Volunteer

KWLT is an all-volunteer organization, and we’re always looking for new people with new ideas.

If you’re interested in helping out with KWLT in some capacity — as an officer of the theatre with defined areas of responsibility, as a member of a production team, as a part of our front-of-house staff, or just as an occasional helper to do what needs doing — we’d love to hear from you. Email info@kwlt.org and let us know how you’d like to contribute to our community, or see below for current opportunities & other ways to connect with us.

Shed load-out and building clean: May 12 and 17

During the week of May 13, we’re bringing in a carpenter to rebuild our shed out back (where we keep stock staging). Before they can do that, the shed needs to be emptied; once they’re done, we’ll need to fill it back up again. That takes people!

Sunday, May 12 is when we’re unloading the shed: taking out all of the flats, risers, lumber, etc. and storing it on our stage. We’re also moving bricks into the front of the building in preparation for some masonry work that’ll get done that week as well. And we’ll be setting the scene for some technical work that our officers will be doing while the theatre’s dark: moving chairs and risers, and setting up our scaffolding. We’ll be starting at 10am and working until we’re done, which shouldn’t be too long if we get enough people! As a stretch goal, we’re also hoping to get a bit of yard work done out front.

Friday, May 17 is when the shed work should be done, and we’ll need to bring everything back into the shed (as well as restore the theatre space to its usual configuration). We’ll also be doing some general clean-up at this time. Timing is TBD; it’s likely that we’ll have both afternoon and evening shifts. Watch this space for more info soon!

To stay in the loop on this project, please join the #comm-building channel on the KWLT Slack (see below for a link) — any updates to the schedule will be posted there first.

Front of house & concessions team

One easy way to get involved as a volunteer is in the front of house: this includes ushering, checking tickets, and selling concessions (alcoholic or otherwise) in our theatre lobby. This is a great role for people who enjoy working with the public. Experience is helpful but by no means necessary — if you’re new to the role we’ll teach you what you need to know and pair you with an experienced FOH volunteer.

Our next production is Firebringer, and we’re currently seeking front-of-house volunteers for that show. We’ll need two volunteers for each show (June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22); you’d be expected to be at the theatre by 7pm and stay until the show is done. For every show except for the COVID-cautious performance on June 13, we’ll need one volunteer (but not both) to be SmartServe certified. To sign up, email boxoffice@kwlt.org and say which nights you’re available, how many shifts you’d like to take on, and whether you have your SmartServe.

If you’re not available for those dates but are interested in joining the contact list for working front-of-house for our shows and events, please email boxoffice@kwlt.org and let us know what your experience is (i.e. if you’ve ever worked FOH before, for us or another theatre) and whether you have SmartServe certification.

Bar service for KWLT and rental events

KWLT is licensed for the sale and service of alcohol; we sell drinks at our own shows as well as for some rental events like stand-up comedy shows and concerts. If you’re SmartServe certified and would like the opportunity to run our concessions for occasional events, please contact Matt the Bar Manager and let him know he can add you to his list. (If you’re not SmartServe but would like to be — or if your SmartServe certification is expiring soon — we might be able to help with that; email Matt to ask how.)

Sign up for our tech list

Are you interested in volunteer opportunities in technical theatre? When we need people to help out with set building, lights hanging, mixing live sound, or other technical tasks we’ll send out calls to the KWLT tech list. If you’d like to receive those calls, sign up for the list here.

Join our committees

This year the Board of Directors has established several committees to handle both strategic projects and operational tasks on an ongoing basis. These committees are open to all KWLT members. See the current lineup here. If you’re interested in joining one (or more) of these working groups, the easiest way to connect is to join the KWLT Slack (see below) and connecting with the relevant channel.

Right now we’re looking for new members for the Show Support Committee, which acts as liaison between the company and our productions; Show Support makes sure that our directors and their teams have the resources they need for their shows to succeed.

Join the KWLT Slack

Slack is a tool for collaboration and discussion, and it’s how our various committees are coordinating themselves. We encourage all of our volunteers to join the Slack: follow this invite link to get started. (If that link has expired, please let us know so that we can replace it.)