Volunteer at Bard on the Beach
Share your love of Shakespeare with other like-minded people by supporting Bard on the Beach as a volunteer.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer positions for the 2013 season have been filled.
Interested in volunteering for 2014? Email us with “Remind me in January” in the subject line.
Bard on the Beach Volunteer Program
Volunteers are an integral part of our organization and play a vital role in helping us to meet our mandate and offer a one-of-a-kind experience for our patrons. We offer opportunities in many areas of our organization – from working in the office to serving on a committee to welcoming patrons during the season.
The Bard on the Beach volunteer program currently includes the following opportunities:
Please note: there are currently no opportunities to volunteer in the costume or production department.
Seasonal Audience Services
From June through September our dedicated team of 200+ volunteers serve as ambassadors for the festival by providing excellent hospitality and a friendly, welcoming face to our patrons. They work as Greeters, Ticket Takers and Ushers, and as Concession, Bar, Boutique and Event Assistants.
What you need to know to become part of our audience services team:
- You must be available between mid-May and mid-September
- You must turn 16 years old this year
- You must be able to work a minimum of 25 hours but we hope that volunteers will commit to the equivalent of one shift per week throughout the season.
- You must speak English fluently.
- You must be out-going and comfortable in dealing with the general public.
- You must be able to navigate the site safely.
- You must attend the following:
- 1 hour information meeting
- One-on-one interview with a volunteer from our recruitment team
- Site orientation and training sessions
Student Work Experience Program
Bard on the Beach offers high school students the opportunity to gain valuable hospitality work experience with a professional theatre company. Work experience will include Front of House, retail and food services. Volunteers will receive customer service training that includes ushering, cash handling and debit/credit sales. They will experience interactions with the general public while working with people of all ages and backgrounds. At the completion of their work experience, volunteers will get a record of their volunteer hours and completion of any required forms. Participants will also receive all volunteer benefits.
Students who are interested in participating will:
- Attend an information session on either Saturday, April 27 or Saturday, May 11, followed by a one-on-one interview the same day.
- Attend orientation and training sessions
- Work a minimum of 45 hours
- Work 2 shifts per week for 6 consecutive weeks (a two week rotation in each of the three volunteer areas) during one of the following time periods:
June 18 – July 30
July 2 – August 13
July 16 – August 27
Bard reception volunteers support the running of the festival year-round by answering phones and performing light office tasks. Reception volunteers should have previous office experience and familiarity with Windows Office programs is an asset. A commitment to a weekly four hour shift for a minimum of six months is required.