University Theatre's patrons enjoy seeing our students in every capacity of the theatre. We offer unique opportunities to expand your education or sample new experiences through volunteer work.
See our current season schedule for dates and times of productions you might volunteer to work.
University Theatre productions SEE THE VOLUNTEER
Volunteer ushers are generally first selected from our COM 103 Introduction to Theatre students. Once these interested students have signed on for the productions they will work, we contact other interested students and community members to fill in the unattended positions. All ushering shifts are overseen by University Theatre House Managers. Shows with longer runs offer more ushering opportunities. See the schedule for dates and times.
House manager also meets with show's ushers the night of the preview performance to explain job responsibilities and answer questions. These positions require dependability, responsibility and ability to think on your feet to deal with sensitive situations. Should be amiable, enjoy working with team and helping people. Students who participate in this position will earn lab hours where applicable and a sense of being an important participant in public relations of the theatre. Contact Nancy Breeding919.515.3105
Crew, University Theatre productions
Responsibilities: To assist in running of the show backstage.
Props: make sure props
are in place, cleaned and ready for next show
Set: changing over scenery during the show
Light and Sound board opportunities: responsible for shifting lighting and sound cues.
makeup: Coordinate costumes and accessories,
provide assistance to actors with costume and
Time commitment: One week of tech rehearsal; one or two weeks for running of the show. During the run of the show, arrive one hour early, stay through till a half/one hour after the show. No previous experience required.
Training provided: varies depending on area of responsibility.
These positions require punctuality, attention to detail, dependability, and excellent time management. Students who participate in this position will build teamwork skills and learn how a show operates from backstage.
Contact: David Jensen for run crew, 919.513.1592, Josh Reaves for lighting and sound, 919.513.3568. Emily Rossi for costume and makeup 919.515.2033.
Set Crew, University Theatre productions
Responsibilities: To assist in fabrication, load-in and strike of the production set, costumes, lights, sound, etc. Time commitment: Varies, typically 6-7 hours for load-ins and strikes, usually on the weekends. Skills/Experience required: Ability to pick up and carry at least 25 pounds in most cases, more is great. Training provided: Hands-on instruction is given as needs arise during the assembling or dismantling of the show set. These positions require stamina, commitment, punctuality and good sense of humor.Students who participate in this position will build teamwork skills and learn planning and organization. Contact: David Jensen 919.513.1592
Scenic Artist, University Theatre productions
Responsibilities: Base paint scenery, sand wood,
help with layout of drops, etc. Time commitment:Varies
with the design of each show. Generally about
4 hours a week time commitment. Previous Skills/Experience
required: None Training provided: Learn various
painting techniquesThese positions require willingness
to learn, punctuality, good sense of humor. Students
who participate in this position will take away
from this position a clearer understanding of
the design process, color theory, and faux painting
Contact: Jayme Mellema 919.513.3567
Stage Manager, University Theatre productions
University Theatre staff and the director of an individual show choose the student stage managers. Taking the position of stage manager at University Theatre shows is an excellent way to learn all the ins and outs of backstage theatre. You will gain valuable experience in organizing and supervising that you can take with you to future jobs. You may want to begin by volunteering in various backstage positions to become familiar with how the theatre productions work. Then you can apply to the assistant stage manager's position, and once you have shown that you are a dedicated and reliable worker, you may be chosen as the stage manager for a production. The stage manager is a central figure in the coordination, organization and smooth operation of the rehearsal and performance. As a stage manager you are the one person who will have a complete overview of the entire production, and will communicate all deadlines, changes, and technical glitches. For information contact Josh Reaves at 919.513.3568
Other opportunities may be available during the school year. We will post them here when available.
Any open professional positions are posted at NC State's job website, see http://jobs.ncsu.edu