May 2019


Twitter: VancouverFringe



Welcome to the Volunteer Page!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is looking forward to another exciting year of friendly faces, great theatre, and fun times with people like you, who make up our talented cast of volunteers! We foster an inclusive and diverse environment, so people from various backgrounds are welcome to join and take part in one of the best theatre festivals in town!

What is the Fringe?

The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration. Part theatre and part party, the Fringe strives to break down traditional boundaries and encourage open dialogue between audiences and artists by presenting live un-juried, uncensored theatre in an accessible and informal environment, followed by live music and special events at the Phillips Fringe Bar.

Performers collect 100% of the base ticket price, so our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Vancouver Fringe Festival! Each year, nearly 500 people from all walks of life take on volunteer roles from helping set up venues, to answering artists’ and audience members’ questions, to serving drinks at the Fringe Bar, to selling tickets, to ushering, etc. We have a very small number of permanent staff, so the Fringe couldn’t exist without volunteers like you!

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who helped us make the 2018 Fringe an absolute success! It was a lot of fun and we hope to see you again next year (September 5 – 15)!

Volunteering at the Fringe

We start looking for volunteers for our 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival in June, 2019! Check back here to find the volunteer application and further information about our Festival! If you have any questions please email Angie Descalzi directly.

Fringe Policies

Our volunteers are expected to:

  • Work a minimum of 16 hours throughout the festival (this usually means 4 four-hour shifts).
    • Volunteers who select Usher shifts must select an equal number of Ticket Seller Shifts
  • Commit to the shifts they have selected and confirmed
  • Participate in one Volunteer Training evening in August
  • Be kind, respectful and have a lot of fun!

Theatre for everyone: The Vancouver Fringe is a safe space for everyone who wishes to participate and take part in our wonderful community of volunteers, artists, patrons, and donors. We DO NOT tolerate harassment of any kind (including but not limited to: gender identity, race, immigration status, religion, different abilities, sexual orientation, etc). A harassment complaint will result (depending on its severity) in a reprimand and warning, or immediate termination of volunteers and/or staff.

Volunteer Commitment: All our volunteers are expected to show up to their shift on time, and to fulfill their role to the best of their ability in accordance to our Training Manuals and Volunteer Training guidelines, policies and procedures.

Volunteer Perks

Some of our volunteer perks include:

  • A Fringe T-shirt
  • A Rush Pass to see Fringe performances for free
    • Venue Captains and Crew Chiefs receive a Super Pass for 32+ hours
    • Venue Attendants receive a Rush Pass and 4 exchange vouchers for 20+ hours
  • Discounted tickets to our Fringe year-round programming
  • Snacks and refreshments at the Volunteer Centre
  • An invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party
  • The chance to support the local theatre and arts community
  •  A fun, interactive volunteer experience!

As always, we will need to fill a number of roles — from ticket sellers and ushers to site crew to bartenders to fundraisers, and a whole lot more! So no matter what your area of interest, there will be a volunteer position that is just right for you.