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Volunteer at Festival 56

You can participate as much or as little as you want; we welcome you with open arms!

If you are interested in helping with various aspects of the festival, such as housing, ushering and social activities, please use the Festival 56 General Volunteer Form.

If you are interested in working in a hands-on capacity on Festival 56 productions, either in one of our shops or backstage, please use the Festival 56 Production Volunteer Form.

Please mail your completed form to:
Festival 56
316 S. Main St.
Princeton, IL 61356

or email the form to

For more information on volunteering or housing, please call the box office at (815) 879-5656 Ext. 11 or email us at

Americorps Volunteer Positions with Festival 56 - Application deadline is April 15, 2016.

Learning Stage, the Education Committee of the Princeton Theatre Group, has two AmeriCorps positions open for our Summer 2016 season. The successful applicants will be on site from June 1 to July 31. AmeriCorps Volunteers work 300 hours and receive approximately $3,000 each, separated into a living stipend and a college tuition waiver.

Camp 56 will be the primary responsibility for one volunteer, with the other volunteer providing limited support. Camp responsibilities include programming, supervision, paperwork, and communicating with parents and Festival 56 staff.

The second volunteer will be responsible for multiple educational platforms. He or she will serve as moderator for three venues: "Meet the Plays," a panel discussion of directors, technical staff, and genre experts concerning the upcoming season; "Basic Bill," a 15-minute lesson on the life and times of Shakespeare, including the play "The Winter's Tale," to be presented before each of the nine performances; and "Opening Night Talkbacks," post-performance discussions with the actors and directors.

The volunteers will also be responsible for gathering specific data throughout the season. This includes a count of patrons for demographic purposes as well as interviews with play-goers, providing the staff with informed data to drive the future. A returning series of workshops (stage combat/improvisation) will require the volunteers to assist the workshop leaders. Educating the audience during our 'New Works Festival,' staged readings of one-act plays, will be included in their volunteer hours. Each AmeriCorps volunteer will be mentored initially with the goal of becoming independent by the end of the season.

Listed below is the link through which individuals can complete the application and reference form. Upon completion, the forms can be emailed to, faxed to 815-835-5213 or mailed to:

     ABC AmeriCorps
     173 IL Rt. 2
     Dixon, IL 61021

Three references are required to be on file within 30 days from the interview.

Download an Americorps Application Here

Individuals are encouraged to contact the Sauk Valley AmeriCorps Office if they have any questions about the program.

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