Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Our mission To entertain, educate, and engage our community through the Theatre Arts.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

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Concessions

Our Concessions volunteers assist in selling candy, snacks, and beverages before the show and during intermission.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Lighting/Sound

Training will be provided. Volunteers working in this capacity need to be available throughout the entire run of a show. Some positions may be shared with another person, while some require that you are there for every performance and throughout tech week prior to the show opening. This is a job that requires a strong commitment, and the ability to follow a script.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Will-Call

Our Will-Call attendant assists patrons with picking up their tickets on the night of the performance.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Assistant Directors

This is a great opportunity to work closely with the Director of a show. Attendance at all rehearsals is required. Assistant Directors work with the Director and must have previous acting or directing experience; duties may include watching over the script, note blocking, and taking general notes for the Director.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Props

This position is part of the stage crew. Properties are all of the set dressings and small articles used in a production, from a refrigerator to a pen, they’re all considered a prop in the show! Time commitment is the full run of the show, plus tech week and some rehearsals.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Deck Crew

Each show requires people working backstage to make things happen correctly on stage. Responsibilities range from cleaning before a performance, preparing the set, coordinating special effects, bringing flys in and out, and moving set pieces. Time commitment is the full run of the show and tech week. Volunteers can work every night of a production or trade shifts with another volunteer. The show can’t go on without deck crew… so committed volunteers are a necessity!
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Hospitality

Volunteers are regularly needed to assist with special events, receptions, and technical lunches.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Ushers

Our Ushers are responsible for handing out programs, assisting patrons in accessing the virtual playbill, and ensuring that everyone is able to locate their seat with ease.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Greeter

Our Greeters are stationed at both entrances of the building. They provide a warm welcome to all of our patrons and assist with door handling, directions, and general questions.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Business and Education Office

Volunteers are often needed to assist in data entry, filing and general office work. Times and commitment lengths vary, but daytime hours only.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Actors

From the novice to the most seasoned actor, all are welcome to audition. You may find the audition page helpful for upcoming audition information, including learning how to prepare and what to expect from an audition.
  • Weekly
  • Children, Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site, Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Costumes

Volunteers are instrumental in sewing costumes, as well as putting finishing touches on projects. Time requirements vary with each show, but hours are flexible with personal schedules.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Coat Check

Our Coat Check attendant is a seasonal position. This volunteer ensures that patrons have a place to “hang their hat” and manages the coat check tags for our patrons personal belongings.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Maintenance

With a building as large as the Civic, there are a number of odd jobs for every skill level. Help is needed with general cleaning, maintenance and upkeep of the theatre. Daytime hours are typically required.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Set Construction/Painting

Volunteers help build, repair, paint, and tear down sets. It is helpful for volunteers in this area to have some construction or painting background. Daytime and night hours are available.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Door-Persons

Our Door-Persons are stationed at each entrance of the theatre. They are tasked with welcoming patrons to the show and ensuring that the doors of the theatre open and close at the appropriate moments.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Tour Guides

Must be friendly and good with people and have a good memory. Attendance in a special training and the ability to climb stairs is required.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help Without the 600+ volunteers that give their time each season, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre wouldn’t be what it is! If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved in our community, check out all the ways you can volunteer with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Whether you experienced in your craft, or just looking for a new way to connect with others and give back to the community, we welcome you!
About us Established in 1925, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the nation. As a community theatre, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre understands the importance of individuals feeling engaged to our mission. The Theatre’s focus is in providing experiences through highest quality performances, the award winning education programs and outreach. Our success can be measured by thousands of hours given by volunteers, the record setting ticket sales from our audiences, and ever important financial commitments of our supporters. These are the elements that make the Theatre a recognized cornerstone in the West Michigan arts and cultural community.
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