Most Broadway houses employ unionized ushers to take tickets, help people to their seats, distribute Playbills, and more. However, there are a couple of Broadway theatres—and many more Off-Broadway and smaller venues—who operate with volunteer ushers. While you don’t get paid, you do get to see theatre for free. Here is a list of the New York City theatre venues who offer volunteer usher programs:
Manhattan Theatre Club
Call the Friedman Theatre Volunteer Usher line at 212-399-3000 ext.5463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Airlines Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company
Email AAVolunteer@roundabouttheatre.org three dates you are available.
Studio 54, Roundabout Theatre Company
Sign up in person at The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Check in with security and ask to register as a volunteer usher. (Note: There will be no volunteer ushers for Latin History for Morons.)
Abingdon Theatre Company
Email email@example.com or call 212-868-2055 and provide your full name, phone number, email address, and available dates.
Cherry Lane Theatre
Classic Stage Company
Irish Repertory Theatre
Email Eddy Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection occurs two weeks prior to the first preview performance of each production.
Laura Pels Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company
Sign up in person at The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Check in with security and ask to register as a volunteer usher.
MTC Stage I and Stage II at New York City Center, Manhattan Theatre Club
Mint Theatre Company
Signature Theatre Company
Though not currently accepting volunteer ushers, the Signature Center relies on a Volunteer Corps. For other volunteer opportunities, or to stay updated on ushering availabilities, click here.
If you are a theatre company that would like to be added to this list, please email email@example.com.