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Volunteer

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Festival and work closely with the Festival staff and participants. Volunteers contribute to a variety of duties, which include conducting surveys, assisting stage managers, audiovisual documentation of performances, and general administrative and production support. These are just a few of the opportunities available. Year after year, volunteers return to the Festival because it offers great fun, great people, and lots to learn.

In 2023, the Festival will take place June 28–July 4 and July 6–9. The registration system will open in the spring. Until then, please sign up for the mailing list below for updates.

Festival Volunteer Mailing List


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