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Volunteer to usher at the Athenaeum Theatre! (Don’t worry – we’ll teach you how to say it!)

The Athenaeum Theatre seeks helpful people to perform ushering duties for a variety of live performing arts events.

If you are interested, please call the box office at 773.935.6875 or email megan@athenaeumtheatre.org to reserve a spot.  We take up to 2 ushers for every Studio performance and up to 10 ushers for Main Stage performances.

Refer to our performance calendar at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32915


  • Ushers must be at least 18 years of age, and able to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Ushers should arrive 45 minutes before showtime and check in at the box office.  Following the show, ushers help clean up the theatre space before leaving (approximately 15 minutes).
  • Ushers should wear white shirts, black pants or skirts, and closed-toe shoes (for safety’s sake).
  • Ushers must speak fluent English (additional languages a plus).
  • We do not recommend bringing any valuables with you, as the theatre is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • If you must cancel your ushering reservation, we ask that you do so at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Failure to comply with these standards may result in being barred from the ushering program.