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!
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 us 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.
In the office
We do a lot with six 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 just 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.
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!
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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Work With Us
Our dynamic style of work demands a unique process for hiring collaborators. Our most traditional theater program, Midnight Radio, extends annual audition opportunities in the fall of each season to both union and non-union performers.
The hiring methods for our immersive and devised works take a more non-traditional route, as they require unique and experienced performers. Requests for these roles might be done by invitation only or through a workshop process that reveals who might be up for this demanding challenge. Stay tuned for upcoming information on how you can be considered for our immersive endeavors.
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 accept submissions for Wordplay on a rolling basis!
WordPlay stories don’t have a specific theme, but a good WordPlay story is:
• True and about you.
• 1,500 to 2,000 words.
• A story! Meaning, it has a beginning, middle, and end. There should be some conflict or tension in addition to scenes that move the action forward. Commentary and reflection about the story are also key.
• WordPlay loves funny stories and poignant stories and all combinations thereof. However, we try to steer clear of the maudlin and overly sentimental.
Stories are accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to email@example.com. We read all submissions and look forward to reading yours! Performers are paid a $100 stipend for 1 rehearsal and 2 performances in Pittsburgh.
Join the Staff
We are not hiring additional staff at this time, but if that changes we will be sure to post information here.
Work with Us in Schools!
Are you a Pittsburgh-based teaching artist?
Bricolage is looking to grow the pool of teaching artists for our in-school Midnight Radio program.
On Saturday, December 10, we’re inviting local teaching artists to join us for a pre-show information session and workshop to introduce you to our education program. Arrive at Bricolage (937 Liberty Ave, downtown) at 10AM for an informal conversation/demonstration and be sure to bring your resume. Plan on staying for the 2pm Midnight Radio matinee of our Holiday Show (on us!)
So save the date, and keep your eyes peeled for the official invitation with RSVP this fall.
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
- RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – to help us get what we need to keep moving forward
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 Jeff Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org, to tell him why you should be part of the best board in the ‘burgh.