Volunteer with Chicago Fringe Festival

How I Volunteer:

Applications are now live for the 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival! Check the information below to familiarize yourself with each position. Are there one or two that you think you’d do well at? Are you willing to work wherever needed?

Once you have an idea of what you’d like to do with the festival, fill out the link right HERE to apply for the volunteer corps.


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To ask questions: volunteers@chicagofringe.org.

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Ways You Can Help:

If you love the arts and theatre and are looking for new and exciting ways to get involved in the Chicago Arts community, you have come to the right place! If you consider yourself a dedicated, responsible, flexible, and organized person with strong communication skills, we’d love your help!

CFF utilizes volunteers with a wide array of skill sets and work experiences. You have a place on our team! Some of your job possibilities include: (Dates reflect the 2016 Festival.)

Front of House:

  • Venue Managers lead the front-of-house team. VMs ensure that shows remain on schedule by managing crowds – helping audiences move through the ticket buying, ticket taking and seating process – and coordinating with Stage Managers and artists. They assist with special seating requirements and other customer service needs. Before each show, VMs make a welcome/turn off your cellphones speech. Between shows VMs ensure the venue front of house is set and reset. VMs will also be accountable for unlocking and locking up their venue every day and for completing sales reports at the end of each show.VMs are highly encouraged to volunteer for a minimum of five shifts.
  • Venue Box Office Team sells tickets and buttons, distributes will call tickets and reconciles the box office and attendance counts after each show. Members of the Box Office Team should be comfortable with computers, counting and handling cash, multitasking and working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Main Box Office Team sells advance ticket sales, merchandise and ticket packages at the Main Box Office/Fringe Central. Main Box Officers should be comfortable with computers, counting and handling cash and multitasking.
  • KidsFringe volunteers will help create art projects and facilitate fun and fringe-y games. Volunteers will help with running booths, assisting with workshops, and helping out the the general upkeep of Kids Fringe Central.
  • Fringe Centralities help at Fringe Central, the official location of hanging out, networking, ticketing, eating and drinking at CFF. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: chair/table set up, sidewalk chalking, clean up, trash removal, taking food orders/food distribution, site monitoring, checking ID’s, distributing wristbands and general “watchfulness” for safety. Centralites also help to direct patrons to venues and answer general questions about the upcoming performances.
  • Fringe Runners transport paperwork, updates, needed items and more between the venues.
  • Street Team members are stationed at key locations near the festival to answer questions (the who, what, when, where, and why) about the festival, direct arriving patrons to the festival, etc. Street team members should be prepared for the weather (this is an outdoor position), comfortable standing for a couple of hours, and relatively social and outgoing. Street team will also be distributing flyers during the festival.
  • Festival Spirit Society help to build the festival atmosphere at Fringe Central and throughout the festival. We are looking for unusual talents – sidewalk chalks, face painters, unicyclists, fringe, jugglers, and more! If you want to help shape the festival atmosphere in a creative way, this is the position for you. You could lead fringe yoga. Or host a t-shirt cutting session. Or…
  • Photographers help to document the Fringe by taking pictures of CFF techs before the festival, along with shows and events during the festival itself.

From Home:

  • Host an Artist: If you have a spare bedroom, futon or couch and enjoy company, consider hosting an out-of-town artist! It’s easy and fun. It will also provide great opportunities to meet other community-minded theatre people.

Behind The Scenes

  • Stage Managers are assigned to a venue for the duration of the festival. They run tech rehearsals and performances. They also act as board operators on sound, projection and lighting equipment, working closely with the group to make sure setup and tear down happens in the allotted time frame. It is best that VSMs are in some way familiar with sound, projection and lighting equipment/operation. Most festival equipment is basic and not all venues are equipped with a projector. There are typically two VSMs assigned to the venue. VSMs work closely with Venue Manager.
  • Jacks Of All Trades report to the Volunteer Hub and fill in where needed – delivering programs or box office reports, helping with crowd control, covering a missed shift or giving the Venue/Stage Manager a break. Cellphone required. Car a plus.
  • Setup/Take-Down Volunteers help setup all venues in advance of the festival and help to strike all venues after the Festival has closed. It is best that Setup/Tear-down Volunteers can lift heavy objects, are comfortable with power tools and are willing to get a little dirty. Understanding of theatrical builds and strikes a plus. Setup: Aug. 24-31. Tear-down: Sept. 11-13.
  • Setup/Take-Down Drivers drive festival setup and take-down materials to their intended location so that setup/take-down crew does not have to stop working to do so. Cellphone and car required. Truck/large vehicle a plus. Setup:Aug. 24-31. Tear-down: Sept. 11-13.

Please note: All festival volunteers will be required to attend a Volunteer Training Session.

And again, the link to apply is RIGHT HERE!

We hope you will join us in 2017!

Join The Board

The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) is seeking new board members. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in helping to grow an upstart arts-oriented 501(c)3 organization within an established model. Board members assist with festival advocacy and annual fundraising efforts. Candidates must also attend quarterly meetings, select special events and the annual festival in first two weeks of September.

Highly Preferred: Familiarity with CFF and/or the North American Fringe Festival model. Experience in real estate/facilities, nonprofit board administration, accounting or technology and data management.

Interested persons should email info@chicagofringe.com