Volunteer Ushers Needed for Twelfth Night Performances at Intersection

Rami Margron as Orsino, Cindy Im as Viola/Cesario, and Maria Candelaria as Olivia in Cal Shakes and Intersection for the Arts’ coproduction of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Michelle Hensley; photo by Kevin Berne.

Rami Margron as Orsino, Cindy Im as Viola/Cesario, and Maria Candelaria as Olivia; photo by Kevin Berne.

Public performances for our all-female production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Michelle Hensleya coproduction with Intersection for the Artsbegin on Thursday, February 20, and we’re in need of volunteer ushers for all performances at Intersection, 925 Mission, Suite 109, San Francisco.

There is a lot of good information about Twelfth Night on our website. During your volunteer shift, we consider you part of the Cal Shakes extended staff. We ask that you act professionally, treating your volunteer shift as a job and a responsibility to be taken seriously. In return, you’ll get to see the full performance of Twelfth Night!

Interested? Contact Jamie Buschbaum at jbuschbaum@calshakes.org or call 510.548.3422 (email strongly preferred). Read on for more information.

We ask that our volunteers:

  • Be on time.
  • Be positive, helpful and friendly.
  • Be responsible

Here is some information on eligibility requirements for these shifts:

  • You must be 17 or older to usher alone
  • If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 you must come with a parent or guardian and they must usher with you.
  • You must be able to walk and climb a few stairs to get into the venue.
  • You must be comfortable standing for long periods of time.

Dress Code: All volunteers are asked to wear comfortable, sturdy clothing and shoes. Please wear appropriate black. Clothes should be casual and comfortable, but tidy. No open-heeled shoes allowed.

Call Time and Training: Please arrive at the theater at your report time, ready to work. When you arrive, please let the box office associate know you are an usher. Cal Shakes depends on your being on time to your ushering shift. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will not be permitted to usher and it will count as a no-show. After two no-shows, you will not be allowed to return as an usher. You will be trained in your duties for the night by the box office associate or their designated substitute. Please consult with any staffer if you have any questions or encounter a situation you cannot handle.

Before, During and After the Performance: After checking in, you will go through a brief orientation with the box office associate and assigned to a position. Please do the job asked of you until the curtain speech begins. While ushering, please do not eat, drink or chew gum.Please leave any valuables at home.

General Policies:

  • All shifts must be scheduled in advance. Please do not show up unannounced.>
  • A volunteer usher who drinks, or leaves without cleaning up at the end of the performance will not be allowed to return.
  • Cal Shakes reserves the right to turn away any volunteer usher.

Interested? Contact Jamie Buschbaum at jbuschbaum@calshakes.org or call 510.548.3422 (email strongly preferred).

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Hsu

Sam Hsu

Sam two-timing us as a volunteer at the Episcopal Community Services SummerTini event.

Sam is a longtime volunteer usher at the Bruns Amphitheater. He’s originally from Taiwan but he now lives in Fremont and claims to have the ability to “nap anywhere.” Sam is an active volunteer at several other Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Volunteering at Cal Shakes is, according to Sam, participating in “outreach to the community and four fun-filled weeknights during the extended summer months.”

Read on to learn more about Sam!

Describe a memorable experience you’ve had volunteering at Cal Shakes. I was selling raffle tickets and interrupting patrons’ dinners, and a few of them offered me food! Of course I graciously accepted.

Do you have any special holiday plans? What kind of holiday traditions does your family like to do in celebration? Well, we’re Asian, so the tradition is to go out and eat. But this year I’m taking mom to visit some of the grandkids at Disneyworld.​

What play—or plays— are you most looking forward to seeing at Cal Shakes in 2014? I’d have to say A Raisin in the Sun and Pygmalion because the non-Shakespeare plays seem just a little bit special in this context, and they’ve always been great fun.​

Who would you cast to play yourself in the movie of your life? Jackie Chan…Underlying almost everything I do is a bit of slapstick and humor, and a touch of cluelessness.

Sam, thank you for being an important part of our Cal Shakes family!

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.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lynn Sims

Lynn Sims is a native of Boise, Idaho, but for the past six years she has called the Bay Area (Alameda) her home. She’s served as a volunteer at Cal Shakes for three years and has helped out at the Cal Shakes office, our annual gala, and the opening nights of Lady Windermere’s Fan and Romeo and Juliet. She even manned the Cal Shakes booth at Solano Stroll and the San Francisco Gay Pride Celebration.

Read on to learn more about Lynn and her experience working in theater and her travels to the Caribbean.

Lynn Sims

Lynn Sims

What do you like about volunteering at Cal Shakes? One of my most memorable experiences I’ve had volunteering at Cal Shakes is when visiting with Dan Hiatt (a Cal Shakes Associate Artist). We were both members of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (ISF) for a season in the early ’90s.  

For many years I did technical theater work at the community level and spent three years with ISF. My schedule doesn’t allow me to do that type of work anymore but I enjoy being connected to the theater world.  I find working with Cal Shakes is very similar to ISF. I have been very impressed with the company and have felt very at home.

How do you spend your time when you’re not helping out Cal Shakes? I work for the Department of Agriculture and moved to San Francisco from Idaho six years ago to take the job.  I’ve enjoyed all the Bay Area has to offer including the arts, cultural and sporting events—not to mention the beautiful weather.  

What’s one of your special talents? I’m a great event planner. 

If you could be a character in any play you’ve seen at Cal Shakes, who would it be and in which production? Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

What’s one the most exciting things you’ve done this year? I spent a week earlier this year in St. Martin in the northeast Caribbean. It was lovely.  

Lynn, thank you for being an important part of our Cal Shakes family! 

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.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Trish Hare

Vounteer Trish Hare

Volunteer Trish Hare double-timing us at some other outdoor venue.

This is Trish’s eighth season volunteering with Cal Shakes. She serves as an usher, passes out programs, sells raffle tickets, and helps out in our office.  She first started enjoying Cal Shakes’ productions in John Hinkel Park.

Read on to learn more about Trish and her family and recent travels.

Where are you from, and why do you love Cal Shakes? I’m originally from a small town in Connecticut.  During my college years I lived in Massachusetts before moving to Berkeley in 1980.  There is no place like the Bay Area; I’m having too much fun with family, friends, and projects while also volunteering for great venues like Cal Shakes. 

Cal Shakes brings such a wide variety of top notch plays to our community.  Their productions transport me to another world where I enjoy the delights of the brilliant actors, imaginative stage sets, and exotic costumes.  Cal Shakes richly satisfies and rewards its audience with the pleasures of the stage.

One very memorable evening I was selling raffle tickets with my friend Ed who holds a degree in theater arts. We were able to sell the most tickets that I have ever sold.  I explained the great programs that Cal Shakes offers to school-age children and he talked about how the theater experience fosters learning in and beyond the arts.  I think we sold over $350 in tickets that night. 

Ah, but another great experience was driving the golf cart from the ticket booth to the theater, bringing those that can’t walk the path to the theater area.  It was in early October and it was the night of one of the presidential debates.  Talk about conversations!  Then, at the last minute I was asked to be ready to pick up one of the actors who was running late. We had a most animated and hysterical conversation about politicians and Shakespeare’s take on politics.  Now that was a memorable experience!

Most often I volunteer for handing out playbills because I enjoy talking to people and helping them have an enjoyable experience at the play.  I also sell raffle tickets, usher, and do whatever is needed to prepare for the performance.  I worked at a student matinee and saw children really get excited about understanding the play.  What really was great was to see a student “get” how incredible Shakespeare’s work is and hear them talk about how it relates to our present day. 

If you could be a character in any play you’ve seen at Cal Shakes, who would it be and in which production?  I think I’d like to be your Titania, Queen of the Fairies,  from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Cal Shakes adorned her in flowing, colorful, fanciful costumes that were mesmerizing. 

What’s one the most exciting things you’ve done this year?  This year has been incredible.  In April I traveled with my daughter around Jordan, Sri Lanka, and United Arab Emirates.  I retired a month ago from a fulfilling 30+ year career.  So, now that I have time, I am volunteering through AARP’s Experience Corps where I’ll take part in a literacy program to help Oakland kindergarten through 3rd-graders build reading skills. 

Trish, thank you for being an important part of our Cal Shakes family!

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.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Cormac Kelly

Cormac KellyCormac is a sophomore at Bishop O’Dowd High School and this is his second season volunteering at Cal Shakes. Volunteering primarily at the Bruns, Cormac has sold raffle tickets, distributed programs and blankets, and helped audience members participate with the Triangle Lab.

When asked what was the most exciting thing he’s recently done, Cormac replied: “Participating in the reenactment commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg with my father. This took place in Pennsylvania with 15,000 other re-enactors in the scorching heat and rain over the course of 5 days.”

Read on to learn more about Cormac and his special talents, summer vacation, and what his dream Shakespearean role is.

Where are you from? I was born and am being raised in Oakland. This is an adventure in itself. I have two younger sisters, one is 10 the other is 13.  They bicker when they play, which continues to confound me.  My father, a former journalist, runs our family packaging business.  My mother is in charge of design and marketing for our business and is a gifted photographer.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Time is spent reading historic fiction, history and practicing French.  I just completed The Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield about the Spartans at Thermopylae, which I loved.  Presently, I have the good fortune of writing this from the base of the French Alps.  Life is good.

Do you volunteer anywhere else? I also volunteer at Fort Point, a Civil War-era fort beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

What’s one of your special talents? Speak any languages? Play any musical instruments or sportsI am gradually learning French, enjoy narrative storytelling, am blessed with a strong memory, and have a sense of humor.  I can write a good essay if it’s about something I like. I can do an excellent Virginia reel.  Also, I love European history and Shakespearean theater.  As for talents, they’re still evolving.

If you could be a character in any play you’ve seen at Cal Shakes, who would it be and in which production?  Charles Condomine in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

Cormac, thank you for being an important part of our Cal Shakes family! 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.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ellie Raissi

Ellie RaissiEllie is a Bay Area native, born and raised, and this is her third season volunteering at Cal Shakes. A volunteer of all trades, Ellie helps out in the administrative office and out at the Bruns. “I always associate Cal Shakes with summer,” says Ellie. “For a Shakespeare nerd like me, there’s nothing better than seeing a great summer production of one of his plays in an amazing outdoor space.”

Ellie is a valuable member of our Cal Shakes family and we’re happy to introduce her to all of you! Read on to learn more about Ellie, her not-so-fat cat, her organizational talents, and how Ira Glass cracks her up.

Describe a memorable experience you’ve had volunteering at Cal Shakes: One time I volunteered to make buttons in the Cal Shakes offices. I needed a mat board for the project, and this really nice staffer helped me hunt for one. She wound up taking me on an impromptu tour of the building. I’d never been beyond the front office, so it was really cool to see where the amazing props and costumes in Cal Shakes’ productions were made. 

What’s a typical volunteer shift like for you? When I volunteer as an usher, one of my favorite tasks is to organize the chairs that patrons will pick up before going into the theater. The chairs are usually stacked on top of each other in a big jumbled mass, and sometimes it can be hard for patrons to quickly grab the number they need. But I’ve worked this volunteer job enough times to know the most common group numbers—like a couple who will ask for two chairs or a family who will ask for four. So l try to stack the chairs in easy-to-grab groupings, neatly arranged in rows, that makes the process a lot easier and faster. I also like to put out the nicest chairs in front so early birds get a benefit. 

How do you spend your time when you’re not helping out Cal Shakes? In addition to volunteering with Cal Shakes, I volunteer as an usher with Cal Performances, which I actually learned about from another Cal Shakes volunteer. And before I graduated in May, I did a lot of tutoring with young kids. My favorite organizations are 826 Valencia, Reading Partners, and Stories to Go. 

When not volunteering, I can be found at my local used book store, the Friends Corner Book Shop. I love to hang out with my friends, discover new coffee shops in the Bay Area, and watch unhealthy amounts of televisionmy current favorites are Suits and Covert Affairs.

What’s one of your special talents? Speak any languages? Play any musical instruments or sports? I have a freakish talent for cleaning and organizing. Nothing makes me happier than to bring order to chaos, especially the chaos of people’s closets. I single-handedly cleaned and organized every closet, cabinet, drawer, and storage space in my dorm room, apartment, parent’s house, and grandmother’s house. I love to clear out clutterone of my favorite parts of the show Hoarders is when the cleaning crews throw out all the junk!      

If you could be a character in any play you’ve seen at Cal Shakes, who would it be and in which production? I would be Elvira from Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, which I saw last season at Cal Shakes. Not only was the play hilarious, but Elvira was super entertaining as the dead and vengeful first wife who comes back to haunt her husband and his second wife. Fortunately, I’m not the vengeful sort, but it might be fun to wreak a little harmless havoc on my friends’ lives.  

What’s one the most exciting things you’ve done this year? I saw Ira Glass at Cal Performances, and he just blew me away with his amazing storytelling skills. I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard.

Do you have any pets? I have a formerly fat cat named Chubby.

Tell us about your family. I have a big extended family in the Bay Area, with lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. I’m especially close to my maternal grandmother, who loves to cook and who has tried repeatedly, with a lot of love and more than a little frustration, to teach me. (We’re still working on making rice.)

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.

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Volunteer Scoops the Scoop!

Volunteer Zoe Halsne attended the Inside Scoop for Lady Windermere’s Fan and submitted this review about the event.

Inside Scoop panelists (from L-R): Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly, actor Emily Kitchens (Lady Windermere), Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone; photo by Jay Yamada. (Not shown: set designer Annie Smart)

Inside Scoop panelists (from L-R): Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly, actor Emily Kitchens (Lady Windermere), Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone; photo by Jay Yamada. (Not shown: set designer Annie Smart)

On Monday, July 29, I attended my first-ever Cal Shakes Inside Scoop—for Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan—at the Orinda Public Library. In addition to this event, I confess I did not know much about the play itself. However, I quickly became enthused about it after chatting to longtime California Shakespeare Theater-goer, Joan. She told me that, despite the unusually long line for the ice cream, she was looking forward to Lady Windermere’s Fan, especially as a feminist.

Indeed, after the Q&A, it was clear the mere 24 hours of Lady Windermere’s life covered in the play portrays a significant change in a young woman, while simultaneously providing comedic elements. It produces a sense of independence and disillusionment and, despite my disappointing lack of Oscar Wilde exposure in high school, I could relate the description of the themes of the play to other stories like Zora Neale Hurston’s bildungsroman novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Or, as was mentioned during the Q&A, there are even similarities between the struggles of Hamlet and those of Lady Windermere.

Lady Windermere's FanIt was also interesting just to hear how this particular production was put together. Emily Kitchens, who plays Lady Windermere, actually auditioned for the role over video while she was with her mother in Georgia. She went on to describe her personal process for dissecting the script including determining the distinctions between producing a sense of realism versus a sense of melodrama. Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone also mentioned the additional difficulties with speaking with 19th-century British mannerisms.

One audience member asked why the production wasn’t adapted to another time period, like the theater often does with Shakespeare plays. Moscone said it would be possible to set the play in decades like the 1950s (and he had even seen a 1930s version once) but for several reasons they decided not to—one of which is the love for the costumes. “You can flirt like nobody’s business,” Set Designer Annie Smart said, pointing out the enormous poof the skirt had on the costume’s backside.

Lady Agatha's act 2 costume

Costume designer Meg Neville's sketch for the Act 2 costume of Lady Agatha, played by Rami Margron.

Though the production is definitely not set in the 21st or even the 20th century, Smart admitted that the costumes are not entirely designed based on when the play originally takes place, for good reason. The true attire of the play’s age would require a tiny waist of about 17 inches, and actors have an understandable need for access to their diaphragm.

Besides a mannequin sporting one of the female costumes from the production, there was also a model of the stage’s set design on display in the front of the auditorium. Smart described how even something as simple as a living room was difficult to replicate for this specific stage, especially when there was a need for several niches within the set, in order for the characters to be able to share secrets without other onstage characters “hearing” those secrets.

I felt informed and excited after hearing the background of Lady Windermere’s Fan directly from the some of the creative team and cast as well as other theater enthusiasts. It sounds like a fantastic production of a universal story (though with rather fixed societal standards), and I can’t wait to see it! Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Christopher Liam Moore, is on stage from August 14 to September 8. The next Inside Scoop is for A Winter’s Tale on September 9.

Thanks, Zoe! 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Georgia & Don Lee

Georgia and Don Lee are a fixture in the Cal Shakes volunteer corps. They’ve volunteered with us since our very first season at the Bruns, in 1991. They reside in Oakland and lead an active life of theater-going, traveling, dancing, and supporting the SF Giants. They volunteer at our Inside Scoops—panel discussions with Jonathan Moscone, production directors, and Philippa Kelly—at the Orinda Library and as volunteer ushers at the Bruns.

Volunteers Georgia & Don Lee

Volunteers Georgia & Don Lee

How do you both spend your time when you are not at Cal Shakes? Georgia is still working part-time, working at least two days a week. Don is an avid Giants baseball fan and enjoys following their games. We also do folk dancing and square dancing (although not as much as in years gone by). We also “do” a lot of theater, ushering at various venues in the Bay Area.

Where have you traveled to in the last few years? Georgia made a trip to Africa in 2011 and enjoyed seeing all the wild animals in their natural habitat and also visited Victoria Falls. In the past, we’ve also visited Iguassu Falls. Other trips included Antarctica, the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, countries in South America, China, Russia, and European countries, among others.

What does Cal Shakes mean to you? Cal Shakes provides fantastic entertainment value to its patrons.  The staff and performers are a very friendly and talented community!

Thank you, Georgia & Don!

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 sjackson@calshakes.org.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Zoe Halsne

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!

Zoe Halsne

Special Events Volunteer Zoe Halsne

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.

Thanks, Zoe!

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 sjackson@calshakes.org.

 

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Volunteerapalooza!

This week at Cal Shakes is pretty amazing on the volunteer front. We’ve got ushers out at the Bruns every performance day—up to 15 of them! We’ve got two great new volunteers, Dave and Lahdan, helping out in the office on a database project and a mailing, respectively.

The big things this week in Artistic Learning are the Conservatory performance days—Friday and Saturday. We have some great mother-daughter teams from the National Charity League helping out as ushers and box office at the Bentley School in Lafayette.

Last but certainly not least, we have our Simpson Center Open House this Saturday from 10-3— we have six great people helping our patrons take a tour of our new building at the Bruns. The chance to drive the golf cart was a huge draw; we ended up turning away more volunteers than we needed for this rare behind the scenes glance at the theater.

Interested in volunteering? Click shiftboard.com/calshakes 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.

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