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Class exercises. Photo by Patricia Woolsey.

Volunteer

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.

How to Get Started:
  1. Review volunteer positions – find the right fit for you!
  2. Complete the volunteer application
  1. ArtStream will contact you to discuss your application.
  2. Attend an orientation and training session (May 1, 7:00-9:00).
  3. 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 and serve as positive role models by participating in activities with participants. Classes are taught by professional teaching artists.

  • Dates, times, and locations vary throughout the year (see upcoming class opportunities below)
  • Weekly classes
    • Range from 4-14 weeks at a time
    • Occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings between 4:30-8:30
    • Locations include Arlington, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Fairfax
    • 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 weekends
    • Locations include Germantown and Rockville
Upcoming Classes
  • Broadway Song and Dance in Arlington
    • Thursdays, April 27 – June 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Social Club in Rockville
    • Wednesdays, May 3 – July 5, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Social Club in Arlington
    • Wednesdays, May 10 – June 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Shakespeare for All in Gaithersburg
    • Tuesdays, May 30 – July 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Dance Your Heart Out in Arlington
    • Thursdays, June 15 – July 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Thinking on Your Feet in Silver Spring
    • Tuesdays, July 11 – August 1, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Super Social Saturday in Germantown
    • Saturdays, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
  • KEEN Music and Movement in North Bethesda
    • Sundays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • See our calendar for full class details

 

Onstage Mentors for Inclusive Theatre Company

Mentor one to four adult actors with IDD as they create and perform an original Inclusive Theatre Company (ITC) musical. 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 and Silver Spring, MD
    • Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Arlington, VA

 

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

 

Gala

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
  • Fall, TBA
  • Silver Spring, MD

 

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 Silver Spring, MD