A dedicated, trained corps of over 200 volunteers, SAVA members make up a team of ushers that help greet, tear tickets, hand out show programs and ensure the safety and comfort of patrons attending performances and other events at Sangamon Auditorium and the UIS Studio Theatre. Our volunteers also have opportunities to provide support, if interested and available, in the administrative office as needed assisting with marketing, community outreach and the Auditorium’s educational and family programs.
In August each year, we welcome new volunteers to the corps at New Usher Training and refresh the skills of our returning corps at Returning Usher Training.
Sangamon Auditorium Volunteers are requested to volunteer for at least three events a semester and required to attend at least one annual training session. Two training sessions for New Ushers will be offered during the month of August: Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 30 at 3 p.m. New volunteers are only required to attend one of the sessions. Training sessions begin in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby and last approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours. Those planning to attend a training session are asked to RSVP by calling the volunteer hotline at 217.206.8288 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.