Where To Usher (And See Free Shows!) In NYC

New York City is a theater lover’s paradise. With so many Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Offoffoffoffoffoff (you get the idea;-) Broadway venues, it’s possible to see a new show, every single day of the year, and still never get it all in. But even the tiniest theaters all the way out in East Brooklyn cost money, so we’re here today to share our list of theaters that are currently accepting volunteer ushers…meaning you get ALL THE THEATER FOR FREE!

Being a volunteer usher is one of the BEST ways to see unlimited theater for absolutely free–you simply show up about an hour before showtime, stuff a few Playbills, and guide patrons to their seats as they start to trickle in. Once the show starts, you grab an empty seat (or stand, if there’s really no room–but I’ve never had this happen), and enjoy the show! Afterwards, some theaters will have you stay for a few minutes to pick up any plastic wine cups or leftover Playbills, but other than that you’re done! So for just about an hour of “work”, you get to see a free show, and be around other theater lovers, too!

A few of the theaters have jumped onto the digital bandwagon, but as you can see a lot of them still have you call in if you’d like to volunteer. The good part is, once you’re on a theater’s “list”, you’ll get regular updates of new shows and opportunities.

Where To Volunteer Usher In NYC

Theater Contact Information to Become a Volunteer Usher
Abingdon Theatre Company Email: usher@abingdontheatre.org
Atlantic Theater Company Call: 646-216-1191
Century Center Theater Call: 212-982-6782 ext. 11
The Cherry Lane Theatre Call: 212-989-2020
Classic Stage Company Email: housemanager@classicstage.org
The Culture Project Email: ushers@cultureproject.org
Ensemble Studio Theatre Call: 212-247-4982
Here Art Center Call: 212-647-0202
Irish Repertory Theatre Email: ushers@irishrep.org
The Laura Pells Theatre Call: 212-719-9393
Lucille Lortel Theater Call: 212-924-2817 ext. 207
Manhattan Theatre Club  Email: volunteer@mtc-nyc.org
Mint Theater Company Call: 212-315-9434
New York Theater Workshop Call: 212-780-9037
Pearl Theatre Call: 212-598-9802
Playwrights Horizon Email: usher@phnyc.org
Primary Stages Call: 212-840-9705
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Email: ushers@rattlestick.org
The Roundabout Theatre Company Call: 212- 719-9393
Second Stage Theatre Email: JSchleifer@2ST.com
The Signature Theatre Company Call: 212-244-7529
Soho Repertory Theatre Call: 212-941-8632
Studio 54 Call: 212-719-9393
Theatre Row Call: 212-714-2442
The Vineyard Theatre Call: 212-353-3366 ext. 214
The Wooster Group Call: 212-966-9796
Women’s Project Theatre Email: info@womensproject.org
York Theatre Company Call: 212-935-5824 ext. 15

Did we leave any out? If so, leave the info in the comments below or shoot me an email at info@usedyorkcity.com, and we’ll be sure to update!




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