Our volunteer ushers are valued members of the Center for Performing Arts. They assist with Mainstage productions, Arts in Education and Rental events.

CPA Ushers Are Expected to:

  • Arrive at least one hour prior to the performance to allow time to sign-in, receive assignments, and pertinent information about the day's performance. Some performances require an earlier arrival time.
  • Dress in a professional manner. Black & White formal attire, ideally.
  • Have a flashlight and a name badge.
  • Stuff programs with inserts.
  • Usher, take and scan tickets, greet and direct patrons.
  • Watch for patrons entering the house with prohibited drink, food or electronics.
  • Watch the house for disruptive behavior or emergencies and notify house management.
  • Remain at their assigned location. Close their assigned door(s) when house lights go down, open their assigned door(s) when house lights go up.
  • Pick up programs, tickets, and inserts from floor after the performance.
  • Check for lost items and give them to house management.
  • Assist disabled patrons with accessible seating.
  • Volunteer for a minimum of one Arts in Education show per season and one four-hour shift of a Dance Competition per season.

RSVP attendance for upcoming shows.

Request information about becoming an usher.


GSU Student Volunteer Club/Organization Form


Questions? Contact Patron Services Manager Jane Cox at 708.235.2811 or at jcox1@govst.edu.


For all performance events, we need a minimum of five ushers. The Usher Call Time is between 60-90 minutes prior to curtain.
Dance competitions have different and more specific ushering needs, and if you are willing to work for any of those income producing rental events please contact the Jane at 708.235.2811 in advance to confirm your participation and hours.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for 2017-18

May 2018

Creative Dance Recital (RENTAL)Sun, May 20 at 1 p.m.Usher call 12 p.m.
Starquest Dance Competition Weekend (RENTAL)May 25-27Ushers required in 4 hour shifts

June 2018

Dance Images Recital (RENTAL)Sat, June 2 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.Usher call 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
American Dance Center Recital (RENTAL)Sat, June 9 at 11 a.m.; 3 p.m.; & 7 p.m.Usher call 10 a.m.; 2 p.m.; & 6 p.m.
American Dance Center Recital (RENTAL)Sun, June 10 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.Usher call 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Studio One Dance Recital (RENTAL)Sat, June 16 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.Usher call 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Studio One Dance Recital (RENTAL)Sun, June 17 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.Usher call 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Emerald City Summer Camp Show     Fri, June 22 at 7 p.m.Usher call 6 p.m.
Footworks Dance Recital (RENTAL)Sun, June 24 at 2 p.m.Usher call 1 p.m.