Volunteer

The Arlington Players is an all-volunteer organization, so we are always looking for people of all ages who are interested in contributing their time and talents. All skill levels are welcome! Come join the TAP family.


CARPENTERS & PAINTERS

Seeking carpenters and painters to join a crew of dedicated volunteers for upcoming productions. The Arlington Players builds award-winning scenery for each production and we're looking for volunteers to join our team! No experience is needed - our team and long-time volunteers can show you what to do, so come learn a new skill... but if you DO have experience, all the better!

Set building and painting takes place at the Scene Shop (directions at the bottom of the page). This County-run facility is shared among other theater groups, and is a great place to make new friends. Carpenters and painters occasionally are needed for touch-ups after shows load-in to the theater at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater.

Time commitment: These are tasks perfect for volunteers with either a little bit or a lot of time! The Scene Shop at Gunston is usually open Mondays - Thursdays from 6pm - 10pm and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. Come once for a few hours, or come every day.

For questions, email: execprod@thearlingtonplayers.org​

PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBERS & SHADOWS

Without a production team, TAP can't bring you shows! They bring and execute the creative vision for each of our shows. Teams are comprised of: directors, producers, stage managers, and designers of things like costumes, hair/makeup, sound, and lighting. Musicals also require orchestra members. These necessary volunteer positions can be very rewarding, but also are quite a commitment - so we encourage you to read about these roles and their time commitments. TAP is often able to allow you to "shadow" a current area leader to learn the ropes.

Time commitment: These positions are major time commitments, but do vary by role. Be sure to read the detailed descriptions for specific role commitments.

Ready to get started or learn more? Let us know by emailing steward@thearlingtonplayers.org!

STAGE CREW

The magic of live stage performance needs backstage helping hands! The stage crew does a variety of work including moving set pieces between scenes, setting props, creating special effects, running the fly rail, and more. Ideally, a stage manager has a consistent crew, functioning as a single, cohesive team for the entire run of the performance, but limited schedules can often be accommodated.

Time commitment: Ideally crew members volunteer for the full run of the show - tech and dress rehearsals ahead of opening and eight performances over three weekends. Lesser commitments may be able to be accommodated.

Questions? Send us an email: execprod@thearlingtonplayers.org​


USHERS & GARAGE ATTENDANTS

A well-kept secret, these are the perfect volunteer roles for individuals who have limited availability. And yet, these positions are often the first interaction patrons have with the production and so are far from unimportant!

Ushers are a large part of TAP's guest relations, so when you volunteer to be an usher, please be sure to pack your smile! Tasks include: stuffing programs, checking patron tickets, assisting patrons to their assigned seats, working concessions during intermission, and picking up litter after the show.

As TAP was recently affected by the construction of the Alice West Fleet Elementary School. And now, we have the benefit of utilizing the lovely new parking garage! However, as a new amenity, it can be confusing for patrons. Each performance, TAP requires assistance in guiding guests to and from their cars and helping to prevent patrons from parking in restricted spaces.

Time commitment: Both positions start about 45minutes ahead of the performance start and end about 30minutes after the performance finishes. They can be done one time or for multiple shows, and volunteers in these positions can see the show.

Interested in helping out? Sign up to receive emails about these opportunities. They're opened approximately 3 weeks ahead of a show opening. Have questions? Send us an email audiencerelations@thearlingtonplayers.org.

BOX OFFICE

Each TAP performance needs two box office attendants to help sell tickets, set-up concessions, hand out will-call tickets, and manage the front-of-house (the lobby). Tickets are managed and sold through ArtsPeople software - don't worry, we'll train you, and someone will be on hand if questions arise during your shift.

Time commitment: One to eight performances, depending on your interest and schedule! Please note, all box office attendants are required to attend a training session to learn ArtsPeople ahead of volunteering. Box office attendants arrive at the theater an hour ahead of show curtain and stay through the full show in case any issues arise.

To contact us about further opportunities besides those listed here:
By Email: volunteer@thearlingtontonplayers.org
By Phone: 703-549-1063 and select option 2.


Directions to the Gunston Scene Shop:
2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA

Directions from 395
Using the Intersection of I-395 and Glebe Road as a starting point, you will take South Glebe Road heading towards Route 1. You will pass a closed seafood shop, and an Exxon gas station on your right and an apartment complex called Avalon at Arlington Square on your left. Stay to the left on South Glebe. You will pass a shopping center with a Giant and a Gold's Gym on your left. Turn left on South Lang Street. You will go through the next intersection, and you will see the entrance to Gunston on your left. Tennis Courts will also be on the left.

Turn into the school, and go straight passing the soccer fields. The school buildings will be on your right. Go all the way to the end. You will see a loading dock on your right. The door to the shop is right next to the loading dock.