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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. Shakespeare & 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.
Ushers – Reporting to the House Manager at the Tina Packer Playhouse and Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre one-hour before showtime, Shakespeare & Company Ushers typically:
Administrative Support – Assistance with mailings, research, posting flyers, and other administrative functions.
Company Events – Assistance at Shakespeare & Company events for patrons.
Company Hospitality – 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:
Gardening – Join the merry band of Volunteer Gardeners who maintain the plantings in the Shakespeare Garden, around the Tina Packer Playhouse, St. Martin’s, and the Miller Building! This volunteer position also offers the opportunity to 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 – 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.
Oral History and Archive Support – The Oral History and Archive Support Volunteer Team are 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.
Tours – Assisting with scheduled tours beginning at 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, these Volunteers answer questions, keep participants moving, and engaged with them in myriad ways throughout the tour.
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.