FAQ for Public Programs & Performances Volunteers

Why volunteer with CIIS Public Programs & Performances?

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, CIIS Public Programs & Performances relies on the hands of many volunteers, working in lots of different ways to ensure our patrons have a memorable experience at our concerts and performances. CIIS Public Programs & Performances is grateful to all those members of the community who have volunteered with us in the past and present. Volunteering with CIIS Public Programs & Performances is a way becoming part of a vibrant community of performing arts enthusiasts and see great shows!

What volunteer positions are available? 
In the weeks leading up to our event you may vounteer in order to receive free or reduced admission to events: Street Team - promotions, canvassing, flyering around the Bay Area.

There are number of ways that you may be asked to help as a volunteer at an event including:

  • Set-up, Breakdown & Load Out
  • Front of House Assistance: Greeters; Ushers; Ticket Stubs
  • CIIS Promotions & Merchandise Sales
  • Backstage Hospitality & Green Room
  • Security: Backstage & Curtain Guards

How many volunteers do you usually need to work an event?

While the numbers vary depending on the size and scope of the event, we usually require 10-20 volunteers, in addition to staff and crew.

How many hours are you asked to volunteer?

Volunteers are usually asked to work 1.5 hours before the performance, up to 1.5 hours after the event, and 20 minutes during the intermissions.

What are some of the benefits of volunteering?
In exchange for supporting our performing arts events, volunteers have the opportunity to meet other performing arts enthusiasts and become part of the CIIS Community. Volunteers also get to attend the performance they work for free (seating subject to availability) and are invited to special volunteer events each year.

What are some expectations of volunteers?

Volunteers are expected to represent CIIS and Public Programs & Performances by providing an excellent patron experience.

Is there a Dress Code?
Yes, Volunteers are to dress for a performing arts event: this means wearing black pants or black skirt, black or white shirt, and dress shoes (no jeans, sweats, or sneakers).

Contact Public Programs & Performances
If you are interested in volunteering, please email Public Programs at or call (415) 575-6175.

You must have a valid email address and phone number to be added to our volunteer roster for CIIS Public Programs Performing Arts series.