Volunteer through the Guild
Guild Members serve as volunteer ushers for the shows.
As our patrons enter the theatre, ushers take tickets, distribute programs, and assist guests to their seats. Training is available prior to the performance.
Martha Rutherford: Past Co-President of the TSF Guild
Greeters welcome audience members as they enter the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center and assist in directing guests to the ticket office, Stratford Room, restrooms, or theatre entrance.
Admiring the items available in the Stratford Room.
During each performance, the Stratford Room is open to provide the Festival patrons an opportunity to purchase gifts and food items. Volunteers assist the Festival staff by working behind the counter to help with bagging gift items or by selling coffee and other concession items in the theatre lobby before the show and during intermission
TSF Company enjoys the pool at the Meadow Brook Country Club in Longview.
The Company works 13 hours a day, Tuesday through Sunday, and Monday is their only day off. In order to provide entertainment and a much-needed diversion, area citizens have generously hosted barbecues, fish frys, skeet shoots,
Company members enjoying the beautiful backyard pool at Don and Lynn Well's home in Longview.
and horseback riding for the Company. Because of the extreme summer heat, water plays an important part in the success of the Monday events, so lake outings or swim parties are particularly successful.
Adopt-An-Artist-Dinner at Nina Fern Nichols home in Kilgore.
Individuals or families “adopt” two or more Company members for the evening by inviting them to their homes or out to a restaurant for dinner. Both the host and the artists have a great time getting acquainted, and the warm home atmosphere is a real treat for the Company member.
On the Monday after the closing performance, the TSF Guild bids the company a fond farewell by providing dinner for them on Strike Day. The Strike Dinner provides a way for the Guild members to express their appreciation to the Company.
Kay Carter and Betsy Moore with welcome baskets for the TSF Company.
Upon checking into his/her dorm room, each Company member is greeted by a special “hospitality basket.” The baskets include such things as note pads, snacks, trial-size toiletries, pens, pencils, and highlighters. The items are purchased by the Guild, and are assembled by volunteers.
The Texas Shakespeare Festival Foundation and Guild members provide breakfast Tuesday through Sunday for the company members. Items such as breakfast casseroles, home baked muffins, or other breakfast items are donated.
The TSF Foundation and Guild, and the TSF offices send out a number of mailings to members, potential audience, and general public to ensure the success of the Festival. Volunteers help fold, stuff, and label the newsletters and brochures that are mailed.
TSF Guild Newsletter
Volunteers are needed to assist with the TSF Guild Newsletter, The Stratford Tribune. Interest in or a background in writing or journalism is welcomed.
The Festival is always in need of items such as vintage clothing, costume jewelry, small furniture, and almost anything that can be used in costuming, props, or scenery. Other donations such as builder’s supplies and gift cards are always welcome.
If you would like to volunteer in any of these opportunities, please contact John Dodd or Raymond Caldwell using this contact link.