The Bardavon has a long history of community support. In fact, we rely on many Hudson Valley residents for the time and talents they share with us as volunteers throughout the year. Bardavon volunteers have played a vital role in our success since the very beginning.
Believe it or not, our entire team of ushers is comprised of volunteers. Their responsibilities include taking tickets, showing people to their seats, distributing programs, monitoring rest rooms, directing patrons to the concessions, and assisting the House staff with any special needs that arise during performances.
Ushers are recruited through an interview process and receive mandatory training before their first show assignment. Ushers must be willing to work in the Poughkeepsie and Kingston locations, and are asked to sign up for performances based on their availability. They are welcome and encouraged to watch the performances, although seating is frequently limited and subject to availability.
Volunteers help separate and sort files for preservation as well as create and maintain a database to categorize archival material. They also assist in occasional research projects.
Volunteers help with labeling, sorting, envelope stuffing, filing and data entry throughout the Bardavon season. Volunteers with a flexible schedule are contacted on an “as needed” basis.
Operating and maintaining two historic theaters requires many different services. Many people, and businesses, offer their time, helping to defer overhead costs. Services have included: computer consultation, telephone repair, engineering, photography, transportation, carpentry, hospitality, catering, legal services, gardening, painting, plastering, decorating and cleaning.