Thank you for your interest in volunteer ushering with A.C.T. and for taking the time to apply! Once submitted, we will review your information and follow up with you directly. The review process can take up to two weeks. Thank you for your patience!
Please be sure to read each section carefully before moving away from this page. By submitting this application, you are offering a legal agreement to abide by the policies and protocols stated within.
Our COVID Safety policies and protocols have been developed in alignment with city, state and federal orders and are in compliance with the safety policies and mandates from a variety of theatrical unions. We are mandating vaccination among those employed with A.C.T.
As part of the onboarding process, volunteers must offer proof of vaccination or proof of eligible medical or religious exemption. For any exemptions, A.C.T. will engage in an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided so long as it does not create an undue hardship for A.C.T. and/or does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the workplace and/or to the volunteer. To request an accommodation for one of the above reasons, please notify the Human Resources Manager in writing at to HR@act.org. We will continue to align to city, state and federal guidance as is evolves.
Volunteer ushers support our Audience Services staff in welcoming and guiding patrons to amenities in the theater or to their seats, safely and warmly. All of our ushers, including our volunteers, must be comfortable in providing an equitable, inclusive and welcoming experience for our patrons. We are working hard to provide an environment that is actively anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-transphobic, anti-homophobic, anti-xenophobic, anti-ableist and anti-ageist. We offer training in equity, diversity and inclusion as part of the volunteer training process and hope we can engage those who share our passion for creating a truly equitable and inclusive experience.
By completing this application you are agreeing to support these ideals, our protocols and to participate in periodic training opportunities.
Volunteers arrive at the theater in sync with our Audience Services staff, prepared for the pre-show briefing, prior to inviting patrons in. We think of a show starting on time in the same way that you might consider a departing flight. To that end everyone must be on time, with coats and bags stowed away, ready for the briefing at the offered call time. The entire Front of House crew, including volunteers, are briefed on the events and needs of the performance minutes before we welcome our guests. Volunteers are then paired up with a staff usher, who will offer guidance as they take position in their section of the house. We then we open the house to the audience and begin seating. Volunteer Ushers must abide by requests from Staff Ushers or the House Manager with regard to the kind of support needed, seating locations or other direction. Some volunteers will be asked to stand in the lobbies to hand out programs and guide patrons to amenities around the theater. Volunteers may be on their feet for an hour or more prior to the performance or may need to be on the move, navigating steep stairs in our balconies or our sloped auditorium floor throughout the seating, intermission or departure process. After the performance, volunteers assist the staff in clearing the house of programs and clearing the floors. There may be physically rigorous moments of effort. We recognize that everyone has different abilities and we will work to make reasonable accommodations where feasible. Unfortunately, none of our volunteer roles are seated beyond time watching the performance.
Volunteering does not guarantee seating, though more often than not, a great seat is available. We are happy to welcome volunteers in pairs; spouses, partners, family or friends. We cannot guarantee you will be seated together or assigned together, though we do our very best to accommodate when circumstances allow. Each volunteer must apply as an individual.
By submitting this application you are agreeing to align with these protocols, confirming that you will follow staff guidance and that you understand the requirements and limitations of the role.
Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.
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Insurance. I understand that I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of A.C.T. beyond what may be offered freely by a representative of A.C.T. in the event of such injury or medical expenses.
Medical Treatment. I hereby release and forever discharge A.C.T. from any claim whatsoever that arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered in connection with an emergency during my time with A.C.T.
Assumption of Risk. I am aware that I may be exposed to personal injury, death, or damage to my property arising out of my participation in the Activities. Such risks may be as a result of my actions, the actions of other volunteers or third parties. With knowledge of these risks, I agree to accept all risks of personal injury, death, or damage to my property. I understand that my safety is my own personal responsibility, and that I am free at any time to refuse, and should refuse, to do anything in the Activities that I feel poses a hazard to me or anyone else, or to my property or anyone else’s. I confirm that I am physically capable of performing the tasks assigned to me as a volunteer and am free to decline any task that I feel incapable of safely performing. I further understand that I should not use my automobile for any purpose relating to the Activities, outside of transporting myself to A.C.T. offices. If driving my own personal vehicle for the purpose of transporting myself to A.C.T. offices, I certify that it is in safe mechanical condition and meets all requirement of the California Vehicle Code, that I have a valid driver’s license and the automobile insurance on the vehicle I am driving meets the minimum requirement as prescribed by California State Law.
Authorization. A. Media. I give A.C.T. all rights in any photographs, digital images, and video or audio recordings (“Media”) made of me by or on behalf of A.C.T., including but not limited to any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from Media. I consent to the unrestricted use by A.C.T. and/or any person authorized by either of them of any Media of me created in connection with the Activities.