"Lights, music... volunteer!" call to action at Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Wednesday 3 June, 7.45pm

Life behind the scenes and the public face at the front of house – the spotlight will be on both at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Haxby Road on Wednesday 3 June, when the theatre hosts an open evening for potential volunteers, part of National Volunteers Week.

“The Joseph Rowntree Theatre is unique in York in that it is run entirely by volunteers, from the stage managers who make sure that each show runs smoothly with all the sound, lighting and scenery changes hit on time, to the stewards who welcome our patrons through the door for each performance,” explains the theatre’s Chair of Trustees, Dan Shrimpton, who himself was named ‘volunteer of the year’ in last year’s York Community Pride Awards.  “As the theatre becomes increasingly popular, so we’re looking to grow our volunteers with lots of opportunities right through the theatre, from working the follow spotlight to serving ice cream during the interval!”

Volunteers come from every walk of life, with the theatre offering volunteers experiences ranging from quite literally learning the ropes backstage, raising and lowering curtains and cloths, operating the sound systems and lighting, to steward at shows.  Joseph Rowntree Theatre welcomes volunteers aged 16 and over, who commit to as much or as little time as they wish, enabling them to fit their time at the theatre around busy schedules.

“Whatever role you want to try out, we provide training and support – enthusiasm and an interest in theatre is far more important than experience, but equally, we’re always interested in people with diverse professional experiences to join our board as directors and trustees,” adds Dan.  “We are currently recruiting a new charity finance director, to ensure that the charity’s accounts are kept updated and in good order.”

The volunteering evening runs from 7.45pm until 9.30pm on Wednesday 3 June 2015 at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, which is located at the junction of Haxby Road and Haley’s Terrace (entrance on Haxby Road only).  Free parking is available in the adjacent Yearsley Pool car park. 

For more details on volunteering roles within the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, please visit www.jrtheatre.co.uk.


Picture shows: Volunteers at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre prepare to welcome new recruits at the Volunteers' Week open evening.

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About Us

Joseph Rowntree Theatre is York’s Art Deco theatre. Hosting concerts, plays, shows, pantomimes and musicals for the last 80 years by touring artists, groups and talented local companies, Joseph Rowntree Theatre has some of the most comfortable and roomy seats in York – perfect for relaxing and enjoying the show. All seats across stalls and the balcony have a completely unrestricted view of the stage; even the last ticket on sale guarantees a great seat! Its location on Haxby Road is just over a mile from the city centre, with free parking and public transport stopping outside the gates. Joseph Rowntree Theatre is part of York’s vibrant chocolate heritage, having been built by Joseph Rowntree as a community hall for those working at his confectionary factories, which still surround the theatre today. It continues to be a friendly, vibrant hub of live entertainment to which patrons return time and again. Since 2001 the Theatre has been run by a charitable trust to provide an affordable venue to over 30 performing hirers, thanks to the efforts of its 150 regular volunteers. These volunteers come from all walks of life, be they retired former members of amateur dramatic societies, or youngsters wanting to learn the skills of stage management and the technical aspects of theatre. www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk01904 50 1935