Volunteer

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 Jane at 708.235.2811 in advance to confirm your participation and hours.

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for 2019-20


 SEPTEMBER 2019

CHICAGO SOUTHLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALFri., Sept. 6 from 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.Usher call time: 4:45 p.m.
CHICAGO SOUTHLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Sat., Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.Usher call time: 10:30 a.m.
CHICAGO SOUTHLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSun., Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Usher call time: 10 a.m.
OPERA UP CLOSE: ALL STARS (pre-show lobby experience) Sun., Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.Usher call time: 2 p.m.
RENTAL: MARWAN KHOURY LIVE WITH CANADIAN ARABIC ORCHESTRASat., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.Usher call time: 6:30 p.m.

 OCTOBER 2019

U.S. AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICASun., Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.Usher call time: 2:30 p.m.
AIE FIELD TRIP: Math ManiacTues.,Oct. 15  at 9:45 a.m. and 12 noonUsher call time: 8:45 a.m.
RENTAL: Lyric Opera in the NeighborhoodThurs., Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. and 12 noonUsher call time: 9 a.m.
JEFFERSON STARSHIP ConcertSat., Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.Usher call time: 7 p.m.

 NOVEMBER 2019

TAPS DRAMA: The Laramie ProjectFri., Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.Usher call time: 7 p.m.
TAPS DRAMA: The Laramie ProjectSat., Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.Usher call time: 7 p.m.
TAPS DRAMA: The Laramie ProjectSun., Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.Usher call time: 1 p.m.
AIE FIELD TRIP: Rosie Revere Engineer & FriendsMon., Nov. 4 at 9:45 a.m. and 12 noonUsher call time: 8:45 a.m.
Jungle BookSun., Nov., 10 at 2 p.m.Usher call: 1 p.m.
AIE FIELD TRIP: David Gonzalez: The Boy Who Could Sing PicturesTues., Nov. 12 at 9:45 a.m.Usher call: 8:45 a.m.
CROWNS: The Gospel MusicalSat., Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.Usher call: 7 p.m.
CROWNS: The Gospel MusicalSun., Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. Usher call: 3 p.m.
RENTAL: District 163 Concert     Wed., Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.Usher call: 6 p.m.

December 2019

Salt Creek Ballet - THE NUTCRACKERSat., Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.Usher call: 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
RENTAL: Matteson School Concert     Mon., Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.Usher call: 6 p.m.
RENTAL: Indiana School Concert     Tues., Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.Usher call: 6 p.m.
RENTAL: O.W. Huth School ConcertWed., Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.Usher call: 6 p.m.
RENTAL: Sauk School Concert     Thurs., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.Usher call: 6 p.m.
RENTAL: District 162 ConcertTues., Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.Usher call: 6 p.m.
RENTAL: Southland College Prep Concert     Thurs., Dec. 19 at 7 p..m.Usher call: 6 p.m.

January 2020

WINTER COMEDY FESTIVALSat., Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.Usher call: 7 p.m.

February 2020

AIE FIELD TRIP: Harriet TubmanWed., Feb. 5 at 9:45 a.m. & 12 noonUsher call: 8:45 a.m.
The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston Starring Belinda DavidsSat., Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.Usher call: 7 p.m.
DANCE COMPETITION WEEKENDFebruary 14-16Usher(s) required in four-hour shifts
RENTAL: District 162 ConcertThurs., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.Usher call: 6 p.m.
DANCE COMPETITION WEEKEND: ShowbizFebruary 21-23Usher(s) required in four-hour shifts
AIE FILED TRIP: The Jackie Robinson StoryMon., Feb. 24 at 9:45 a.m.Usher call: 8:45 a.m.
Dar He: The Story of Emmett TillMon., Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.Usher call: 6:30 p.m.
AIE FIELD TRIP: Dog ManThurs., Feb. 27 at 9:45 a.m. and 12 noonUsher call: 8:45 a.m.
DANCE COMPETITION WEEKENDFebruary 28-March 1Usher(s) required in four-hour shifts

 

March 2020

RENTAL: Shen YunThurs., March 5 at 2 p.m.Usher call time: 12:30P
RENTAL: Shen YunFri., March 6 at 7:30 p.m.Usher call time: 6P
RENTAL: Shen YunSat., March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Usher call times: 12:30P & 6P
RENTAL: Shen YunSun., March 8 at 1 p.m.Usher call time: 11:30A
AIE FIELD TRIP: Chicago Shakespeare Theater's The Comedy of ErrorsTues., March 10 at 10:30 a.m.Usher call time: 9:30A
DANCE COMPETITION WEEKEND: BravoMarch 13-15Usher(s) required in four hour shifts
TAPS DRAMA: PicnicFri., March 27 at 8 p.m.Usher call time: 7P
TAPS DRAMA: PicnicSat., March 28 at 8 p.m.Usher call time: 7P
TAPS DRAMA: PicnicSun., March 29 at 2 p.m.Usher call time: 1P

April 2020

AIE FIELD TRIP: Wizard of Oz     Wed., April 1 at 9:45 a.m. and 12 noonUsher call time: 8:45 a.m.
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Legends and LionsSat., April 4 at 8 p.m.Usher call time: 6 p.m.
RENTAL: Southland College Prep ConcertThurs., April 9 at 7 p.m.Usher call time: 6 p.m.
DANCE COMPETITION WEEKEND: Star SystemsApril 17-19Usher(s) required in four hour shifts
AIE FIELD TRIP: Anne FrankThurs., April 23 at 9:45 a.m.Usher call time: 8:45 a.m.
AIE FIELD TRIP: Hear My VoiceThurs., April 23 at 12 noonUsher call time: 11 a.m.
VIVA MOMIXSat., April 25 at 8 p.m.Usher call time: 7 p.m.

May 2020

DANCE COMPETITION WEEKEND: NexStarMay 1-3Usher(s) required in four hour shifts
DANCE COMPETITION WEEKEND: RevolutionMay 8-10Usher(s) required in hour hour shifts
DANCE RECITAL: Creative DanceSun., May 17 at TBAUsher call TBD
DANCE COMPETITION WEEKEND: StarquestMay 21-24Usher(s) required in four hours shifts
RENTAL: District 162 ConcertWed., May 27 at 7 p.m.Usher call time: 6 p.m.