Looking to volunteer with Festival Antigonish?

Each summer, Festival Antigonish works with a large number of community members to ensure a smooth operational running of our professional plays. The majority of our volunteers in the summer are ushers who help welcome patrons to the theatre and directing them to their seats. Usher roles include handing out our programs or patron information flyers, checking guests in at the door, or providing accessiblity assistance.

If you are looking for a more hands-on volunteer experience, we invite you to head over to our Theatre Antigonish page where you can be involved on stage, behind the scenes, or participate in other amazing opportunities.

2023 Festival Antigonish Ushering

Welcome to our new and returning ushers! This year, all of our ushering roles are available by online sign-up only. Please follow the below links to sign up to usher for your preferred dates.

If you are new, please email our Front of House team at fohmanager@stfx.ca and let us know when your first date is so we can arrange for training and instructions.

Most of all, have fun and enjoy the show! Our theatre could not operate without our patrons and volunteers – thank you!


The New Canadian Curling Club

July 5 – 21, 2023

Performances: Tuesday – Sunday 7:30pm | Saturdays 2pm matinees

Approximate run time: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission

Murder For Two

August 11 – 26, 2023

Performances: Tuesday – Sunday 7:30pm | Saturdays 2pm matinees

Approximate run time: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission


The Adventures of the Little Girl and the Wind

July 27 – August 5, 2023

Performances: Tuesdays – Sundays 10am | Matinees July 29 1pm, July 30 1pm & 4pm | Evenings July 28, July 30 & August 3 7:30pm

Approximate run time: 50 minutes


A Festival Antigonish Kitchen Party

July 29, 2023

One performance only: Saturday 7:30pm

Approximate run time: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission

Cassie & Maggie

August 4, 2023

One performance only: Friday 7:30pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 45 minutes with a 15-minute intermission


  • Please arrive 45 minutes before the doors open for each show you sign up for. For example, all 7:30pm shows require ushers to check in at 6:15pm and all 2pm matinees require ushers to check in at 12:45pm.
  • All volunteer slots are on a first-come first-served basis.
  • All evening performances are 7:30pm start times for our Concerts and Main Stage shows. 
  • All matinee performances are 2pm start times for our Main Stage shows.
  • Our Theatre for Young Audiences show has numerous show times: 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7:30pm. Please ensure you double check the start time and show up at the correct slot you signed up for.
  • If you can’t make it to a show you’ve signed up for, please notify the Front of House Manager that you are no longer able to come, even if it’s 10 minutes before the show.

Volunteer Testimonials

From previous seasons of Festival Antigonish.

“Working with Festival Antigonish was absolutely brilliant – the company and local volunteers formed a caring, fun and supportive community that worked beautifully together. The result? A magical, hilarious performance, certainly one of the coolest things I’ve ever done!”

“Festival Antigonish staff and volunteers are an amazing, talented, and committed group who are determined to bring live theatre to our community.”

“I felt like I was a part of something truly special and unique. It was inclusive, original and exciting!”

“Spending time with great people and learning lots makes for the best way to spend the summer! So many ways to get involved and have fun making new memories!”

“Being involved with Robin Hood was the highlight of our families summer. To be part of such an incredible show was such a gift. We can’t wait for the next opportunity to step into another story.”

“Always an absolute pleasure to work with, Festival Antigonish continues to provide my favourite experiences in my time in the theatre!”