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    DC Theatre Scene recently called Forum “the kind of company that can save the American Theater from itself.” But we can’t do it alone. We are always looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of projects throughout the season.


    Forum accepts volunteers from all walks of life and has positions that require different levels of commitment. From leaving postcards at your local coffee shops and manning a table at the Fenton St. Market, to helping out at Opening Night parties and ushering, if you are interested in helping out, we will work together to find the right kind of job for you!


    Check out the information below for more information on volunteer positions and how to get in touch with us!


    We are always looking for friendly, engaging volunteers to be part of our Usher Corps. Ushers are an essential part of the Front of House team, working to answers questions, hand out programs, direct patrons and enforce theatre rules.  Ushers are required to arrive at the theatre 1.5 hours before show time for training. Anyone arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to usher that performance. We ask that our Ushers dress nicely, but have no set dress code concerning color or style. You will receive a Forum Theatre Usher name tag pin to wear during your shift.


    In exchange for assisting us pre-show, ushers receive the following benefits:  

    • Access to watch the show the evening of your shift OR an opportunity to come back another evening
    • Invitation to the Invited Dress Rehearsal (typically the day before our first public preview performance)
    • Free water/soft drink OR snack from concessions on the evening of your shift
    • “Friends of Forum” ticket-discounts to pass along to your friends and family
    • Invitation to select exclusive events throughout the season

    For more information about how to sign up please e-mail our Audience Servies Manager, Erica Brown, at erica@forum-theatre.org.


    Forum Theater is dedicated to being both the home for stories that provoke discussion and the place to host that discussion. If you’ve attended a Forum show, you’ve been invited to participate in a post-show OpenForum talkback. For 30 minutes, after every show, we invite members of the audience and artistic team to share their experience with the production, the themes and issues it raises, and the story it told. There’s no panel of experts, just a facilitator to help guide a conversation among peers. The format is very simple:  grab a chair, sit in a circle, share your own thoughts and see the play from someone else’s point of view (think: book club).


    Forum is always looking for people to join the OpenForum facilitator team. No theatrical expertise required - just a strong desire to listen, ask questions, and create space for dialogue around a piece of art. OpenForum facilitators are educators, social workers, mediators, and community organizers, in addition to being dramaturgs, audience engagement specialists, and artists. Facilitators receive training, an opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal, and a ticket for themselves and a guest on the nights they facilitate the OpenForum. We ask for a commitment of one discussion per show in the season.


    Help us fulfill our mission by leading something you probably already do after a Forum show - participate in a conversation about what you just saw.


    E-mail OpenForum Coordinator, Jordana Fraider, at jordana@forum-theatre.org to get involved!


    Check back soon for more information on other seasonal volunteer opportunities.