Become an Usher

Our volunteer ushers make up the largest part of the theater’s staff and, after the actors, are the staff members most visible to the public. As an usher, you are often the first face a patron sees when attending a play at Arena Stage. Ushers are responsible for the comfort, safety and overall experience of up to 1200 people each time they are here. Ushers are assigned to all productions in the Kreeger Theater and in the Fichandler Stage. Ushers are also assigned to productions in the Kogod Cradle when there is space available. As an usher, you contribute personally to Arena Stage’s professional reputation by making every patron feel welcome and by doing all you can to make their time with us pleasant and memorable.


  • Volunteers receive complimentary ticket offers to Arena Stage shows
  • Invitations to special staff and audience enrichment events
  • An invitation to the Annual Usher Appreciation party
  • An opportunity to attend Arena Stage productions for free
  • Discounted parking in our on-site parking garage

To learn more about the duties and requirements of ushers, please review our evening at a glance.


Ready to become an Arena Stage Usher?

Please read our standards and agreement then click the button below!

Arena Stage Volunteer Standards:

Volunteers are expected to exhibit professional work habits including but not limited to being on time, following Arena Stage workplace policies, arriving prepared for shifts, being responsive and following through on house manager requests. Volunteers are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. Volunteers should exhibit a positive attitude in relation with patrons, fellow volunteers and staff.

Arena Stage Volunteer Agreement:

I understand that volunteering is a choice and that Arena Stage may have to reassign me or let me go as a volunteer if it is determined that I am not a good fit or if I behave in a manner that does not represent Arena Stage well. I also understand that confidential and proprietary information of Arena Stage is the property of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater and, if given a volunteer position, I agree that such information will remain confidential during and after my tenure as an Arena Stage volunteer.

By clicking the button below, you agree to these volunteer standards.

Become an Usher