Arts Council of Hillsborough County
1000 N. Ashley St., Suite 105
Tampa, FL 33602
The Arts Council actually oversees the majority of visual and performing arts organizations in Hillsborough County. With just a few clicks, you can see all of the employment and volunteer opportunities available to you on just one website. If you are artistically talented and want to share your passion with others, you can peruse the listing for schools and private studios looking for instructors of acting, voice and dance. If you are just seeking a fun hobby that includes your love for theater, you can comb through the list of volunteer opportunities for places like Moffit Cancer Center Arts in Medicine, Stageworks Theater and Jobsite Theater.
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
There’s no business like show business, and no one else does it quite like the Straz. Volunteer opportunities abound here with everything from ushering a show to assisting classroom teachers in the Patel Conservatory. All prospective volunteers need to fill out a four-page packet that includes your skills, interests, availability and volunteer background. Once your application is processed, you will be one of the hundreds of volunteers that saves the Straz center $500,000 annually — funds that go straight to the performing arts community.
1111 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759
Ruth Eckerd Hall hosts a variety of programs and needs volunteers for all of them. You can volunteer yourself for concessions, office help, ushering or community events, such as arts festivals. To be considered for volunteer opportunities, you must fill out a four-page application that includes information such as your education level, availability and references. Before you know it, you will be working side by side with others just like you — arts and theater lovers who want to make a positive impact on the community.
4335-5 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
If you’d rather be the one on the stage, the Carrollwood Playhouse puts on several shows per year for amateur actors in the community. Audition information varies from show to show, depending on what type of casting is needed, but generally, there will be a few days of open auditions followed by one evening of callbacks a few days later. Musical productions require an audition of approximately 32 bars in the same style of music as the show, while dramatic productions require a monologue of approximately two minutes. Also be prepared for cold readings from the script and check the Carrollwood Playhouse’s website for details specific to each round of auditions.
10901 N. 56th St.
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
If you have a budding thespian in your home, the Masque Theater is the perfect setting for him or her to try out some acting, since it specializes in youth performances for ages four through 19. Audition requirements change based on what type of casting is required, but all details are posted on the Masque Theater’s auditions page on its website. Past productions include “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “The Music Man.”