We get a lot of questions about how to get involved with Bricolage, and we can think of no better way than through participation.
Whether you volunteer to work the box office at Midnight Radio, respond to a call on social media to paint props for an upcoming immersive, or offer your unique talents in service to our board of directors, your participation doesn’t just support Bricolage – it serves as a vehicle to help us get to know you better.
We value our Brico-family and are mindful about crafting dynamic and creative opportunities for engagement. Check out the opportunities below and see where you might be able to contribute to our growing family. We would love for you to get involved!
Work With Us
Call for Artists!
Be a part of our new micro-immersive fundraiser, Bazaar! We’re giving 12 local artists, from installation artists to escape room designers to musicians and performers, each a 12’ X 8’ X 8’ storage pod to create intimate immersive experiences. Artists will have one week and a modest budget to implement their designs on site. Think you have what it takes to design an experience? Know someone who might? Proposals are due by 5:00pm on Monday, August 6th.
Learn more about proposals here.
We held an open call for immersive artists in January and Midnight Radio performers in June. When we have a new opportunity coming up, we’ll be sure to post it here – and you can always be the first to know by signing up for our newsletter.
We are a company that creates original works. We are not a presenting house and do not seek out plays to produce. Since 2012 we have veered away from presenting traditional theater scripts and are no longer accepting submissions of plays that follow the established rules of traditional theater. Occasionally, we pursue radio scripts for our Midnight Radio program. Stay tuned here for future Midnight Radio submission opportunities.
We are currently accepting submissions for Wordplay!
Here at Bricolage, we love stories. Funny stories, sad stories, dramatic stories, adventure stories, even stories about the everyday. Although all stories are valid, they might not be a WordPlay story. So what makes a good WordPlay story, you ask?
A good WordPlay story should:
- Be honest, true and about you
- Include some conflict or tension
- Have scenes like a movie that move the action forward
- Feature a little commentary and reflection (without going overboard)
- Include a sense of humility and vulnerability
- Have a beginning, middle, and end
- Be 1,500 to 2,000 words long
A good WordPlay story should NOT:
- Take itself too seriously – you need to be able to laugh at yourself!
- Be the simple recounting of a memory or list of events
- Be maudlin and overly sentimental
- Be a work of fiction or a story about someone else
- Be an essay or an opinion piece
To submit your story for consideration email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We read all submissions and look forward to reading yours! Performers are paid a $100 stipend for 1 rehearsal and 2 performances in downtown Pittsburgh theater.
Work with Us in Schools!
Bricolage’s Midnight Radio Education Program brings project-based, arts education to schools. Bricolage is looking to grow the pool of teaching artists for our in-school Midnight Radio program. If you would like to know more about the program and how to be a teaching artist, please email us at email@example.com.
We love our volunteers and we couldn’t do what we do without them. If you want to get a look at the inside of the office, behind the stage, or just get your hands dirty in exchange for food and abundant affection, below are a few of the ways you can get involved. We ask that our volunteers be punctual, kind, and willing to work. If you think you’ve got what it takes, you can email Fred at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started, or join our volunteer mailing list to get an email when we could use some extra hands.
At our shows
Every single time we have a performance, we could use volunteers. We like to have three – one at our bar, one at the merch table, and one at the front to help the box office out. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, we’ll be right beside you if you have any questions, and for one hour of work, you get a free show and complimentary drinks that same night. You can come back as many times as you like!
In the office
We do a lot with eight full-timers, but we could do even more with your help! We almost always have organizing to be done, files to get in line, and social media posts to polish. We also have a list of projects we would get to if we only had more time. If you want to get a look, you’re welcome to come hang out with us in the office. We only ask that you keep any insider secrets you learn to yourself, and that you forgive Jeffrey when he spontaneously bursts into song at his desk.
Behind the scenes
It takes a lot to mount a show. There’s plenty of building, painting, cleaning, and shopping to go around. If you want to roll up your sleeves and lend a hand to the production team, we’ve got a role for you.
Doing what you do best
If you have a specific skill set – like accounting, WordPress, graphic design, carpentry, or another great specialty – we can probably put it to use. If you don’t see something listed here that you’d like to help us out with, let us know!
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Join the Board
Bricolage’s board of directors aren’t your average bimonthly gathering of suits. They don’t just sit around and talk about what to do; they roll up their sleeves with the staff to get it done.
You might see them hauling out equipment after our annual fundraiser or dropping by the Bricolage office with a surprise stack of pizzas. They’re a team of trailblazers: lawyers, finance consultants, marketing moguls, nonprofit leaders, and social justice advocates. They’re not just thinkers, but doers, who are all willing to get their hands dirty, to take risks, and to generously lend their time, support, and leadership to Bricolage’s staff and vision.
The board has three active committees:
- FINANCE COMMITTEE – to help us make sure that nonprofit is a tax status and not a business model
- INCLUSION AND ACCESSIBILITY COMMITTEE – to help us create a welcoming and inclusive environment, and to ensure that our work is created mindfully and with intention
- EVENTS COMMITTEE – to help us make sure all our special events are successful
We ask all board members to come to our shows, to serve on one committee, and to participate in our bi-monthly (that’s every other month) meetings. To view our list of current board members/rock stars, click here.
If you’re a local leader who thinks you can make an impact at Bricolage, email Jackie Baker at email@example.com, to tell her why you should be part of the best board in the ‘Burgh.