Volunteer opportunities at the Ordway

From ushering to events, volunteers help make the Ordway's programs possible! Volunteers also receive benefits for every hour they work.

Whether you prefer to be in the center of the action or to work behind the scenes, there's a volunteer opportunity for you.

Become an Ordway volunteer!

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Volunteer policies


Tickets for volunteers

For every 30 hours that a volunteer accumulates, they are eligible to receive two free 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.

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. If a volunteer does not participate in a volunteer activity for 18 months, their volunteer balance is returned to zero.

Volunteer transportation reimbursement

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.


All volunteers must successfully complete a background check, and abide by the Ordway's policies and procedures.

All volunteers interacting with children will be subject to an additional layer of screening.

Volunteer FAQ

What are the qualifications to become a volunteer?

All Ordway volunteers must complete a background check to volunteer. Some activities also require training, which individuals must attend before they can serve as a volunteer for those activities.

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 volunteer@ordway.org.

Can I volunteer to build sets, make costumes, or help with other technical theater aspects?

We have no volunteer opportunities in technical theater. We sometimes have temporary opportunities in Production Management and Stage Management when we are producing performances, so please check out Careers & Auditions for 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 15. Any children under the age of 15 need to be directly supervised by a parent. Any individuals under the age of 18 do not need to complete a background check.

Become an Ordway volunteer!