Volunteer Opportunities

Are You Looking For Ways To Volunteer With BOF?  

Berkshire Opera Festival offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.  Donating your time helps BOF keep our promise of fiscal responsibility while giving you the chance to interact with our exceptional artists and patrons – and have a great time doing it! 

Ushering
Ushers help to keep BOF’s performances running smoothly and to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for our audiences. You can help by volunteering as an usher for a free concert or mainstage production.  Duties include:

 

  • Arrive one hour before performance start time to help with stuffing programs, setting up stations, and making sure the theatre is ready to receive our patrons.

  • Check-in audience members, distribute programs, help patrons locate their seats if they need assistance.

  • Direct patrons to the entrances, exits or restrooms

  • Assist with tidying and collecting of any unwanted programs after the performance ends

  • Help us set-up for post-performance receptions, if applicable 

  • May require standing or sitting for extended periods of time

Special Event Assistance

BOF periodically needs assistance at fundraising events, patron events, artist receptions, and other functions.  Some tasks and responsibilities may include:  

  • Helping set up for events in private homes or commercial spaces. This might include assembling food trays, table settings, beverage set-up, and things of a similar nature.

  • Welcoming and checking in guests 

  • Helping serve food and drinks during the event and assisting with clean-up after the event

  • May require: standing or sitting for long periods of time; lifting heavy objects; picking up or receiving deliveries

Artist Welcome Team

Our artists travel from all over the country and globe to perform with BOF, and we want to ensure they have a very warm welcome throughout their stay in the Berkshires. Join our artist welcome team to help receive our artists and help them feel at home!  Duties may include: 

  • Pick up artists from the airport/train station or assist them in retrieving rental cars 

  • Deliver our welcome packets and gifts to our artists upon arrival

  • helping them navigate the local community

  • Bring refreshments to artist rehearsals (which is also a wonderful way to get an insider view of preparing for a show) 

Housing

BOF is always searching for shared and private spaces for BOF artists to call home during our summer season.  Depending on the artist or staff position, housing needs may span from just a few days to the entire months of July and August.  Some artists do have stipends available to help offset the cost of living, but as the Berkshires continue to grow as a destination location, finding secure, comfortable, and affordable seasonal housing has become more challenging each year.  We are in need of both free housing and access to quality, paid short-term rentals depending on the needs and interests of the homeowner.

If you or someone you know has the ability to accommodate BOF artist or production staff member in your home or guest house during the months of July and/or August within a 40-minute commute to Great Barrington, this volunteering option could provide a meaningful contribution to BOF.  Contact Company Manager Meghan Van Alstyne to learn more.

Community Outreach Assistance 

  • Distribution of marketing materials (postcards, posters, etc.) in your local neighborhood/community 

  • Connecting us with your local media for free advertising, interviews, general press 

  • Connecting BOF with local business owners about sponsorship, program advertising, and other collaborative opportunities

  • Assist with outreach to local community groups (church groups, social clubs, young professionals’ associations, etc.)

  • Recruiting other volunteers 

General Office Assistance

Volunteer with our administrative staff at our home office in Great Barrington and take a hands-on role in BOF’s daily activities. Help is most often requested during the summer season, but we do periodically have projects that require assistance throughout the rest of the year.   Duties may include:

  • Answering telephones and directing phone calls

  • Assisting patrons with ticketing questions 

  • Preparing mailings and information packets

  • Creating documents, filing, and organizing​


Board of Directors

BOF is committed to a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of our community, and we welcome your inquiries.  If you have a passion for opera, supporting the arts in the Berkshires, and would like to make an investment in our future by becoming a member of Berkshire Opera Festival’s Board of Directors, contact BOF Executive Director Abigail Rollins to learn more.

BOF is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all staff, artists, patrons, and volunteers. If you require any special accommodations or have limitations on specific tasks you can perform, please let us know and we will do our best to match you with duties that meet both your interests and abilities. 

For more information on volunteering with BOF, write or call us to discuss the best fit for you!

*Please note that during the Summer 2021 season, ushering opportunities are available for our production of Glory Denied (Bard College @ Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington) July 22 and 24 and our free concert “Much Ado About Shakespeare” on August 11 at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox. If you are interested in ushering for performances of Falstaff, please inquire with the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to learn about their volunteer and ushering opportunities.