Volunteers make Venice Theatre happen!

Volunteers have been the backbone, the heartbeat, and the lifeblood of this organization ever since a group of 41 volunteers got together in 1950 to form the Venice “Little” Theatre.

That small band of theatre lovers has grown to become the largest arts organization in South Sarasota County, as well as the largest community theatre per capita in the USA!

Today, a staff of professional theatricians lead a team of 1500 volunteers who donate 165,000 hours each season.

Volunteers build scenery, greet patrons, sew costumes, hang posters around town, run spotlights, perform on stage, help actors make quick changes in and out of costumes, and much more.

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Questions? Email Madeline@VeniceTheatre.net.

See what goes on during the 8 hours we're not putting on the show ...

Costume Shop

Build costumes as well as putting the finishing touches on projects. Anyone who can sew, from simple alterations to full-scale construction, is welcome to spend time in our costume shop. TIME COMMITMENT: Monday – Friday 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. as you are available Questions? Email Madeline@VeniceTheatre.net.

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Our Production Stage Manager & Props Mistress, Lisa Million, is looking for volunteers to help curate props on a “per-show basis.” This involves research, pulling from stock, and sourcing props for specific show-by-show needs. The perfect props volunteer possesses skills in time management and is comfortable on a computer. Being good at communication and collaboration … Continued

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Paint Crew

Ever wondered if that’s really marble onstage? Come find out! Base-coat paint and detail work are needed on each set. Accomplished artists are welcomed; however it is not necessary to have experience. Volunteers are trained on the detail work. The variety in experience levels of our painters provides a great opportunity to work together to … Continued

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Scene Shop

What do a dentist, an IBM programmer, and a civil engineer have in common? How about an insurance adjuster, a chemical engineer and a former math teacher? Aside from a profound love of coffee and donuts, they make up our diverse group of scene shop volunteers. One day they are building the lavish interiors of … Continued

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Whether in the lobby, on stage, or back stage, we invite you to volunteer with us before or during the show!


We are always seeking volunteer actors, singers and dancers to perform with us. Whether you’re interested in auditioning for one of our 75th season shows or you would like to learn more about our community engagement groups like Troupe in a Trunk, we encourage actors of all experience levels, races, ethnicities, cultures, shapes, sizes, and … Continued

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Theatre is all about flexibility and thinking outside the box. Our volunteer schedules are like that, too!

Auditions Volunteer

Be part of the team that creates the team that brings the shows to life! If you’ve ever been curious about how the audition process works, this is the job for you. Maybe you’re interested in performing on stage, but not ready to take that leap yet. Helping out at auditions, especially as a scene … Continued

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Interested in joining our volunteer force? Please fill out this form.

Arts environments require risk, courage, vulnerability, and investment of our physical, emotional and intellectual selves.

Venice Theatre seeks to nurture spaces with strong safety nets that support that ethos without compromising a visceral and authentic experience for artists and audiences.

We believe that even in the absence of high-risk material, having pathways for response to unsafe conditions and harassment help to maintain the integrity of the work, its participants, and the organization.

House Rules will be provided at first rehearsal and must be read and signed. Full Venice Theatre Operating Standards will also be available.

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