Barrington Stage Company is privileged to have a very active and passionate Volunteer Guild who provide countless hours to make BSC a welcoming community for our artists, patrons and staff. In the past, most of the volunteers helped usher and other front of the house activities, however we know that many of our volunteers have different talents and wish to support us in new ways, so we are excited to announce our revamped Volunteer Guild program! We now have many ways volunteers of all skill levels and ages can support Barrington Stage across the company, while earning free tickets to see our productions.
The Volunteer Guild will be composed of four Teams and volunteers can be part of more than one team. These teams will make it easier for BSC to match individuals based on the type of support needed. Each Team will have a Team Captain(s) who will be the one(s) who will coordinate the needs between BSC and their Volunteer team.
The Four Teams are:
FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH): GET TO KNOW OUR PATRONS
All FOH volunteer positions are great for anyone who loves being at our theatres and interacting with Patrons, in order to provide them with the best experience possible. All FOH Volunteers arrive 60-90 minutes prior to the start of the performance. There are three different types of FOH volunteers:
Box Office- help hand out pre-paid tickets (“Will Call”) to fellow patrons.
Ushers- scan tickets, hand out programs and direct patrons to their correct seat
Concessions/Gift Shop– help sell items at our concession stands and our gift shops. Volunteers at our concession stands will need to be TiPs Certified (a quick online tutorial on legalities of serving alcohol). All Concession and Gift Shop Volunteers will receive additional training on our cash register system.
HOSPITALITY: GET TO KNOW OUR ARTISTS
Over the course of the summer, we have over 150 artists, actors, directors, interns, staff, and designer who join us to create our productions both on and off stage. This Team helps us welcome our summer artists to the Berkshires and make their experience at BSC the best possible. There are five different types of Hospitality volunteers:
Transportation- be the first person to welcome someone to BSC by picking them up or be the give them a fond farewell by dropping off people at the Wassaic train station, Albany or Hartford Airports.
Food- Set-up and/or serve special meals and lights fare for our artists and crew. With all of the long days and late nights put in by our crews and actors, you can imagine that there is little time for them to make a meal. We are looking for people willing to help out at the events but also people willing to contribute a dish/cake/pie/salad/muffins/etc so our teams can get a homecooked meal on their busiest of days.
Housing- Help us do final prep at the houses we rent to make the next group of artists feel welcomed by BSC.
Welcome Baskets- Assemble baskets for each incoming group with the household basics but also special treats to show them how honored we to have them joining us at BSC.
Gardening– Show off your green thumb by helping maintain our gardens at the Blatt Center and O-House.
TECHNICAL: GET BEHIND THE SCENES
Perfect for anyone with experience building, painting, sewing or just has an interest in how the physical production of a show comes together. There are three types of Technical Volunteers:
Costume- Basic sewing (machine or hand stitching), ironing, crafts work, etc
Scenic- Anyone with basic carpentry or painting skills could help us with a few hours of work in the set shop.
Tech Rehearsal Support- During our technical rehearsals, we are always short one hand or two. Skills not necessary but helpful. This could be as basic as making a run for coffee or snacks to keep our crew going, or doing small hand work.
ADMINISTRATIVE– GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF
Mailers, filing, answering phones, and other basic office skills are always appreciated throughout the year but especially during our busy summer season. Volunteers could also help by hanging posters and distributing season brochures around Berkshire towns.