Zoe Halsne is a senior at Alhambra High School in Martinez and a volunteer on our Community Ambassador team. Her first experience was at the opening of American Night.
Cal Shakes isn’t Zoe’s only volunteering gig. In fact, she’s actively involved with several nonprofits including the California Scholarship Federation, Harry Potter Alliance, and National Honor Society. “I think it is very important to help the local communities, especially in the arts,” says Zoe.
We’re thrilled that Zoe is a member of our Cal Shakes family and we’re happy to introduce her to all of you!
What drew you to Cal Shakes? I’ve always had a huge enthusiasm for plays, as well as the arts in general. I went to my first Cal Shakes performance—Hamlet—in the beginning of my senior year in high school, and I loved it. I wanted to become more involved, so I started volunteering the next summer.
How do you spend your time when you’re not helping out Cal Shakes? I’m a huge movie buff and I love reading. I also volunteer for a nonprofit website that is host to tens of thousands pieces of literary work submitted by aspiring writers, and I’m currently working on getting into the film program at New York University, where I’ll be attending as a freshman this fall.
Describe a memorable experience you’ve had volunteering at Cal Shakes: The first time I volunteered was very memorable. It was opening night, so of course there was a lot to do. It was a great experience learning how to prep for events like the pre-show dinners, but I also felt like I burned a million calories just from the heat—it was nearly 100 degrees when I arrived!
What’s one of your special talents? I really like writing, and it’s helped me receive some scholarships this year for school. I also have the ability to watch all six season of LOST in one month.
If you could be a character in any play, who would it be and in which play? I recently started reading Much Ado About Nothing. I really enjoy the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice, so I think it’d be awesome to play one of those two characters.
What’s one of the most exciting things you’ve done this year? Last summer I went to my first convention, LeakyCon. It’s a convention for Harry Potter as well as some other fandoms, and it was so fun! I met so many awesome people and went to a bunch of different events that was just as nerdy as I am.
Volunteers are a vital part of our Cal Shakes community. 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 volunteering with special events, please contact Special Events Manager Shelly Jackson at 510.809.3297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.