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Volunteer Ushering

Volunteer usher for a Lyric Stage Company performance and stay to see the show for free! All ushers are required to attend a brief orientation where we’ll introduce you to the Lyric staff and House Management team, review ushering procedures, and provide a sneak peek at our upcoming season. Please contact the box office at boxoffice@lyricstage.com or 617.585.5678 to sign up!

Usher Policies

All ushers must arrive one hour before curtain, wearing all black or black and white. Ushers must be physically able to stand for 30-45 minutes at a time, walk up and down stairs, navigate the theatre, and provide assistance to our patrons as needed. You will be trained by our house management staff prior to your selected performance. Please note that we require ushers not wear jackets or hold bags/purses while working – you will be able to store your items securely with our staff.

Ushers will be seated in available seats for their chosen performance, subject to availability. Please note that while we will do our very best to ensure ushers will be able to sit in a seat, should a performance sell out in its entirety, ushers may have to stand or avail themselves of folding chairs in the back of the house. If you have any questions or concerns about these requirements, please contact the box office.

If you will be late or unable to usher for your scheduled performance, please call the box office as soon as possible to let us know. Ushers who are more than 10 minutes late for ushering without notifying the box office may not be allowed to usher for future performances.

All ushers must be signed up under their own name and provide a contact phone number and e-mail address, where possible. We regret that we are unable to reserve an ushering space without contact information.

Educational & Youth Outreach Programs

In 2018, the Lyric Stage acquired City Stage Company, a leading provider of educational theater programs in Boston, merging the resources of both companies to reach more families and youth in the City of Boston. Lyric Stage educational and youth outreach programs include:

SpotLit

The SpotLit program is designed to expose students at all levels to theater as a part of their regular curriculum. SpotLit is based on the Performance Cycle, created by the Arts Literacy Project at Brown Univ., and engages students in creative drama, scripting, and acting-out of narrative that enable them to analyze, interpret, and deeply experience plays, poetry, memoirs, and fiction. Through SpotLit, students develop theatre and language arts skills and create art in alignment with state curriculum standards.  We offer a variety of versions of SpotLit to elementary, middle, and high schools in Boston.  For the 2018-2019 school year, City Stage is confirmed to be at five Boston Public Schools:  Nathan Hale Elementary School and Orchard Gardens in Roxbury; Thomas J Kenny Elementary School in Dorchester; William McKinley Elementary School in the South End; and Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School in South Boston.  We will work with approximately 800 students through these BPS programs.

Approximately 84% of the children reached through SpotLit are from low- and moderate-income families. Research demonstrates the positive impacts of the arts on low-income neighborhoods – reducing criminal activity and lowering truancy rates. It is because of this that Lyric Stage is devoted to supporting these communities.

The study and practice of theatrical art provides young people with social capital and establishes a number of soft skill essential for success.  Chief among these are problem-solving, teamwork, written and verbal communication, ability to analyze text, self-confidence and public speaking.

Students served through the Boston Public School system are: 45% Black, 32% White, 17% Hispanic, 4% Asian, and 3% Other.

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Audiences and Actors of City Stage

KidStage

In partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum since 1988, KidStage has created hands-on exhibits, participatory plays, and education programs. Lyric Stage actors offer 800 to 1,000 annual KidStage performances for as many as 65,000 children and their families. For many attendees, kids and adults alike, KidStage is their first exposure to live theatre.

Touring Shows

Currently, our touring shows offer three productions: The History and Adventures of Tom Thumb; Folktales East & West; and Folktales North & South. The shows range from 30-40 minutes and are produced for family audiences. Each show is performed by two professional, adult actors and put a strong focus on participation from audience volunteers. The shows tour primarily to schools and libraries: efforts will soon be underway to create a more ambitious touring calendar to reach all branches of the Boston Public Library, with multi-lingual productions.

Lyric First Stage

Established in 2006, First Stage is a summer-time intensive for students with some previous theatrical training. Following an audition, students work with professional theatre artists who regularly work on Lyric Stage professional productions, with a focus on the music of Stephen Sondheim – a frequent staple of Lyric Stage professional seasons.

Lyric First Stage is currently on hiatus as the program is re-vamped.

Lyric Neighborhood Stage

In the 2020-2021 Season, the Lyric Stage will pilot Lyric Neighborhood Stage. Working in collaboration with a local affordable housing agency, teaching artists will provide a five-week acting and playwriting program focusing on at-risk youth. This program will provide weekly stipends to children who are “too old” for traditional summer camp and “too young” for a summer job. At the end of the program, the students will mount their own devised theatre piece for an audience of friends and family.

Partnerships

BOSTON DANCE ALLIANCE & CLARENDON HALL

Opened in 2016, Clarendon Hall is the Lyric Stage’s rehearsal studio. When not in use by the Lyric Stage’s professional productions, the facility is rented at below-market rates to members of the Boston Dance Alliance.

FRESH INK THEATRE

Fresh Ink, the Lyric Stage’s new play production partner, develops new work with theatre artists in the New England area. They challenge the Boston community to engage in the evolution of dynamic new work as it transforms from first draft to first production, and beyond.

BOSTON CHINATOWN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

BCNC, one of Lyric Stage’s premiere community partners since 2012, recently opened the new Pao Arts Center in Chinatown, where the Lyric Stage collaborates with BCNC’s after-school programs.

 

 

FRONT PORCH ARTS COLLECTIVE

Inspired in part by the Lyric Stage’s production of Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, the Front Porch Arts Collective, now in residence at Central Square Theatre, examines the interactions between race, economics, culture, gender, and sexuality from a black and brown perspective. The Lyric Stage is committed to supporting “The Porch” as they grow.

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers,
dancers, and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, and upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.

UNITED SCENIC ARTISTS (USA-LOCAL 829)

United Scenic Artists (USA-Local 829) is a labor union representing designers and artists in the entertainment industry. Membership includes the security of working under a collective bargaining agreement, better working conditions and wages, and access to health insurance, a pension plan, an annuity plan, and a 401(K). The members of Local 829 are artists and craftspeople working in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials, and exhibitions.

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (LOCAL 9-535)

80,000 musicians comprise the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). They perform in orchestras, backup bands, festivals, clubs and theaters—both on Broadway and on tour. AFM members also make music for films, TV, commercials and sound recordings. As the largest union of musicians in the world, they have the power to make the music industry work for musicians.

STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY

SDC is the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Their mission is to foster a national community of professional stage Directors and Choreographers by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all our Members; to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities, while educating the current and future generations about the role of Directors and Choreographers; and to provide effective administrative, negotiating and contractual support.

Auditions

The Lyric Stage Company holds Seasonal Open Call Auditions for its productions in the spring preceding the season. Auditions are announced on this website, with Actors Equity Association, and in StageSource’s weekly hotline. We also attend StageSource’s general auditions every year.

An essential aspect of the Lyric’s mission is to cast and hire local talent. Area actors and out-of-town actors with local housing are encouraged to send their headshots and resumes to artistic@lyricstage.com or by mail to:

Artistic Department
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

AEA and Non-AEA Stage Managers are encouraged to submit their resumes to Stephanie Hettrick, Production Manager, at the Lyric Stage Company address above.

Questions? Please e-mail artistic@lyricstage.com.

Audition Information

There are currently no upcoming auditions.

Employment & Internships

Box Office Associate / House Manager (Part-Time)

We are seeking a part-time Box Office Associate/House Manager who works well under pressure and is a creative problem solver. This individual will work in both positions depending on scheduling needs. This position is a vital part of our guest services team.

Box Office Associate

Job Description:

Duties include but are not limited to: management of evening and weekend operations of the box office; assisting the Box Office Manager with a variety of functions including processing and accounting daily ticket revenue via phone, walk-up and web sales; resolving patron complaints or requests and assisting in the maintenance of patron records; assisting with the training, and coaching the Box Office employees; participating in Opening Nights, Special Events and Fundraisers, and relevant meetings; promoting excellence in guest services, and developing and maintaining a friendly and positive Box Office environment for both the customers and the employees; generating reports for various departments; troubleshooting printer and computer problems during daily operations. Evenings and weekends required. Daytime shifts (12-5) also needed. To apply, please email julianna_augustine@lyricstage.com.

House Manager

Job Description:

Responsible for running the Front of House operations during performances. Works with the stage manager to ensure show runs on time. Actively manages a positive experience for guests. Monitors the performance space during the show in order to asses any potential issues and ensure a comfortable environment for all guests. Instruct and supervise volunteer ushers. Supervise concessions staff. Other responsibilities include participating in Opening Nights, Special Events and Fundraisers, and relevant meetings; promoting excellence in patron service, and developing and maintaining a friendly and positive Front of House environment for both the customers and the employees. Evenings and Weekends required.

Qualifications:

The right person works gracefully under pressure, is a creative problem solver, takes initiative and pays great attention to detail and accuracy. Front of House experience and Box office experience is preferred, but we will train the right person who has similar management/customer service background. Good communications, computer and people management skills are essential. Performing arts experience is an asset, but not a requirement. Approximately 10-20 hours/week during the production season. Must work weekends.

To apply, please email julianna_augustine@lyricstage.com.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The Lyric Stage Company undertakes strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all persons have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We seek to build a workforce that reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the community we serve.

Rent our Space

To Rent Any of Our Spaces, Please Contact

Lauren Corcuera | Associate Production Manager
lauren_corcuera@lyricstage.com

ROOM FOR YOUR CREATIVITY

We operate a 240-seat theatre and rehearsal space equipped for dance and musical needs as well as two conference spaces all in the heart of Boston.

When not in use by the Lyric Stage’s professional productions, our rehearsal hall is available for rent. Members of the  the Boston Dance Alliance receive a discounted rate.

The Stage

We operate an intimate 240-seat 3/4 thrust theatre on the second floor of 140 Clarendon St. at Boston’s Copley Square.

Breath & Imagination 2018

The Wolves 2019

View of Stage from Second Row

The Roommate

 

Use the arrows below to take a virtual tour through our space!

The Rehearsal Studio

Opened in 2016, Clarendon Hall is the Lyric Stage’s rehearsal studio. When not in use by the Lyric Stage’s professional productions, the facility is available for rent. Members of the Boston Dance Alliance receive a discounted rate.

Dimensions of Clarendon Hall

Can’t View The Space In Person? Check Out The Interactive 3D Tour Below!


The Conference Spaces

Our office on the second floor of 140 Clarendon St. operates two conference rooms for rent while not in our use. The Kuumba Library holds a maximum of 80 people while the Stuart conference room can hold meetings of around 12 people.

Stuart Conference Room



Kuumba Library Conference Room

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