September 2018


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 2017 Fringe an absolute success! It was a lot of fun and we hope to see you again next year (September 6 – 16)!

Volunteering at the Fringe

New for 2018! Successfully refer another volunteer and you can earn tickets to shows!

How to Apply

Click here to start the application process.

If you are a returning volunteer, you don’t have to create a new account. Just sign in with your login information and make sure you UPDATE your current information including your QUALIFICATIONS and GENERAL INFORMATION.

If you can’t remember your login, please email angie.

If you are a new volunteer, please create a new account and continue to our volunteer application.

We are looking forward to having you all this year!

Volunteer Application – Step-by-step instructions

  1. Sign into Better Impact through your MyVolunteer account.  (If you don’t remember your username let me know and I will email it to you. If you can’t remember your password, the system will send you a temporary password. Just follow the prompts!)
  2. Once on the home page, please read our Terms and Conditions fully
  3. Scroll down to Qualifications and update them using the drop down menu
  4. Update ALL your Qualifications. Be honest! This will help you find the best volunteer shifts where you will feel safe and comfortable. We want you to have fun!
  5. Read about the different Volunteer Positions we have available
  6. Continue to scroll down until you reach General Information
  7. Please update all your information fully

How to Sign Up for Shifts

  1. Sign into Better Impact through your MyVolunteer account, using the same username and the password that you used when you filled out your Fringe volunteer application.
  2. Once on your profile, click on the Opportunities tab.
  3. On the Opportunities page, all of the available shifts (that you are qualified for) will be available under a category titled Vancouver Fringe Festival.
  4. All shifts are arranged by Subheadings–simply click on the subheading depending on what you are interested in (Waterfront Theatre, Info Centre, Fringe Bar, etc).
  5. Click on the position you want (we suggest you right click so it opens in a new window) and click on the Sign Up box for each shift that you want to volunteer for. Don’t forget to press Save!
  6. Just like in previous years, the Vollie Team will contact you after you sign up for shifts to confirm your volunteer schedule with you!

If you need extra help, we have this handy dandy training video explaining how to navigate your MyVolunteerPage and how to sign up for shifts.

Click me, I’m a training video!

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or by phone at 604.562.4615.


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 Attendats 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.