Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Ordway! If you would like to volunteer opportunities at the Ordway, please complete the General Volunteer Application:
All volunteers are required to complete a background check before volunteering at the Ordway. Read more about the Ordway’s background check policy.
Volunteer opportunities at the Ordway
Ushering – our most popular volunteer opportunity
Volunteers welcome guests to performances and assist audience members with questions and directions. If you are interested in volunteer ushering, it is required that you are available for one shift a month.
Flint Hills Family Festival
The Flint Hills Family Festival is an annual highlight for thousands of children and families as the Ordway and surrounding areas are transformed. The Ordway and downtown Saint Paul erupt with music, dance, and art activities. The Festival is always the Tuesday after Memorial Day (in May) through the following Saturday, and is only made possible due to the generous participation of our volunteers! Volunteer sign-up will open in spring 2019.
The Fête is the Ordway’s largest annual fundraising benefit gala. The Ordway is able to introduce the performing arts to thousands of students in Minnesota and the surrounding region with the proceeds raised at the Fête. This is a one-night event that includes games, silent and live auctions, and performances. Volunteer sign-up will open in early February 2019.
Work alongside our Marketing staff at events like Rondo Days, Selby Jazz Festival, and the Twin Cities Pride Festival to promote the Ordway, answer questions about the organization and its events and programming, and help us connect with the community. This volunteer opportunity also includes poster distribution.
Throughout the year, the Ordway Education department has different programmatic events ranging from annual events, such as the Saint Paul Public School Honors Concert, to greeting school buses at student matinees and master classes. Different Education events are offered each year, depending on the season the programs and the various community engagement opportunities.
The Ordway has occasional, as well as ongoing, administrative opportunities for individuals that are interested. Opportunities include photo archiving, collating and stuffing of letters and season tickets, data entry, helping with registration at auditions, and more.
Volunteer benefits and hour tracking
The number of volunteer hours contributed impacts the Ordway’s ability to fulfill mission and vision. All volunteer hours are equally tracked and acknowledged to ensure all volunteer contributions are recognized.
Please remember to submit your Volunteer Hours Tracking Form after each event.
After a volunteer accumulates 30 hours, they will receive two tickets to an Ordway performance. Ticket availability is subject to contractual agreement for tour productions; not all shows are eligible to be redeemed for volunteer hours. If a volunteer does not participate in a volunteer activity for 18 months, their volunteer balance is returned to zero.
The Ordway will reimburse volunteers for parking and/or public transit expenses incurred as part of the volunteer activity. At large scale events, volunteers may receive a parking voucher for parking instead of a reimbursement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the qualifications to become a volunteer?
All Ordway volunteers must complete a background check to volunteer, otherwise there are no other requirements than attending any necessary training for an activity and being available. Read Ordway’s Background Check policy.
How frequently are volunteer notifications sent out?
It depends on the time of year. Sometimes we have multiple activities going on at once, but we like to send out only one email a week with a summary of all the available opportunities.
What is the commitment required to volunteer?
There is no specific hour commitment required, but if you do not volunteer for 18 months, your volunteer balance will be returned to zero.
What if I have a skill that I would like to offer the Ordway on a volunteer basis that is not listed above?
Please let us know if you have a professional skill (Accounting, Legal, HR, etc.) that you would like to volunteer on a pro bono basis by emailing email@example.com.
Can I volunteer to build sets, make costumes, or help with other technical theater aspect?
We have no volunteer opportunities in technical theater. We have internships in Production Management and Stage Management when we are producing performances, so please check out Employment Opportunities if we have any current openings.
I am a high school or college student and need volunteer hours for credit, can I volunteer with the Ordway?
Yes, we will fill out any paperwork you need to recognize your completed hours. Please let us know if you have a specific project you need to complete for a class, and we can see if we have any opportunities that would match your project requirements.
What is the youngest age you will accept volunteers?
We will accept volunteers as young as 13. Any children under the age of 13 need to be directly supervised by a parent. Any individuals under the age of 18 do not need to complete a background check.