Volunteer with Theatre Oxford

Right now, we are looking for people interested in Public Relations, Stage Managing, Producing, Directing, Marketing, and Fundraising.

No experience is required. We have some amazing, generous professionals who are happy to train you. For more info on what these roles (and others) include, please check out our Volunteer Opportunities for role descriptions. Then fill out our Volunteer Interest Form (button below). If you have questions, get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you: theatreoxford@gmail.com.

About Volunteering

Everyone has a role to play!

Since 1997, our passionate, volunteer-led organization has been creating and delivering theatrical works for the community of Lafayette County in North Mississippi and beyond. At Theatre Oxford we are committed to producing quality, theatrical experiences. We strongly believe in the emotional power of storytelling and the special ability of the theater to bring diverse people together for enrichment and fun.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Be a part of a creative team of volunteers
  • Get hands on experience in theatre production
  • See how all aspects of theatrical production work come together
  • Learn about community theatre

Volunteer Opportunities & Role Descriptions


We hold auditions prior to shows. Join our mailing list and follow us on social media to make sure you see casting announcements. You’ll see a separate area for auditions on our website under Volunteer.

On occasion, we also support actors who have developed their own shows. If you want to propose a production of a one-person show, improv night or other type of acting endeavor, email us at theatreoxford@gmail.com

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the executive arm of Theatre Oxford and consists of nine or more members. The Board is elected by majority vote of the membership present and voting at an annual meeting. Terms last a maximum of three years and are staggered so new members are elected each year; however, members may serve more than one consecutive term. At times, interim appointments may be necessary. Any interim appointments made by the sitting board must be approved by the membership at the next annual meeting.

Each Board Member is expected to demonstrate commitment to the organization by contributing financially or making in-kind contributions of time or resources to the extent of their ability and circumstances. 

Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors and include a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer.

At regularly scheduled meetings, the Board of Directors conduct the business of Theatre Oxford, including but not limited to, selection of theatrical venues, assignment of personnel, approval of scheduling, commitment of resources, fundraising, partnerships, and other actions to advance the mission and vision of Theatre Oxford.


Asset Management Committee: 4 members

This committee organizes, catalogues, and keeps track of Theatre Oxford’s physical assets, such as props, costumes, and set elements.

Finance Committee: 2 members

Chaired by the TO Treasurer, the finance committee oversees budgeting of the entire Theatre Oxford organization, including dues notification and collections, budget approvals, monitoring spending for productions, and a joint annual audit at the end of each fiscal year. 

Front of House Committee: 4 members

This committee is our hospitality force. They manage admissions, on-site ticket sales, and concessions while welcoming our audience.

Marketing & PR Committee: 6 members

This committee handles marketing for specific productions and Theatre Oxford events, managing our social media accounts, seeking out relationships with the press, designing marketing materials, and updating the website. They disseminate information to our membership base.

Membership Development and Nominations Committees: 2 members

This committee maintains membership rolls and mailing lists for services; they also present nominees for initial or replacement board positions.

Planning Committee: 4-6 members

These people recommend a season of 3 stand-alone plays, 1 ten-minute play festival, and any other special events to the Board.

Production Committee: 6 members

This committee assesses project needs and helps find directors, producers, crew members, and physical resources for productions. Key duties include:

  • Reading the scripts proposed by the selection committee to report on the production needs, estimated costs (broad estimate, not line-item estimate), and overall viability of producing the shows proposed.
  • Working with the financial office to create and/or solidify show budgets.
  • Providing support for the Production Manager of individual shows, whose job is to oversee all aspects of the production.

Resource Development Committee: 4 members

This committee oversees fundraising efforts, including grant development, ad sales, and community partnerships.

Production Team

Scroll the positions or use the links to navigate to your area of interest.

Production Manager | Director | Stage Manager | Technical Director | Costume Director/Designer | Scenic Director/Designer | Lighting Designer | Props Manager | House Manager

Producer: Overview of the role

Time commitment (Producer): 10-15 hours per week for 4-5 weeks

The Production Manager oversees every aspect of a production, making sure everyone on the production and creative teams are advancing on schedule, on budget, and in collaboration.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working with Treasurer and Director to create Budget for Board approval.
  • Monitoring spending to ensure the production stays within budget
  • Securing a venue for the production with the Board’s help
  • Reserving rehearsal space
  • Securing a production team; making sure all positions are filled
  • Assisting the Director in creating an audition and rehearsal schedule
  • Ensuring deadlines are being met
  • Working with outside vendors to schedule payment, delivery and pick up
  • Coordinating with marketing, resource development, and the Board
  • Calling production meetings with creative staff

Director: Overview of the role

Time commitment: 10-20 hours per week for 4-5 weeks

The director has the challenging task of bringing together the many complex pieces of a production—the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting and sound and music—into a unified whole. To accomplish this task, a director needs to:

  • Interpret the script
  • Cast the production
  • Collaborate with designers
  • Plan the rehearsals
  • Guide the actors in their work during rehearsals.

The director’s work is most often based on a detailed study and analysis of the script to be produced. Many careful readings of the script help the director understand the playwright’s intentions, which will inform interpretation. Learn more about directing.

 Stage Manager: Overview of the role

Time commitment: 10-20 hours per week for 3-5 weeks

Stage managers (SM) typically provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process. They also run the show during performances.

During rehearsals, the SM records the director’s decisions about blocking, technical cues, acting notes, logistics, and scheduling. At the end of each rehearsal, the SM submits a rehearsal report on the progress and emerging needs of the production. This work enables the director to concentrate on directing, while preparing the SM to assume responsibility for the show in performance.

Stage managers have several key responsibilities and tasks to perform in each phase of a production, including:

  • Attending all rehearsals
  • Preparing for and rehearsals
  • Marking out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall
  • Making sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
  • Recording blocking and lighting, sound, and set change cues in the prompt book
  • Notifying the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal 
  • Coordinating the work of the stage crew
  • Calling sound, lighting, set change, and possibly actors’ entrance cues during performance
  • Overseeing the run of a show from its first to last performance

Technical Director: Overview of the role

Time commitment: varies by production/will be determined by Theatre Oxford in advance

The Technical Director (TD) has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of a theatre or performing arts center, including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating necessary maintenance. As such, this role is usually filled by the TD employed by the venue.

A TD may do any or all of the following:

  • Operate, maintain, and safeguard the technical assets of the theatre
  • Determine the necessary technical supports and special needs for events
  • Design, set up, maintain, and operate lighting and sound systems for events
  • Advise production managers and designers on the technical specifications, costs, and use of technical equipment
  • Supervise the implementation of approved technical designs 
  • Supervise and assist with set and stage construction and management.
  • Assist in recruiting and training technical staff or crew for individual shows
  • Orient facility renters to space and safety protocols
  • Maintain lighting, sound, and rigging equipment
  • Assist with the preparation and control of production budgets
  • Attend technical week rehearsals to supervise and assist in mounting the show
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors or theatre leadership regarding capital purchases of technical equipment

Costume Director/Designer: Overview of the role

Time commitment: varies by production/will be determined by Theatre Oxford in advance

Costume designers create the look of each character by designing clothes and accessories the actors will wear in performance. Depending on style and complexity, costumes may be made, bought, revamped from existing stock, or rented.

It is also the costume designer’s responsibility to create a costume plot—a list or chart that shows which characters appear in each scene, what they are wearing and their overall movement throughout the play. This helps track the specific costume needs of every character and identify any potential costume challenges, such as very quick changes between scenes.

Though designers in some theatres have a costume manager to assemble and oversee a group of volunteers to collect, construct, and alter costumes. The designer for Theatre Oxford also oversees construction (i.e., director/designer).

Key responsibilities of the costume director/designer include:

  • Reading he script for details informing costume and style requirements
  • Research period, look, and style for the play
  • Participate in meetings with the director, design team, and other members
  • Create the look for each character (including those not be named in the script)
  • Create a costume plot
  • Create colored sketches, collages, or renderings of costume designs
  • Oversee collection, construction, and alterations of costumes
  • Oversee return (in good condition) of rented or borrowed items
  • Collaborate with theatre crew throughout production

Scenic Director/Designer: Overview of the role

Time commitment: varies by production/will be determined by Theatre Oxford in advance

The set designer is responsible for designing the physical surroundings in which the action of the story will take place. Generally, a set designer does not build sets, but Theatre Oxford hires a set designer who also acts as a scenic director, overseeing the assembly of the set and stage properties. All the things appearing on the stage other than the scenery are called stage properties or stage props, such as furniture, draperies, and decorations.

The role involves collaborating and communicating with the director, producer, technical director, costume designer, lighting designer, and properties manager.  

 In general, the scenic director / set designer will:

  • Read script(s)
  • Produce a rough sketch of the set in the preliminary phase
  • Draft floor plans (to scale) showing the floor layout of each setting
  • Draw front elevations giving a view of the elements of the set from the front
  • Potentially create models showing how each set will look when finished
  • Prepare estimate of set costs
  • Manage spending and stay within budget
  • Attend designated rehearsals
  • Collaborate with theatre crew
  • Oversee striking (take-down) of the set after production.

Learn more about scenic design.

Lighting Designer: Overview of the role

Time commitment: varies by production/will be determined by Theatre Oxford in advance

Lighting designers ensure the audience can see what’s happening onstage, as well as create mood and direct focus. They determine how many lanterns (or light fixtures) will be needed to create a wash across the stage and to feature certain areas, as well as what color to use with each fixture. They also create any special effects needed.

Before hanging and focusing lights, the designer creates a light plot, showing where the electrics (i.e., pipes from which lanterns hang), light trees, beams or other support units will be placed in relation to the stage. The plot also shows where lights will be hung, the area electrics will be focused on, and the color (if any) being used for the light.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Reading script(s)
  • Collaborating with the technical director to understand limitations of the venue and safety issues
  • Collaborating with the producer, director, costume designer, and set designer during the design process
  • Creating a light plot
  • Preparing estimate of lighting costs (if any)
  • Attending designated rehearsals
  • Hanging and focusing lights
  • Collaborating with theatre crew during technical rehearsals
  • Overseeing a safe strike (removal and storage of lanterns/equipment after production).

Props Manager: Overview of the role

Time commitment: varies by production/will be determined by Theatre Oxford in advance

The Props Manager is responsible for designing, creating, and/or securing all hand properties needed for the show (except for what are deemed costume accessories). Hand props are any item actors handle during the play. The Props manager will also support the stage manager in securing rehearsal props, as well as the set director/designer in securing stage props (such as furniture, drapes, and decoration).

In general, the Props Manager:

  • Works with director to understand the needs related to time-period or other limitations 
  • Creates a props list for each show with the director and stage manager
  • Estimates expenditures and submits a request to the producer
  • Works within the assigned budget
  • Collects all receipts for expenses and turns them into the producer 
  • Works with producer to find alternate sources for props if challenges arise
  • Ensures props are ready according to schedule 
  • Assist actors in safe usage of props and understanding of any special concerns
  • Organizes prop tables in collaboration with stage manager
  • Oversees the training of props crew (if any) to explain set-up and production tasks
  • Strikes all props at end of show and returns to the prop shop or place of origin

House Manager: Overview of the role

Time commitment: varies by production/will be determined by Theatre Oxford in advance

The house manager (HM) is responsible for the smooth operation of the house (typically the lobby and audience seating area) during the run of the show. The HM trains front-of-house volunteers with an understanding those volunteers may be the only members of Theatre Oxford with whom the audience interacts on a regular basis. All interactions are of prime importance.

The HM ensures the audience feels welcome, appreciated, and safe—before, during, and after the show—and resolves any issues in a respectful and appreciative manner, answering questions, listening to compliments, and noting concerns.

Key duties of the house manager may include:

  • Recruiting, training, and supervising box office workers, ushers, concessions workers and merchandise workers.
  • Ensuring excellent customer service from all front-of-house workers
  • Being aware of safety protocols for all emergency situations and providing leadership if emergencies arise
  • Providing leadership in emergency situations
  • Coordinating (with Stage Manager) when lobby and theatre/house opens during preview and performances
  • Managing program distribution and other patron materials
  • Maintaining the appearance of the lobby and all public areas
  • Communicating with maintenance to ensure a clean environment, including restrooms
  • Maintaining ticket-scanning equipment, hearing impaired devices, and walkie-talkies for communicating with stage manager
  • Completing and distributing a house report for each performance
  • Working closely with Producer to ensure proper staff is in place for all performances
  • Along with the stage manager, ensure all lights are turned off after each show and all doors are locked, and that no water is left running.

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