Our dedicated team of volunteer ushers play a key role in our goal of providing the very best service to our guests. Volunteers should be interested in the performing arts, have superior customer service skills, and be willing and able to work as part of a great team of other volunteers and staff members.
About the Program
One of our primary goals at Texas Performing Arts is to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable and memorable experience at our events. Whether scanning tickets, handing out programs, greeting incoming patrons or assisting guests in finding their seats, our volunteers are the public face of Texas Performing Arts.
Volunteering requires a commitment to work a minimum of 15 different events per season (September through August), with events ranging from student performances, to international touring bands and dance groups, to UT Commencement Ceremonies, to Broadway spectaculars, and everything in between. All volunteers must be willing and able to work every possible usher position in any and all of our venues across campus. Volunteers occasionally have to stand for long periods of time and must be comfortable ascending and descending stairs. Community volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
- Hands-on experience working at world-class performing arts venues
- A chance to meet people in Austin who also love and support the arts
- The opportunity to see performances when working a shift, although this perk is never guaranteed
“Although I thoroughly enjoy the range of plays, musicals, and concerts offered at Bass and the other UT performing arts venues, my primary reason for volunteering is I enjoy serving the public. And while service opportunities abound in Central Texas, I stay at Texas Performing Arts simply because I feel appreciated by the staff and the public we serve. Thank you for all the extra effort!” – Jen M.
“Our team at Bass is strong, effective and hard-working, with just the right amount of fun. Our patrons and House Managers appreciate us and make us feel both essential and welcome. It’s a real pleasure being a part of the Texas Performing Arts team!” – Sally W.
“I've been ushering for more than 20 years because I love theater. There are so many different forms - plays, musicals, concerts, comedians, lectures, etc. They all have something to offer - sometimes philosophy, sometimes laughter, sometimes views on life from an angle that cause me to think differently. It's very rewarding.” – Pam M.
“We come back because we love working with all the other ushers and house managers, and we love being able to see new shows, especially shows that we might not have thought about seeing otherwise. It's great to see the diversity in the guests that come to the shows, talking with them, and seeing how excited they are for the evening. It really has opened our eyes to a whole new world!” – Maria & Bill W.
Join the Team
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Texas Performing Arts!
Because of the current situation in our country, we will not be hosting New Usher Interviews and New Usher Trainings until further notice. Thank you for your understanding during these very unpredictable and uncertain times. Once we decide to resume Volunteer Recruitment, we will post that information here.
Please stay safe and healthy!
Please direct all questions to:
Sarah Andrews, Guest Services Manager & Volunteer Coordinator