Monday 23 April: Guildford Shakespeare Company volunteer steward recruitment event
Guildford’s award-winning theatre company are looking to recruit new volunteers to join their group of Front of House Stewards who are integral to the success of the 100+ professional performances they stage throughout the year. In 2017 the company welcomed almost 14,000 people from all over the South East to performances staged in Guildford.
Front of House Manager, Eli Murton: “These wonderful individuals are the first people our audiences meet as they arrive at our performances; they show people to their seats; serve on the bar and Box Office; marshal audiences on promenade moves and generally create a fabulously warm and welcoming atmosphere at every GSC show.”
Throughout the year there are approximately 350 volunteer steward shifts to fill and GSC want to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining the current team of stewards. An average shift lasts around 4 hours and there are four main productions a year that require stewards (February, June, July and October). Full training is given.
“Our volunteer stewards are the backbone of our shows; we really couldn’t do what we do without them. They’re passionate about theatre and helping support local arts; for some it is the best way to make their contribution to our charitable work, whilst for others it’s an exciting way to learn more about theatre, and make new friends,” adds Matt Pinches, Co-Founder.
On Monday 23 April, GSC are holding a special recruitment event from 7.30pm at GSC HQ (Midleton Road, Guildford), where you will have an opportunity to meet current volunteers, and hear from Front of House Manager Eli Murton what you can expect from being a GSC Volunteer Steward. Co-Founder Matt Pinches will be on hand too. To register your interest email Eli Murton on email@example.com.
Since 2006 GSC has been broadening cultural engagement in the arts, breaking down barriers that might prevent people from taking part. Their site-responsive work is key to that objective, and by deliberately choosing non-theatre venues to stage their work, they invite our audiences to interact with, and to be more explorative of, their town. At the same time it encourages a local pride in a shared society.