Volunteer for Minnesota Fringe!

Every year, we work with hundreds of volunteers to make Fringe happen. Want to be part of such an awesome group?

Sign up now!

Festival volunteer opportunities

We offer a range of volunteer opportunities during our 11-day festival:

  • Box officers: Sell tickets, buttons and passes, and reconcile the box office after each show. Must be comfortable with counting and handling cash, multi-tasking, and working in a fast-paced environment. Arrive 45 minutes before show time, and leave as soon as the reconciliation is done.
  • Ushers: Take tickets, distribute programs, and keep the lobbies and seating areas tidy. Ushers help with special seating requirements and other customer services. Arrive 45 minutes before show time, and leave as soon as the reconciliation is done for each show.
  • Sidekicks: The most versatile of the volunteer opportunities, sidekicks jump in whenever box officers or ushers need a hand. Must be comfortable counting and handling cash, multi-tasking, and working in a fast-paced environment. Arrive 45 minutes before show time, and leave as soon as the reconciliation is done for each show.
  • On-call box officers: Our superstars when extra help is needed, on-call box officers volunteer for four-hour blocks when they're able to fill in at any Fringe venue--often at a moment's notice. Must be stationed in a central location during on-call shifts to be able to respond quickly to requests for assistance. A car, cell phone and completely clear schedule are required.
  • Lobby meisters: Hang out in the lobby until the evening's final show is finished. Lobby meisters can either be a box officer or usher for the night's last show—you will receive two comps for the shift.
  • Info desk: Responsible for selling Fringe merchandise (passes and admission buttons), distributing volunteer passes and answering patrons' questions. You must be comfortable with all Fringe front-of-house procedures, including handling cash and talking to people about the festival. A minimum of three years' Minnesota Fringe volunteer experience is required.

Who can volunteer

Fringe welcomes anyone 12 years of age and up as part of our volunteer team.

  • 12-15 years old: You may volunteer as an usher at any of our age-appropriate shows. You will need to volunteer with a parent, guardian and/or other responsible adult. Both of you will need to submit separate volunteer registration forms--ensure you list each other on the form. Finally, you and your parent/guardian will need to sign a festival waiver form for you to participate.
  • 16-17 years old: You may volunteer as an usher, box officer or sidekick at any of our age-appropriate shows. You and your parent/guardian will need to sign a festival waiver form for you to participate.
  • 18 years old and up: You may volunteer in any of our front-of-house positions. You will need to sign a festival waiver form to participate.

How volunteering works

Volunteering for Fringe is easy and we work hard to make sure everyone has a great experience.

  • Attend a training session: Every volunteer is asked to attend a training session before the festival. Some policies change from year to year, so returning volunteers should plan attending, too. There are eight to ten training sessions held in mid-to-late July.
  • Review your training manual: "Help!"—our volunteer manual—is the book that explains everything. You’ll get a copy of your own during training, and we’ll also provide a customized copy at each venue.
  • Show up at your scheduled shifts: It’s that easy!

Group volunteering during the festival

Everything is more fun with friends—and volunteering at Fringe is no exception. Because so many people love to volunteer at Fringe with their pals, we're making it even easier for two-to-six people to volunteer as a group. So if you know a group of volunteers you love to work with—or if you'd like to get your family, workmates, book club, neighbors, church group, softball team, etc., to volunteer with you—take a look at group volunteering.

Email Cari Twitchell to sign up for a group slot.

Volunteering has its benefits

  • A free ticket for each 90-minute shift you work: You’ll get a Volunteer Pass that will include a voucher for every shift you work. Each voucher is good for one ticket to any show in the festival. Unlike a lot of arts volunteering, you’ll want to volunteer for shows you DON’T want to see. Instead, use the vouchers on your Pass to a get into shows on your must-see list.
  • Volunteer Appreciation event: We run a special event just for our volunteers during Fringe, complete with great company, cool prizes and lots of other fun stuff!
  • Insider's view: Find out all about Minnesota’s coolest festival, learn a new skill and get to know your fellow Fringers.

Other volunteer gigs

Fringe also needs many volunteers throughout the year and during the festival for a variety of tasks, including:

  • Fringe fundraiser staffing
  • Office help (including ultra-exciting database work!)
  • Housing for out-of-town artists coming to Minneapolis to perform in the festival
...and anything else that comes up!
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