Thank you for your interest in Friends of the Festival.
We are a large volunteer organization united in our love of theatre with a singular mission to support the Stratford Festival. The majority of our volunteer work involves directly interacting with patrons. As ambassadors, we welcome people to all performances, chat, answer questions and ensure everyone is at the correct theatre. You will find volunteers at venues offering assistance to patrons. While engaging our theatre- goers in conversation, you may be able to share the excitement of someone coming to the theatre for the first time, perhaps hear about a performance in the “tent” or talk with an enthusiastic group of students.
The Festival offers so many opportunities outside of performances. There is a wide variety of Forum events where volunteers provide support. Greeting, guiding and checking in guests to events such as lectures, dance workshops, readings, and themed meals are examples of what a volunteer might be doing. Also, several tours are offered, with volunteers facilitating these experiences, as patrons explore venues such as the Costume Warehouse/Archives, Festival and Tom Patterson Theatres. Interacting with participants as they enjoy a glimpse into that “behind the scenes magic” is certainly a rewarding experience.
As "Front of House-focused” volunteers, we strive to deliver excellent patron services. Access to a computer and email are mandatory requirements for membership. Additionally, organizational and management skills, as well as, a genuine love of theatre are decided assets. In keeping with COVID mandates, the Stratford Festival requires all volunteers to be double vaccinated.
We welcome new members each year and invite those who are interested in considering Friends of the Festival as a volunteer commitment to submit an application to Friends@stratfordfestival.ca.