Dear Patrons,

As a non-profit organization, we reply on volunteers for many important possitions at the theatre. We welcome and invite you  to apply for the following volunteer postions.

  • Lobby Volunteers
  • Administrative Work
  • Show Volunteers
  • Staff Volunteers: Box Office/House Manager

The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut hosts approximately 12,000 patrons every season and we invite you to become part of the Bradley Playhouse family! Please pick up a volunteer application after a show, fill out our online form or download the application from our website, or visit the box office between the hours of 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. The volunteer application can be returned via e-mail to , Attn: Debby Thurston, or mail the application back to the Bradley Playhouse c/o Debby Thurston, P.O. Box 71, Putnam, CT 06260. Volunteer applications will be reviewed weekly and volunteers will be contacted as soon as possible to go over the application and discuss your interests.

If you would like a brief overview of volunteer positions available at the theatre and their functions and requirements, please see descriptions below, or you can view them online at our event sign- up website,
We hope there is a volunteer position that interests you and we look forward to meeting and speaking with you!

Debby Thurston
Volunteer Coordinator
TNECT at the Bradley Playhouse

Volunteer Positions:

We ask all our volunteers to come at least 60 minutes before the start of a show. (See individual descriptions on our online volunteer sign up site.) We ask our front of the house volunteers to be dressed “business casual” – professional, yet comfortable. A white shirt/blouse and black pants/skirt or a dress is encouraged, but not required. No shorts, T-shirts, or jeans are allowed.

Most of our volunteers need to be 18 years or older due to safety regulations; however, minors may volunteer if accompanied by an adult. The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut has a no drug/alcohol policy while working.

Lobby – Concessions, Ticket Taker, Greeter, Programs:

Concession volunteers are required to work prior to the start of a show by making popcorn and selling concessions. They are also required to sell concessions during intermission and must stay after the show to resupply the candy, water, and containers as well as clean the lobby area.

The Greeter and Ticket Taker work prior to the show and may stay after the show to help clean the lobby.

Program distribution (may be under 18) requires the volunteer to hand out programs only.

Ushers (must be 18 years of age) are required to work before, during and after the show. They help our patrons find their seats, stand at the back of the theatre during the show in case of an emergency, and are required to stay and help clean the theater after the show.

Show Volunteers:

Cast, Directors, Assistant Directors, Producers, Stage Managers and Stage Hands, Light/Sound Techs, Set Designers, Set Builders, Hairdressers/Makeup, and Costumers.

Staff Volunteers:

Box Office and House Managers

Box Office volunteers have the opportunity to work during the week or on weekends. These volunteers sell tickets over the phone and at the box office. They may be asked to make calls to our flex and season pass holders, helping them to reserve their seats for an upcoming show. Training is required for this position and a minimum of 10-20 hours of volunteer hours per year is required.

The House Manager is required to arrive at the theatre two hours before the start of the show (for example, for 7:30 arrive 5:30). This individual makes sure the theatre is ready to open to patrons by checking all exits, restrooms, and making sure that the heat/air conditioner is on the correct temperature setting. The House Manager counts and puts the cash in the concession and box office drawers. The House Manager greets the volunteers to be sure these individuals know which position they have volunteered for and understand the requirements of the position. There is light accounting required, such as counting and posting the box office/concession receipts for the show. The House Manager also stays after the show to be sure the theatre is clean. Training is required for this position and a minimum of 10-20 volunteer hours per year is required.

Administrative Volunteers:

Are needed to work during regular office hours, which are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. The tasks of these volunteers include data entry, answering the phone, helping with mailers, running errands, going to the post office and sorting the mail.

To start volunteering with TNECT

Click on the image above to fill out the volunteer application form.

Work a Show

To sign up to work at a specific show performance, click HERE to sign up!