• Volunteer Opportunities

    The mission of the Dayton Theatre Guild is to provide entertainment, encourage the advancement of the theatre art, and provide opportunity for cultural growth through live theatre and within the community.

    Volunteering extends beyond the acting and directing that the audience sees.  As a not-for-profit organization, we round out “staff” with talented volunteers who want nothing more than to give of themselves.  Fine the role that’s right for you.  No auditions required!

    Cookie Maverick

    What intermission is complete without cookies?  If you’re a maverick with a mixer or have a secret recipe you want  people to try, we’ve got the perfect job for you!  Just sign-up for a performance date (3 easy steps below), then bring in several (5-7) dozen delicious home baked goods before the start of the show.  Your only “stage note” is to avoid nuts due to common nut allergies.

    We’re using SignUp.com to organize our Baked Goods, Hosting, and Box Office Sign-ups.

    Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click the SignUp.com button below.

    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

    3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.

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    Host/Hostess/House Assistant

    These are often the first “faces” of the Dayton Theatre Guild that patrons see.  They arrive early to finalize house cleaning duties, then greet patrons as they arrive.  You then take tickets and close the lobby before the performance starts.  Prior to intermission, you are responsible for intermission set-up.  Once intermission has ended, you are responsible for break-down and clean-up.  A friendly, welcoming face and a love to be at the theatre is all your “bio” needs to read!  Sign-up to host a performance below.

    We’re using SignUp.com to organize our Baked Goods, Hosting, and Box Office Sign-ups.

    Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click the SignUp.com button below.

    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

    3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.

    Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
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    Stage Manager

    As a stage manager, you provide support to the director, actors, creative team, and technicians throughout the production process.  The stage manager is critical to the director during rehearsals where they record the director’s decisions on blocking, and take notes for the cast.  Once a performance opens, it is the stage manager’s job to take reins and ensure each performance runs as the director intended until the production closes.

    Costumer

    As a costumer, you work with the director to create the look of each character through wardrobe and accessories.  Costumes are an integral part of the visual aspect of each performance.  The costumer should have an excellent eye for what works on stage in order to bring each character to life.  Depending on the style of complexity, costumes may be pulled from the existing storage, made by hand, purchased, or rented.

    Set Designer and/or Set Construction

    Set Designers transfer the page to the stage.  Set designers read the script and work with the director to create the visual plans for the set and set pieces.  Set designers also are responsible for overseeing the construction phase of set building and explaining to the crew and actors how the set works.

    If you feel comfortable with a paint brush or power tool in your hand, this is a great job for you.  It is optimal to have basic knowledge of materials and who has the ability to follow directions and complete tasks.  An added bonus would be volunteers who love getting their hand dirty.

    Lighting Designer and/or Lighting Technician

    Lighting designers transfer the page to the stage. Lighting designers read the script and work with the director and set designer to create the visual effects on stage to help transform the set into reality.  Lighting designers also are responsible for setting and programming all the set lighting and practicals, such as lamps, to help bring the set to life.  Lighting designers are also responsible for explaining to the crew, actors, and lighting technician how the lights works.

    The lighting technician works with the stage manager and light designer to present the vision of the production.  You will play close attention to detail and deliver the pre-programmed light cues on-time during performances.

    Sound Designer and Sound Technician

    Sound designers transfer the page to the stage. Sound designers read the script and work with the director and set designer to create the sound effects on stage to help transform the set into reality.  Sound designers also are responsible for setting and programming all the sound effects and practicals, such as telephones, to help bring the set to life.  Sound designers are also responsible for explaining to the crew, actors, and sound technician how the sound effects works.

    Sound technicians works closely with the stage manager and sound designer.  An excellent technician will pay close attention to detail and deliver the pre-programmed sound cues on-time during the production.

    Run Crew

    Complete pre-show, show, and post show duties as assigned, including cleaning the stage and backstage, and setting-up and striking props and scenery.  Duties are assigned by the stage manager.