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.

Semester Internships

The Festival offers one of the most effective professional theatre training programs 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, administration, marketing, education and management.

Annually, the Festival employs between 15-25 college and high school students from area educational institutions. Participants gain invaluable experience working at a variety of behind-the-scenes positions. College credit, networking opportunities with theatre professionals, and resume credit is available through our internships.

Fall and Spring semester internships are offered in the following areas:

Applications for the fall internship are due August 31, 2018.
Applications for the spring internship are due January 25, 2019.

All interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume with three references. Please send all materials to:

Katherine Gehrlein
Director of Operations and Community Relations
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
3732 Main Street
Kanas City, MO 64111


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