Class exercises. Photo by Patricia Woolsey.


ArtStream welcomes adult and teen volunteers (ages 13+; rising 9th grade) for both one-time and ongoing opportunities in drama and social skills classes, Inclusive Theatre Companies, special events and at the ArtStream office. All volunteers must complete the volunteer application, meet the minimum age requirement, and be willing to donate at least 10 hours of service to ArtStream. Volunteers are eligible for SSL hours and will receive training. Please email volunteers@art-stream.org with any questions.

How to Get Started:

  1. Review volunteer positions – find the right fit for you!
  2. Complete the volunteer application online
  3. ArtStream will contact you to discuss your application.
    • Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email in your inbox
  4. Review orientation materials before attending your first assignment.

“The experiences I had not only brightened my day every rehearsal, but also made me think harder about the way I approach challenges, solve problems, and interact with others. In short, I believe my time with ArtStream has made me a better human.” — Eliza Malakoff, Inclusive Theatre Company Volunteer Mentor

Opportunities Available

Class Mentors

Mentor adult participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) — including autism — during ArtStream drama skills classes, Social Club meetings, or Super Social Saturday workshops. Activities may include improv, acting, singing and dancing. ArtStream classes are designed to teach communication, social and teamwork skills through the arts. Volunteers assist with set up and clean up, being “the best participant they can be” and serving as positive role models with participants. Classes are taught by professional teaching artists.

  • Dates, times, and locations vary throughout the year (see link for class opportunities below)
  • Weekly classes
    • Range from 4-14 weeks at a time
    • Occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings; most classes run from 7:00-8:30 pm, others run 4:30-6:00 pm
    • Maryland locations include Silver Spring, North Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Germantown
    • Virginia locations include Arlington, Fairfax, and Oakton
    • Commitment: Varies by class length; volunteers who sign up to be a class mentor are expected to be available for the full duration of the class
  • Monthly Classes
    • Range once a month for 2 – 12 months
    • Typically occur on weekend afternoons
      • Super Social Saturday in Germantown: Saturdays (4:30 – 7:00 pm, monthly)
      • Super Social Saturday in Oakton: Saturdays (3:30 – 6:00 pm, monthly)
      • Music and Movement in North Bethesda: Sundays (3:00 – 4:00 pm, monthly)
  • Need more details? See our calendar for up to date class schedules.

Onstage Mentors for Inclusive Performing Company

Mentor one to four adult actors with IDD as they create and perform an original show!

Inclusive Theatre Companies (ITC)

Actors develop original characters and plots based on their own ideas. A play is scripted then blocked, memorized by the actors and performed for the public. The final production is designed to showcase each actor’s unique talents.

Each ITC is led by a professional team and supported by volunteer mentors. Mentors perform their own role in the show, and are responsible for supporting their partner actors’ both on and offstage. Mentors must know all of their partner actors’ cues and lines. Volunteers must serve as a class mentor before participating with an ITC.

  • Commitment: weekly for 24 weeks, plus two weeks of evening and weekend matinee rehearsals and performances
  • Fall – spring opportunities
    • Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Gaithersburg (rehearsals begin October 17) and Silver Spring, MD (rehearsals begin December 5)
    • Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Arlington, VA (rehearsals begin August 31) 
Cabaret Company

Actors follow their performance passions to create a short act that challenges their creativity and showcases their interests. The final show is performed cabaret-style and includes music, dancing, comedy, and original scenes.

The Cabaert Company is led by a professional team and supported by volunteer mentors. Mentors perform with or coach actors to make their act the best it can be.

  • Commitment: weekly for 20 weeks
  • Spring opportunities
    • Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Silver Spring, MD (rehearsals begin March 5)

Backstage Assistants and Board Operators

Assist with scene changes, or run a sound or light board during the two week performance run of an ArtStream Inclusive Theatre original musical.

  • Commitment: one week of evening tech rehearsals, and 4 – 6 weekday evening and weekend matinee performances
  • Spring opportunities
    • Schedule varies by location
    • Arlington, VA; Gaithersburg and Silver Spring, MD

Front of House Assistants

Assist with ticket sales, merchandise sales, or concessions during ArtStream’s Inclusive Theatre Company performances.

  • Commitment: 4 hours per performance
  • Spring opportunities
    • Thursday or Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday afternoon
    • Arlington, VA; Gaithersburg and Silver Spring, MD



Assist with setup, clean up, check in, raffle ticket sales, displays, coat check, greeting and event logistics. Additional opportunities to serve on the Gala Committee are available.

  • Commitment: 2 – 8 hours
  • Gala date: October 2018


ArtStream Headquarters

Assist with costume shop maintenance, mailings, data entry — everything that keeps a busy office humming!

  • Commitment: 2 – 4 hours per week
  • Year-round opportunities
    • Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in Chevy Chase, MD