Volunteer with Thalian Association Community Theatre Today

Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization that is dedicated to enhancing the rich artistic environment of the Cape Fear region. Tracing its roots back to 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre was founded to provide arts education and bring the excitement of the performing arts to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Members elect the volunteer Board of Directors for the Thalian Association Community Theatre, and our Board elects our officers. Salaried positions include: Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Community Arts Center Director/Operations Coordinator, with all other manpower coming from scores of loyal volunteers. Membership in the community theatre organization is enjoyed by hundreds of Wilmingtonians, as well as patrons from throughout the region.
This year we will produce five productions on the Main Stage of historic Thalian Hall, five Youth Theatre productions on the Second Street Stage in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, five productions at the Red Barn Studio Theatre and host special fundraising events in the Cape Fear Region. None of these productions and events are possible without the support of our volunteers.
Since 1994 we have managed the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. Special events are often held at the HBHUSO/CAC, with the largest being our annual Orange Street ArtsFest, held every Memorial Day weekend for over 21 years. Volunteers are needed to assist with the organization and technical production of special events, such as the OSAF and a new art exhibition ARTFall.
Are you looking for a way to contribute to our community? We hope you will join our community theatre family and continue our tradition of performing arts and culture in the Cape Fear region. One person can make a big impact!
All volunteer projects qualify for student community service hours.


Available Thalian Association Community Theatre Volunteer Opportunities:
Set Construction and Painting: Assist with moving flats and lumber, assembling sets, minor carpentry work, painting, striking sets and moving supplies to and from our storage unit. This happens predominantly on the weekend prior to the show opening, and the weekend we close each show
Set Decoration, Props, and Lobby: Help locate and acquire props, furnishing and set decoration, and return these items to their owners after the show
Costume and Makeup: Acquire costumes as needed, as well as make minor alterations and fittings. These folks would also assist actors with makeup and hair on show nights
Production: Various production duties include Producer, Stage Manager, Set Designer, Costumer, Set Decorator, Technical Director, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Assistant Director, etc
Stage Management: Move sets, furniture, props and decorations during scene change
Poster Distribution: Assist with distributing posters and flyers
Box Office/Concession Stand & Usher: Help sell tickets and concession items on show nights, distribute programs and assist with seating for Youth Theatre Productions and at the Red Barn Studio Theatre
Special Events & Fundraisers: represent Thalian Association Community Theatre at the marketing table, distribute information, answer questions and event support as needed including set up and break down
Cast Meals: donate your culinary talents for the cast
Auditions: assist with audition registration at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center for all Thalian Hall, Youth Theatre & Red Barn Studio productions
Administrative Support: help with daily operations at the Community Arts Center, assist Artistic Director and Executive Director


Know the Language – Theatre Jargon
If you’ve just started, maybe you’ve heard a term back stage that you don’t quite understand the meaning of. Check our list of theatre jargon – that might help


Main Stage and Youth Performance Schedule
Rock of Ages Sept. 29 – Oct. 9, 2016
Grease Oct. 14 – 23, 2016
Elf Jr. Dec. 1 – 4, 2016
Annie Warbucks Dec. 8 – 18, 2016
Disney’s The Little Mermaid (In Concert) Jan. 20 – 29, 2017
They’re Playing Our Song Feb. 9 – 19, 2017
Really Rosie Feb. 24 – March 5, 2017
Gypsy March 30 – April 9, 2017
A Chorus Line April 28 – May 7, 2017
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof May 18 – 28, 2017


Red Barn Studio Theatre Performance Schedule
The Mercy Seat Aug. 11 – 28, 2016
Shows for Days Nov. 3 – 20, 2016
Sex with Strangers March 9 – 26, 2017
The Lyons June 8 – 25, 2017


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Contact Us

Susan Habas
Executive Director

Chandler Davis
Artistic Director

Samantha Herrick
Community Arts Center Director

Lance Howell
Technical Advisor

Thalian Association
Box 1111
Wilmington, NC 28402

Red Barn Studio Theatre
1122 S. 3rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28402

Thalian Hall Box Office
310 Chestnut St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-632-2285

Our Generous Supporters:

Our heartfelt thanks to the generous organizations who supported the Thalian Association Community Theatre with grant awards for our 2016-2017 season.  These funds provide much-needed support for our productions, programs and operating expenses.

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