Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
~ Sherry Anderson
The Ashtabula Arts Center invites you to experience the arts and make a difference at the same time by becoming a volunteer. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on arts-loving civic-minded individuals to help provide important volunteer services. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, including our teen-aged students, parents of our students, and retirees with additional time on their hands
Box Office and Front of House
Volunteers are needed during dance and theater productions as ushers, ticket takers, concession workers, and 50/50 raffle ticket sellers. Productions include the G.B. Community Theater season, the Straw Hat Theatre summer season, The Nutcracker, the Spring Dance Concert, children’s theater productions, summer Concerts on the Lawn, and other special events that may take place during the year. In return, all volunteers see the production for free. Please call 440-964-3396 or e-mail the front desk to sign up; there is minimal training to learn our procedures for first-time volunteers.
Building and Painting Sets
If you are handy with tools and paintbrushes, this may be a good fit for you. Depending on the show and its needs, the arts center looks for help building and painting our sets for our theater and dance productions throughout the year. Please contact Technical Director Ray Beach.
Creative people with a passion for sewing and making or reconstructing costumes are often needed for theater and dance productions throughout the year.
The fall season is always busy preparing for the annual run of The Nutcracker and in the early spring we prepare for the Spring Dance Concert. Please contact Director of Dance Shelagh Dubsky to indicate your interest, skills, and availability.
For theater productions, the needs will change throughout the year depending on particular shows—please contact Director of Theater Kimberly Godfrey with your interests, skills, and availability.
Volunteer positions for the year-round theater season include scenery movers, props managers, back stage dressers, light board operators, and sound operators. To ensure the integrity of productions, members of the running crew must be committed to working every night during the show’s Tech Week (usually Sunday-Thursday), as well as every performance during the run of the show. Depending on the position and the show, occasional absences can be arranged with enough advance planning. Please contact Technical Director Ray Beach.
For the annual presentation of The Nutcracker in December, volunteers are needed to move sets, manage props, dress the dancers, and run the light and sound boards. To ensure the integrity of the show, members of the running crew must be committed to working every night during the show’s Tech Week (usually the week after Thanksgiving and/or first week in December), as well as every performance during the run of the show, which may include student matinees. Depending on the position, absences may be arranged with enough advance planning. Please contact Technical Director Ray Beach.
The arts center is fortunate to have a good sized commercial kitchen, and we often serve food for receptions and dinners where we need volunteers to prepare, cook, serve, and clean-up. In particular, each play in the G.B. Community Theater season has an evening where we serve “Dinner Before the Show.”
Also, each month brings a new art exhibit in our gallery space and an opening reception where volunteers are asked to make hors d’oeuvres, fruit trays, cheese and crackers, or desserts. If you love to cook or bake, or could help serve and clean up, please contact our front desk to sign up for an upcoming event.
We occasionally send out mailings and need assistance with stuffing envelopes, labeling, and putting stamps on fundraising appeals. We may also need assistance with other administrative tasks as they arise. If you have several hours available during the work day, please contact Finance Director Cindy Rimpela.