Volunteer at TAP

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.

The list below contains positions that we are actively recruiting for. If you are interested in other ways to get involved that are not on this list, please make sure to sign up for our mailing list, and email steward@thearlingtonplayers.org to learn about additional opportunities!

Immediate Opportunities

Executive Producer (Board Position)

Do you make lists in your sleep? Get a high from a check mark when something’s complete? Maybe you meticulously organize your email inbox…if so you might be the perfect fit for TAP’s open Board position. The main function of the Executive Producer is not to produce all of our productions, but rather to serve as the official liaison between the TAP Board, Arlington County Cultural and each shows producers. If you are interested in this position, please contact Laura Gouge at president@thearlingtonplayers.org.

Membership Director (Board Position)

Do you love planning an event? Welcoming people into TAP? Do you want to put together the next TAPpenings? You don't have to be an extrovert for this position, but caring about TAP's members and being passionate about TAP are a must! The main functions of TAP's Membership Director is to liaison between the board and the membership, monthly TAPpy Hours plus the Holiday and End of Year parties, TAPpennings, membership intake and recognizing member and volunteer contributions. If you are interested in this position, please contact Laura Gouge at president@thearlingtonplayers.org

Playbill Coordinator (Marketing Team)

Do you have a penchant for organization? Are you someone who likes to edit, make things consistent, and have an eye for design? This position may be a good fit for you! We are seeking an individual who can coordinate and design our program each season (typically three shows a year). Experience with InDesign and PhotoShop would be helpful, but we are happy to train anyone who is interested in the role. Please reach out to Nick Friedlander at marketing@thearlingtonplayers.org for more information.

Additional Opportunities

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 45 minutes 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.

For All Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Email Us: volunteer@thearlingtontonplayers.org
Call Us: 703-549-1063 and select option 2.