So you’re interested in The Drama Workshop, but you aren’t quite sure how you can help. Below are brief descriptions of some of the many jobs one can volunteer for at TDW.
The most visible folks during a production are the stage performers. TDW carefully selects its performance to involve a broad range of people. “There are never any small roles, only small actors.”
Every single element of each production is managed by the Producer. The Producer is in charge of getting together the folks and resources to make a show happen. This job requires a person with strong management skills and solid theatrical knowledge.
The Stage Manager is in charge of running the production throughout the performance. They are in charge of calling all technical and actor cues from the light booth from the back of the theater. Often times, an Assistant Stage Manager is required backstage to carry through with additional tech/actor cues.
Much like Props, costume folks gather the costumes and outfits need for the show. They may also find these clothing items at the TDW warehouse or through outside resources. Assistance may also be needed with sewing, stitching and costume maintenance as required.
Lighting is a job with a few separate duties involved. A Lighting Designer works with the director to make a plan of how to set the light grid above the stage. A Lighting Technician hangs the lights and handles the technical issues. The Light Board Operator runs the light board and takes cues from the Stage Manger during the show.
Construction begins usually two weeks before the show opens, and in this time the set is built. There are always many duties from carpentry, power tools, hammering, drilling painting, wallpapering, trimming, etc., etc.
Marketing has many opportunities to get involved. Artistic folks can help design the show art for posters, flyers, and advertisements. Creative folks can come up with different ways to get the word out to the public. Well connected folks can help organize different ways to get newer audiences. Anyone can help distribute materials all around the entire Cincinnati area.
A Lobby Display is created for every show to sit outside the theater for patrons to enjoy during intermission and before/after the show. It is usually a collection of show art and photos of the cast and crew.
The House Crew consists of a House Manger who gathers Ushers together for every performance. Ushers hand out programs, collect tickets, and assist patrons with seating. Folks are also needed for Hospitality, to run the concession area during intermissions.
This is a group of volunteers who gathers together a group of plays they have read. They submit a list of shows that are then narrowed down to a season selection by the TDW Board of Directors.