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

Director of Stewardship (Board Position)

TAP is urgently searching for a new Director of Stewardship! The Director of Stewardship is our volunteers first point of contact with the organization. They also handle sales forces (our volunteer management system) and run Educational programming (works/shadowing opportunities). If you are interested in this role, please email Laura Gouge, President at president@thearlingtonplayers.org.

Director of Audience Relations (Board Position)

TAP is urgently searching for a new Director of Audience Relations! The Director of Audience Relations is TAP’s main point of contact with our audiences, selling season subscriptions, ticket questions, cast and crew tickets, creating the lobby display and running staffing the front of house. The majority of this job is emailing with audience members, TAP Board Monthly meetings and being at the theater for 5-9 nights each show in the front of house. If you are interested in this role, please email Laura Gouge, President at president@thearlingtonplayers.org.

Grants Assistant (Assisting the Development Director)

TAP is looking for someone to support the Development Director in researching and identifying potential grant opportunities and assisting in completing submission application packages. Ideally, they would have previous experience in grants management and philanthropy processes, be an analytical thinker, and a problem-solver who believes in TAPs overall mission and continued success. If you are interested in this role, please email Maureen Dawson, Development Director at development@thearlingtonplayers.org.

Box Office Manager (Assisting the Audience Relations Director)

Are you wanting to work in the front of house and don't mind spending 4-5 nights at the theater each show? Then this might be the job for you! This person would work with the Director of Audience Relations to train new box office personnel, decorate the lobby display and help to manage the box office, and usher volunteers during the run of the show. If you are interested in this role, please email Laura Gouge & Brittany Bolick, Acting Co-Directors of Audience Relations at audiencerelations@thearlingtonplayers.org.

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