Get involved Behind the Scenes as a Volunteer

Join our growing family of volunteers working behind the scenes at Barnstormers. We have limited openings in the following positions and training programs. (Time commitment is in parentheses.) Level 1 indicates a person with experience in the area. Level 2 are individuals who possess the skills but do not have the experience, and they will work under a seasoned individual.

Set Designer Level 1 and Level 2 (1 week - either day or evening work)
Set Construction Level 1 and Level 2 (3 days, between 9 AM and 5 PM)
Construction helpers (5 10 days between 9 AM and 5 PM)
Set Painters Level 1 and Level 2 (1 day 2 weeks, between 9 AM and 5 PM)
Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers (13 weeks, evenings)
Backstage Crew and Sound and/or Lighting Technicians (5 weeks, evenings)
Assistant Directors (13-15 weeks, evenings mostly)

The Set Designer is to design the physical surroundings in which the action will take place. All the scenery, furniture and props the audience sees at a production of a play make up the set design. Level 1 Set Designer is an experienced set designer. Level 2 Set Designers feel that they possess all or most of the skills necessary to design a set but have not had experience. They
will assist a Set Designer to learn the process.

Set Construction Level 1 is fully experienced. Level 2 individuals can construct walls and platforms, and install windows and doors but have little or no theatre experience constructing sets. Constructions helpers are individuals who are handy with tools but may not have hung doors or windows. It is a great opportunity to learn these skills.

Set Painters Level 1 can paint but are also artistic and can create backdrops, murals and many other elements of the set. Depending on the complexity of the scenery this can take as little as two days or as much as two weeks. Often set painters will work on specific aspects of the set.

Set Painters Level 2 can paint walls but are not artistically capable of creating scenery.

Stage Managers work side by side with the director, recording the director's decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team. This enables the director to concentrate his or her full attention on directing. The stage manager is responsible for coordinating the work of the stage crew, calling cues and overseeing the entire show each time it is performed

The Assistant Stage Manager is learning the above skills so that they may in the future become a stage manager.

The Backstage Crew work behind the scenes assist with a smooth transition from one scene to the next. Their job includes removing and placing the necessary props for the given scenes. There is no training required.

Lighting Technicians work behind the scenes of the production to create lighting and special lighting effects to enhance the visual impact of the show.

Sound Technicians work behind the scenes of the production to create sounds on or off the set to create the necessary ambience as sirens, gunshots, phone ringing, and so on.

Assistant Director will shadow the director, assisting in all aspects of the production, to learn the process and fulfill the requirements to direct a future play.

Contact Set Coordinator Sig Dekany if you are interested: