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The magic of a play, from first reading to opening night, is about people: people onstage and backstage including  actors, directors, producers, stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, set designers/builders and costumers.
Volunteers at Coastal Rep help bring the magic of Broadway style productions to the Coast.
Volunteer Scheduling for the Box Office and Front of House positions can be accessed via  iVolunteer; for all other positions please contact our CRT Volunteer Guild.

Box Office

  • ASSISTANTS  arrive 45 minutes before a performance

  • Set up Will Call tickets

  • Greet patrons and hand out tickets

  • Assist with seating issues

  • LEAD positions arrive 2 hours before a performance

  • This position requires additional training on computer and ticketing software

  • Watch the show!


  • Guide our theatre in fundraising options including CoastsideGives and our Annual Gala in September

  • Support Fundraising Events: serve on an event sub-committee; assist with set-up the week of the event; volunteer to assist at the event

  • Grant Writing: research and apply for grants that are available from arts foundations and corporations that provide funds to non-profit theatres

  • Assist with identifying and approaching businesses to become Coastal Rep sponsors 

Backstage Crew

  • Stage Manager - with the Director, in charge of running the show. Starting with the auditions, you are present for every rehearsal and production meetings, every performance

  • Assistant Stage Manager - work with the Stage Manager to learn the ropes

  • Running Crew - under direction of the Stage Manager, handle scene changes, special effects, costume changes, etc. Usually begins a few weeks before opening

Set Builders

  • Work with Set Designer and Master Carpenter to build and paint set

  • This could involve the strike from the previous show anywhere from 2-3 weekends of building and some building during the weekdays for 2-3 weeks

  • Following set construction painters are needed for general painting of walls and floors and more detailed painting of those areas and set pieces

Front of House

  • Several supervisory positions available

  • Positions as Ushers, Wine Bar Servers, Coffee/Cookie Bar Servers and Floaters

  • These positions are available for one or many performances during the run of a show


  • Assist Lead Costumer with procuring costumes from other theater groups

  • Assist with pulling costumes from shed

  • Assist with designing, sewing, repairing as needed

  • Occasionally work backstage as a dresser and/or onsite repair during performances

  • Assist with cleaning and returning all costumes at the end of show

Tech Booth

  • With appropriate training, operate either the Sound Board or Lighting Board

  • "Tech" week starts 1 week before the show opens when you will work with the Director, Stage Manager and cast to learn the boards

  • You will be at every performance of the show to run your board

Property Manager

  • Assist Director and Stage Manager in pulling props from shed, procuring props from other theaters, designing and creating props

  • Setting up the Props table for Stage Mgr

  • Maintaining props during run of show

  • Occasionally handling food props for each performance

  • Returning all props to previous location at the end of the run

Marketing and PR

  • Work with the different show production teams to access the different values of marketing strategies

  • Implement marketing via email, ad placements, social media etc.

  • Assist in placing posters and postcards in strategic places on the coast and elsewhere


  • Work closely with the Director of the show, maintain production budgets and closely watch all production deadlines

  • Work with Marketing team and schedule photo calls

  • Plan a simple Opening Night Reception for after the first performance

  • Help organize the show's cast party and any awards to be given to cast and crew 

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