Minnesota Fringe


There are many opportunities available for those who wish to make a difference by donating their time to Fringe.

Box officer: As a box officer, you will provide exceptional sales and customer service. You greet patrons and sell single show tokens, day passes, and buttons. You are also responsible for reconciling the box office and preparing for the next performance. You must be comfortable with counting and handling cash, working on a tablet device for credit card purchases, multi-tasking, and working in a fast-paced environment. You must arrive 45 minutes before show time. Your shift is over when your House Manager dismisses you.

Sidekick: As a sidekick, you are the most versatile of the volunteers! You will greet patrons, direct traffic, and answer questions. You will also be passing out tokens and handling reservations. You must be comfortable multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced environment. You must arrive 45 minutes before show time. Your shift is over when your House Manager dismisses you.

Usher: As an usher, your focus is engaging with patrons so they enjoy all aspects of their festival-going experience. You will greet patrons, distribute programs and take tokens as patrons enter the theater. You may be asked to handle reservations or hand out tokens before the house opens. You may need to assist patrons with special needs to their seats and provide other patron services. You are also responsible for keeping the lobbies and seating areas tidy. You must arrive 45 minutes before show time. Your shift is over when your House Manager dismisses you.

Lobbymeister: As a lobbymeister, you are the final face of the Fringe for the night. You hang out in the lobby until the night’s final show is finished, after all the other volunteers and House Manager leave. Before you leave, ensure that the house and lobby is empty of patrons. Please also check in with your House Manager to see if there are any final tasks to handle before heading out. NOTE: We prefer that the lobbymeister also be a box officer, usher, or sidekick for the night's last show.

On-call box officer: As an on-call box officer, you agree upfront to be there when we need you most. You volunteer for a four-hour block of time, during which we can direct you to any Fringe venue—often at a moment's notice. You must be stationed in a central location during your on-call shift so you can respond quickly to requests for assistance. We'll give you a call the day of your shift to tell you where to go. Think of yourself as a secret agent, waiting for your mission. A car, cell phone, and a completely clear schedule are required to fulfill your duties as an on-call box officer.

Billeter: Help defray the touring costs of an out-of-town artist by providing lodging and a home base. As a billet host, you will open your home to performers from across the country and around the globe!

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Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. If you need to cancel a volunteer obligation, contact the office and please give us as much notice as humanly possible.

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