Festival Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2018 Fringe Festival.  Volunteers are essential to the operations of the Festival. We rely on over 100 volunteers to make sure the Curated shows at the Festival run smoothly, so we appreciate the enthusiasm and reliability you will bring to your role.  Should you choose to volunteer, you are invited to attend the performance for which you are volunteering if seats are available. If seats are not available, you will be given a voucher which you can redeem for a Curated show ticket at the FringeArts Box Office.  Volunteers who work shifts that are not directly tied to a show also receive vouchers redeemable for a ticket. Fill out the 2018 Volunteer Form to volunteer during the 2018 Fringe Festival.

In order to volunteer, you must fill out the Festival Volunteer Form.  Before doing so, we recommend that you read the descriptions of the many roles Festival volunteers fulfill.

  • Guide Distributors: Volunteers who assist with guide and postcard distribution before and during the festival are responsible for seeing that the Festival Guides get distributed throughout the city of Philadelphia, along with the neighboring suburbs.  They do so by volunteering their time at local farmers markets and other events where they can personally hand out guides and answer questions about the Festival.
  • Ushers: Our volunteer ushers serve several different roles during the Festival based on the curated show’s need.  Some of the tasks they may find themselves responsible for include the more traditional roles of taking tickets and handing out programs, but ushers may also be responsible for foot traffic, making sure that audience members easily find their way to the entrance of a non-traditional venue and/or guide the audience at the performance in accordance with the nature  of the show.
  • Box Office Greeters: Our greeters are often the first friendly face an audience members sees when entering a show site.  The responsibilities of the greeter include answering any questions a patron may have about the show or the Festival in general.  The greeter also directs patrons to the entrance of the venue, the box office, and the restrooms.
  • Fire Watch: This job requires volunteers to sit at fire exits and provide directional assistance in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the venue.  While such an emergency has never occurred at the festival this is an essential position at certain venues.
  • Parking Attendants: Sometimes Festival shows are located at venues where parking can be a challenge due to venue locations and parking restrictions.  Volunteers who work as parking attendants help to assure that cars are parking in approved spaces and that patrons in need of handicap accessible spots are able to access them.
  • Flex Volunteers: Our flexible volunteers are available for six hour shifts.  They are on call to fulfill any vacant volunteer positions, and they serve as floaters at the FringeArts Box Office, assisting the Volunteer Coordinator as needed.

All of our volunteers stay for the entirety of the event they are serving, assisting the house manager as needed and helping to clean up the space after the event has ended.


Year-Round Volunteers

Stay involved through year-round programming, Scratch Night, and other special events.

  • Ushers: Help with seating, foot traffic
  • Ticket Sellers: Sell or scan tickets at the door
  • Snack and drink servers: Set-up tables and re-stock during event
  • Photographers: Take photos of patrons and events

Email us if you would like to receive updates about opportunities. You can also join our Volunteer group on Facebook!