Volunteers are an important key to keeping the Shakespeare Festival free for the community. There are several opportunities to volunteer year-round, and all ages are welcome to participate.

Individual Volunteers
We need 10-14 volunteers each night to assist with front-of-house duties before the production and during intermission. To register, please complete our online registration form. For questions or more information, please email Katherine Gehrlein at or call (816) 531-7728.

Corporate and Company Group Volunteers
Groups are encouraged to volunteer one or more nights. Festival Volunteer Groups are recognized from the stage and can wear company t-shirts and/or logos while volunteering. It is a great opportunity to promote your company or organization while supporting the Festival. To register, please complete our online registration form. For questions or more information, please call or email Katherine Gehrlein at or (816) 531-7728 to discuss available dates and to reserve your night in the park!

What to Expect
Volunteers should arrive at Southmoreland Park by 5:30 p.m. on your chosen night(s). Parking is available for you on Oak Street and Warwick Streets, which border the park. Please look for the volunteer entrance, located inside of the front gate, and check in with the Volunteer Coordinator. Job assignments and instructions will be given after check-in. No prior training is needed. Most volunteer jobs are finished between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 pm. Some jobs are finished by the time the show begins. If volunteers would like to stay and watch the play, seating is provided.

Summer Internships/Apprenticeships

The Festival offers one of the most effective professional theatre training programs for high school and college students in the region. Our Intern/Apprentice program nurtures the next generation of theatre artists by giving young people a real-world, hands-on experience in the professional theatre that includes production, education, and management.

Annually, the Festival employs between 15-20 college and high school students from area educational institutions. Participants gain invaluable experience working at a variety of behind-the-scenes positions. Education interns assist staff on summer camp programs and provide critical administrative support to the Festival.

Most summer internships are paid positions. Internships typically begin in May 2018 and last through July 2018; specific dates will be determined by each department. Please note: HASF does not provide housing or transportation.

Internships are offered in the following areas:

  • Stage Management
  • Lighting
  • Costumes
  • Education
  • Arts Administration

All interested applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter, and two letters of recommendation. If you are interested in more than one internship, please send all materials and a cover letter specific to each internship to all appropriate contacts. 

For Education internships, email all materials to
For Production internships, email all materials to
For Administrative internships, email all materials to


      Currently we do not have any open positions. Please feel free to check back at a later date.