American Realness



Volunteers are an essential part of the American Realness team helping us realize the festival to the greatest potential. In recognition for your time, we offer you a FREE ticket to an American Realness performance at Abrons Arts Centre for every shift that you complete. Becoming an American Realness volunteer offers you an opportunity to gain intimate access into the festivals working, the festival staff and artists contributing to the festival.

American Realness runs from January 9th through the 16th, 2018 at Abrons Arts Center, Gibney Dance, The Invisible Dog Art Center, SculptureCenter, Participant Inc. and more. As a Volunteer with the festival there are several different shifts that are offered. These include:

Theater Preparation:
Each volunteer shift begins ONE HOUR before the performance you are assisting. For a 7PM performance you will report to the theater by 6PM. Responsibilities include:

  • Walking through the house to pick up any programs or trash from the previous show.
  • Assisting with show “change-over” if necessary (minimal).
  • In most cases, you will have the opportunity to watch the show you assist. Because of this you cannot assist back-to-back shows.

American Realness hosts a pop-up bookshop in the lobby at Abrons where different academic journals, performance texts and other publications/merchandise are sold. The bookshop will be staffed with one volunteer at a time for the duration of the festival at Abrons. Shifts are in 3-4 hour increments. Responsibilities include:

  • Setting up and maintaining the appearance of the bookshop.
  • Tracking bookshop merchandise and sales.
  • Answering general information questions about the festival.

We are looking for volunteers with technical experience between January 2nd-10th. You do not have to be available for all of these dates to volunteer.

If you are interested in doing any sort of production work, please let us know what areas of production you are interested, any production experience you have, and what your availability is.

How do I sign up?

Please fill out this Volunteer Information Form which will be automatically sent to Volunteer Coordinator, Sasha Kleinplatz If you have any questions about the positions or your availability please don’t hesitate to reach out.

If you think you have something else to offer us please get in touch, we are always looking for talented people with skills they would like to contribute to the festival.