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Volunteer with ArtStream

ArtStream is searching for high school and adult volunteers! Volunteering with ArtStream is fun and rewarding. Plus volunteers are eligible for SSL hours

Class Volunteers

ArtStream is searching for high school and adult volunteers to join our inclusive theatre classes! Inclusive Theatre Classses are offered for adult actors with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Volunteers will learn acting and communication skills alongside. No acting experience necessary - we just want you to be the best participant you can! No experience working with adults with disabilities is required either.

All ArtStream classes are held in a safe, supportive environment and taught by trained professionals. ArtStream class volunteers will be supported and safe at all times.

For more info, please contact us at volunteers@art-stream.org.

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On-Stage Mentors

ArtStream is looking for volunteers of all ages to act as on-stage mentors for our 2013 Inclusive Theatre productions in Arlington, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Raleigh.

Inclusive Theatre Companies are scripted acting companies featuring adults with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and adults on the Autism Spectrum The Companies are directed by trained theatre professionals. An original script is developed during the rehearsal process through improvisation techniques.

Classes and companies meet once weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Mentors are the unsung heroes of these productions.  They keep the dialogue flowing and the energy up. They act as a safety net to help keep our actors on task during rehearsals and highly confident onstage.  Mentors are sometimes paired with actors with special needs (an arm for a woman who is visually impaired to hold on to) or actors with heavy onstage responsibilities (acting as a sounding board for the main character, repeating important lines so the audience understands).  Mentors are always their own characters onstage and take on their own responsibilities backstage as well.  No prior experience with the disabled community is required.  This volunteer opportunity is a unique combination of improvisation, new play development, acting and disabilities counseling.

For more info, please contact us at volunteers@art-stream.org.

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Backstage Tech Volunteers

ArtStream needs volunteers interested in technical theatre to help run the technical aspects of our Inclusive shows.  Specific needs will be posted as they arise.

For more info, please contact us at volunteers@art-stream.org.

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Front of House Vounteers

ArtStream parents and friends are welcome to volunteer to help with Front of House responsibilities for the performances.  Responsibilities include box office, concessions and merchandise.

For more info, please contact us at volunteers@art-stream.org.

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Volunteer Testimonials

Alex, High School Volunteer

I began working with ArtStream as a backstage assistant in the spring of 2006. My closest friend, Michael, has worked with the company from the beginning. I decided to volunteer with the spring acting class. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to assist for the spring and summer classes. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the actors and the instructor, Nicolette. I am disappointed that I did not start working with the company earlier.

Isaiah, Volunteer

The most powerful and potent art finds a way to actively engage and grow community. As a young artist, it is critical to seek opportunities that support personal and professional maturation. My time volunteering with the talented artists of ArtStream has been a highlight in my career. Sensitive, caring, and supportive, the team brings an unparalleled passion to their students and their teaching. Rehearsing with the group was often a highlight in my week because of the sheer joy and excitement shared amongst the ensemble. My time volunteering continues to sustain me as I strive to grow as an artist. Many thanks to Nicolette, Patti W., Patti K. for welcoming me warmly into the Artstream family.

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