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Downstage Theatre

Join Downstage Board of Directors

We are looking for board volunteers for an innovative theatre company with social impact.

Position Activity: Board member
Commitment: Three to six hours/monthly, three year terms available
Location: Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
Suitability: Adult

Downstage is a busy and ambitious theatre company producing plays that create meaningful conversation around social issues. We are currently inviting applications for volunteers to bring their passion, knowledge and insight to our board of directors. Our ideal volunteers have an interest in theatre and are willing to be strong advocates for our company.  We’re looking to create accessible live theatre, amplify stories that represent a multiplicity of lived experiences, develop world premiere works that explore issues of relevance to local audiences and continue to nurture a strong and resilient funding base.

The Downstage board of directors is in the process of transitioning from an operating board to a governance and policy board.  Directors are required to attend regular board meetings each month as well as participate on at least one committee. As stewards for the organization, directors provide strategic direction to staff; tackle the big questions that face our company; regularly review the organization’s financial statements and approve the annual budget; attend Downstage’s productions and events; and cultivate relationships to support the organization as advocates, donors, and volunteers.

Orientation is provided to make sure directors are comfortable and knowledgeable in their role. The typical term of service is three years.

Currently, we’re especially interested in volunteers with skillsets in fundraising, marketing, communications, equity, diversity, and inclusion, professional arts practice, arts administration, finance, and human resources but are open to volunteers with other backgrounds as well.


Visit to learn more about us, then submit a completed Board Application Form along with your resume and a brief statement of interest to Artistic Director, Clare Preuss at

Feel free to send us any questions beforehand, too. Our recruitment committee will follow up with all applications received. Thank you!