Observers continue to marvel at the significant role volunteers play in the day-to-day operations of this highly revered live performance venue. Members of the Centrepointe Theatre Volunteer Company (CTVC) possess a unique sense of ownership that drives them to provide undeniably professional service that patrons and artists have grown to cherish.
The value of the CTVC's contribution to the arts community of the City of Ottawa is incalculable. Volunteers have contributed more than 300,000 hours of service since the company's formation in 1988.
With a continual increase in performances, this figure grows annually. Artists have found the performance space at Centrepointe Theatre a welcoming place, largely due to the expertise and congeniality of the volunteers. The CTVC has been recognized for its excellent structure and for the spirit of cooperation that exists between paid and volunteer staff.
The CTVC maintains 150 to 200 members, recruiting from the Ottawa area. Several outstanding volunteers have personally contributed well in excess of the requested eight hours per month, reaching more than 2,000 hours during their time at Centrepointe Theatre.
In 1992, the Centrepointe Theatre Volunteer Company was featured in the TVO series Putting on the Arts hosted by Don Harron with a follow-up that was aired in the fall of 1999 on TVO's Studio 2. Margaret Genovese profiled the CTVC in her book The Art of the Volunteer: Volunteerism in the Professional Performing Arts in Canada. A good reputation that took a decade to forge now stands as the measuring stick for all volunteer organizations.
There are three crews in the company, each one responsible for a different branch of theatrical expertise. Each crew is represented in the CTVC Steering Committee by a crew chief and an alternate crew chief. These senior members are required to attend the monthly Steering Committee meetings and liaise with theatre staff to formulate and implement volunteer activities. They also provide leadership and motivation as well as crew-specific tasks.
To register for the Centrepointe Theatre Volunteer Program , please go to myvolunteerpage.com or contact the Coordinator of the Volunteer Program at 613-580-2424 x14148. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 16 for the Creative Resources and House Crews and 18 for the Stage Crew. As well, we require a minimum commitment of 80 hours per season (September to June).