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Volunteers are a vital part of any nonprofit organization, and California Shakespeare Theater is no exception. With over 1,000 volunteers, our volunteer corps represents a wide and diverse demographic. Our volunteers hail from throughout the Bay Area, San Francisco to Pleasant Hill, to across the state, from Grass Valley to Los Angeles. They are mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, coworkers and friends. Volunteering with California Shakespeare Theater can be a great opportunity to experience and learn new things, spend time with family and friends, earn high school credit, fulfill community service requirements, see great theater for free, and, most importantly, pay it forward in the spirit of volunteerism. There are many ways to lend a hand at Cal Shakes, and signing up is easy.

Interested in volunteering?

Click here to register; once your application has been approved, you will be able to sign up for ushering dates and will be notified of other opportunities.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Jamie Buschbaum, Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager, at 510.548.3422 x101 or

Volunteer opportunities

California Shakespeare Theater has a wide variety of Volunteer opportunities to fit any time commitment, talent, or interest. Below are just a few opportunities. For more up-to-date opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator and ask to be placed on the Volunteer email list.

Each of our 90 outdoor summer performances require the help of up to 15 volunteer ushers to make sure all goes smoothly. Volunteer ushers distribute programs, help with seating, assist with Will Call ticketing, and do a little general site upkeep after each performance. Ushers get to see the show, so get a group of friends to usher with to make a fun night for everyone. Click here to read or download a copy of our current ushering manual. Contact Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager Jamie Buschbaum at 510.548.3422 x101 or

Artistic Learning
Cal Shakes’ Artistic Learning programs create links between our artistic programming and the classroom through in-school residencies, Summer Theater Programs (camps), Audience Enrichment events, and Student Discovery Matinees. Help us bring the arts to young people across the region! Contact Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager Jamie Buschbaum at 510.548.3422 x101 or
We always need fun and organized people to support us with the day-to-day tasks of our administrative offices, which include our Box Office, Development department, and Marketing department. Some of the tasks include helping with bulk mailings, making phone calls, data entry, and organizing the busy Cal Shakes headquarters. Contact Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager Jamie Buschbaum at 510.548.3422 x101 or

Special Events
California Shakespeare Theater hosts many exciting special events and we are seeking capable volunteers to help us continue to make these events a success!

We need volunteers to help assist the Special Events Manager:

  • plan and organize event logistics and layout
  • coordinate and facilitate setup and/or break down
  • coordinate with event venue and potential vendors, speakers, artists, etc.
  • pick up event supplies and décor materials
  • greet and interact with event attendees
  • track attendee feedback on events

This position gives volunteers the opportunity to attend a wide range of Cal Shakes special events and programs free of charge and contribute in bringing dynamic theater to the public. This is an excellent way to get involved with the Cal Shakes community! This position requires availability during the evenings and weekends dependent on scheduled events. Access to a vehicle is required because our events take place at a distance from public transit. Contact Special Events Manager Shelly Jackson at


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