Volunteer Oportunities

Volunteering at the TCG National Conference is a great way for students, young professionals, and avid supporters of not-for-profit theatre of all ages to experience the Conference and stay connected to the theatre field. 

Please review the information below to learn more about the TCG National Conference Volunteer Program. If you have any questions about volunteer responsibilities, please contact conference@tcg.org.

The volunteer application is now CLOSED. All applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, May 2nd, 2022. 

Volunteer Perks
Eligibility Requirements
Responsibilities & Additional Information
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Volunteer Perks

  • Complimentary registration to the 2022 TCG National Conference: Pittsburgh, and meals provided while working.
  • A complimentary one-year individual membership to TCG and a discount to next year’s Conference.
  • Unlimited access to Conference programming when not otherwise assigned.

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    Eligibility Requirements

    Volunteers for TCG's National Conference must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

    • Enrolled as either a full-time or part-time student at a post-secondary institution, as either a graduate or undergraduate studying arts administration or other applicable theatre arts field;
    • Currently working as an intern, either paid or volunteer, for a fixed term, with a theatre organization, including TCG Member Theatres;
    • Not currently employed in the theatre sector but actively involved or seeking employment in this sector;
    • Employed part-time or in a freelance capacity in the theatre sector, including at TCG Member Theatres.

    Individuals employed full-time at a TCG Member Theatre are not eligible to volunteer at the Conference.

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    Responsibilities & Additional Information

    Complimentary registration for volunteers is contingent upon the volunteer meeting all expectations outlined below, and it may be revoked at any time by TCG if the volunteer fails to meet these expectations:

    Time Commitment

    All volunteers are expected to perform between 7-9 hours of service during the Conference. Upon being invited to volunteer for this year’s Conference, volunteers will be asked to sign up for shifts throughout the Conference programming. If conflicts arise that will prevent a volunteer from meeting their minimum requirement of hours, the volunteer may be asked to withdraw their application. Volunteers are asked to communicate all schedule changes that deviate from their applications to TCG as such changes arise. See below for shift information:

    • Registration: Two 2-hour shifts
      • Registration support includes: 
        • Assembling and handing out name badges as attendees arrive
        • Helping to direct traffic in the lobby area, or provide directions to Conference events and session rooms
        • Answering attendee questions to the best of your ability
    • Session Support: Two Sessions (60m-3 hours in length, each)
      • Session support includes:
        • Serving as a logistical lead for sessions, including but not limited to: bringing supplies to session rooms as requested, assisting attendees in finding a seat, and assisting with set-up and tear-down of a session room as needed (this may involve light furniture moving)
        • Introducing and welcoming speakers (according to a provided script)
        • Providing in-person attendee count to TCG as well as taking notes about how the session went and what was discussed
        • Helping to keep time for speakers and ensuring that any tech is running smoothly (a technical contact will be on call for all sessions to support Volunteers)
        • Encouraging attendees to evaluate sessions on the Conference app at the close of the session

    All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory Volunteer Orientation that will be held at the Pittsburgh Westin in the week leading up to the Conference, for a duration of 60-90 minutes.

    Dress Code

    Volunteers should dress in business casual attire and should avoid garments with logos or other branding from theatre companies, vendors, or other organizations. Volunteers may be asked to move chairs and other light furniture or to stand for the duration of a shift, so shoes and clothing that are appropriate to these activities should be worn. Any volunteers with accessibility concerns or mobility limitations can indicate as such on their applications and will be exempt from performing related tasks.

    Participation During Sessions

    Assigned Sessions: While volunteers are on duty and monitoring a session they are asked to refrain from participating in that session unless specifically requested or invited to do so by the session leader or a TCG staff member.

    Unassigned Sessions: Volunteers are welcome to attend any sessions that do not conflict with their volunteer schedule. While volunteers may participate in discussions and/or Q&A periods during these sessions, they should keep in mind that as volunteers they represent TCG. Any opinions expressed by a volunteer may be interpreted as the opinion of TCG, and volunteers are asked to remain mindful of this perception.


    Volunteers will receive all available Conference meals during their volunteer shifts. If a volunteer's assignment coincides with a meal time, the volunteer should make arrangements to eat before or after the scheduled shift, if possible. If back-to-back duties do not leave sufficient time for meals, volunteers should let TCG staff know so special arrangements can be made.

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    Volunteer Applicants

    The volunteer application is now CLOSED. All applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, May 2nd, 2022. 

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