors to greet customers and disseminate information about S & Co programs. Friday afternoons 1-5pm, Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
  • Posters – Distribute S & Co posters throughout the Berkshires.

Oral History and Archive Office Support - Work with Oral History and Archive Team to establish a dynamic historic archive for Shakespeare & Co.  First phase tasks include providing help in sorting, organizing and scanning documents from the last 40 years of the Company. 

Tours - Assist with scheduled tours beginning at 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Answer questions, keep participants moving and engaged in the tour. Training provided at sample tour early in the season.

Usher - Report to the House Manager at Tina Packer Playhouse or Elayne Bernstein Theater one hour before show time. Welcome patrons, offer assistance before show and during intermission, stuff and distribute programs, help patrons locate their seats.  Assist at the Gift Shop during intermission when needed. Collect programs at the end of the performance.  Ushers have dedicated seats and see the play at which they work.  Training session at the beginning of the season is required every 3 years.

Volunteer Picnic - Coordinate, organize and/or help with the Volunteer Picnic on Sunday, July 24.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Earn vouchers to plays and special programs at Shakespeare & Company in return for your time and talent.
  • Earn Community Service hours that count toward honors programs, college applications and inclusion on resumes.
  • Meet a dynamic and diverse group of volunteers and professionals who truly appreciate   the effort extended in support of Shakespeare & Company. 

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.

  • Email Us
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Volunteer News and Updates

* Hospitality 

Looking for a great way to interact with the tremendous cast and crew at Shakespeare & Company?  Dinners put on by our volunteer team are an excellent means to do so.  All we ask is that you prepare a main dish, salad or desert for all attendees to enjoy.

The dates for this year's dinners are Sunday, August 21 and Sunday, September, 11.  This committee is always searching for volunteers to cook and help set up.  Lots of fun to be had by all.  

Please Email Us if interested and we will assure appropriate personnel contact you to review participation. 

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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