Volunteer With Imagination Stage

Volunteer Ushers


Imagination Stage depends on volunteers to serve the many patrons who pass through our doors. Our Ushers perform some of the most important jobs on behalf of Imagination Stage, including greeting our patrons, collecting their tickets, helping them to their seats and ensuring that every experience they have at Imagination Stage helps us meet our mission of helping all young people discover their voice and identity through performing arts education and professional theatre.


Imagination Stage celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values members of our whole community. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Who Can Volunteer as an Usher? 

Everyone! Ushering is open to all ages* and abilities. Here are just some kinds of volunteer ushers:

Family Volunteer Program

Instill in your children a love for giving back to the community! Families can serve as volunteer ushers together.  From handing out programs to taking tickets, we have many tasks that even our youngest ushers can help with. Plus, families will be able to stay and see the show together.

Student Service Learning (SSL) Hours

MCPS students can earn student service learning (SSL) hours by ushering at Imagination Stage. Easy, flexible, and fun, this is the perfect opportunity to meet this requirement while giving back. Students will experience first-hand what it’s like to work in guest experiences for a professional theatre and educational institution.

Senior Citizens

Volunteering at Imagination Stage is a perfect intergenerational activity. The Imagination Stage family is for ages 1-101 and many of our senior volunteers bond over the chance to help a child at their first experience at the theatre.

Groups, Scouts, and Business Volunteers

Have a group that wants to volunteer together?  Let us know! Ushering is a great team-building service activity. Group volunteers are recognized at the theatre making volunteering a great way to help promote your brand in the community.

 *A parent, guardian, or group chaperone must accompany volunteers under the age of 15.

About Ushering 

When are Usher Shifts?

Most usher shifts are during the day on Saturdays and Sundays; summer shifts include weekdays, Tuesday through Friday. Shifts start an hour prior to show time. Shows are typically at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 10:30 a.m. during the weekday in the summer. Occasional evening hours are also available.


What is the Usher Dress Code?

All black with closed-toed shoes.


How can I sign up or get more information?

Fill out this form below and the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with our current schedule and needs. If you have further questions, please contact Courtney Cavallo

Benefits of Volunteer Ushering

  • The joy of helping hundreds of kids and families experience live theatre!
  • See the show for FREE during your shift.
  • Earn 1.5 tickets per usher shift that can be used to come back to see the show again as a guest or see an additional show at Imagination Stage.
  • Tickets can also be given to family and friends.
  • Flexibility! Take one shift occasionally or come weekly.


Courtney Cavallo
Apprentice and Volunteer Coordinator

[email protected]