WANT TO GET INVOLVED? BECOME AN USHER TODAY!
Our No. 1 goal here at the Paramount Theatre is to ensure our patrons have a fabulous night of entertainment. From getting their tickets to finding their seats to sitting back and enjoying the show, we want everything to be perfect. As an usher, we want you to help make that happen.
We currently have over 310 volunteer ushers and are always looking for more as our seasons grow. Not only do we use ushers for our Broadway Series, we need them for our Young Audience Program, Classic Movie Mondays, concerts, comedians, rental events, dance recitals, graduations and more. If there’s something happening here, we need people like you to make sure everything runs smoothly.
As the face of theatre, it’s up to our ushers to answer questions, show people the way to their seats and have a general knowledge of the theatre, just to name a few duties. We’re looking for enthusiastic people that have a passion for the arts and growing the community.
Sound like you? Great! Click on the tabs for everything you need to know.
USHER PROGRAM MANAGER
- Arrive at least 90 minutes before each performance
- Knowledge of theatre layout (seats, emergency exits, ATMs, bathrooms, bars, box office, merchandise counter, etc.)
- General knowledge of show (runtimes, intermission, subject matter, rating, etc.)
- Greet patrons
- Scan tickets
- Stuff and pass out programs
- Guide patrons to the correct row and seat number
- Direct bathroom lines
- Enforce and demonstrate theatre etiquette
- Ensure positive patron experience
- Enforce policies (photo, video, food, late seating, etc.)
- Manage coat check, hearing devices and booster seats
- Keep theater tidy
- Respect patrons, staff and fellow ushers
- Follow and respect usher program guidelines set by management
Usher Dress Code
WOMEN’S DRESS CODE
- Long sleeved white collared blouse or turtleneck tucked in
- Paramount vest (buttoned)
- Black skirt/dress pants
- Black or tan hose
- Black closed toe shoes
- Hand-held flashlight
- Volunteer badge
MEN’S DRESS CODE
- Long sleeved white collared dress shirt or turtleneck tucked in
- Paramount vest (buttoned)
- Black dress trousers
- Black socks
- Black shoes
- Hand-held flashlight
- Volunteer badge
And remember, in the immortal words of “Annie”…“You’re never fully dressed without a SMILE.”
DESIGNATED USHER PARKING
When ushering, please park in the designated usher lot: 75 S Water St, Aurora IL 60505.
Free street parking is also available with no time limit at the following times:
- Monday through Friday after 8 p.m.
- Saturday after 2 p.m.
- No time limit on Sundays.
My husband Joe and I started ushering at the Paramount in 1997 under the leadership of Mary Wolding, Manager of volunteers. We both enjoyed helping out in all capacities and were excited about having the privilege of being able to watch some of the shows at this outstanding theatre. We felt that following the rules set up by the staff at the Paramount helped things run smoothly and made this theatre a place we were and are proud of.
It has been a pleasure ushering here.
Marlene Richards--Joe Richards (1997-2004)
In my life I have tried to be a volunteer on many levels and pay back the communities of which I am a member, but I must say that my time as a volunteer usher at the Paramount Theatre is foremost in rewards and just plain old “feel good”. I volunteered to aid the community and I was the one receiving the reward. I must emphasize the other ushers that mentored me and the head ushers that generate a feel of dedication, knowledge and commitment are truly wonderful people! Something I never thought of but was very much a giant perk is I got to know the city of Aurora.
The citizens are warm and made me welcome.
What a great gig, being a volunteer usher at the beautiful Paramount Theatre. I love interacting with our patrons as I greet them at the door or show them to their seats. It’s great to see the familiar faces of returning patrons like reconnecting with old friends. If you are looking for a great place to volunteer, want to make a contribution to the community or if you have secretly always wanted to be on stage come join me here at the Paramount.
You’ll love it, I do. Proud and privileged to be a part of the Paramount.
I have been a volunteer usher for about 10 years and still consider myself very fortunate to be part of the Paramount Usher family. I am constantly amazed by the quality of the productions the Paramount presents and the excellent, talented folks that are part of each show. The staff is great to work with and they make volunteering here a pleasure. I enjoy my interaction with the patrons as well and value the opportunity to enhance their Paramount experience.
I am proud to represent the Paramount as an usher and look forward to each season!
Sharon M Jacobs
To me, all ushers are like family and all seem to get along. Personally, I enjoy what I do for the Paramount. It has helped me to grow in appreciation for the arts and also the relationship with my fellow ushers. Most of the time, it is a fun opportunity and sometimes challenging, which also helps me. To be an usher you need to have a friendly personality, be responsible, be able to be courteous to all and be flexible. By being flexible, your opportunities can be limitless. You can grow more and never be bored. As head usher, I try to give ushers the option of asking what they would like to do before signing them to a position. We as ushers have to be polite to the patrons even if they are mean or seem unhappy.
Just put on that happy smile as you want them to come back.
I have been an usher since 2007 at the Paramount Theater. It had been an awarding volunteering experience for me. I have seen some amazing productions the theater has offered but more than that I am part of a wonderful community of friends. We are from all walks of life and at different stages of our lives but we come together to make our patrons have the best theatrical experience. From greeting the patrons, to scanning their tickets, getting them to their correct seats, to wishing them a good day or night and thanking them for coming to the theater. We have a great front office to help us make the patrons have the best experience. No major skills are needed to volunteer but only the ability to have a smile on your face.
I am so glad that I have had this opportunity and continue to look forward to the next season of volunteering at the beautiful Paramount Theatre.
I enjoy being an usher at the Paramount Theatre. I love interacting with the patrons, the personnel and other ushers. Meeting seasonal ticket holders is always a treat – not only do they remember who I am, sometimes they seek me out just to say “Hello” and “Glad to see you again!” It truly makes you feel “special”, especially when they call you by name. On past occasions I even got to meet members of the casts from the different shows.
I recommend anyone who is looking for something to keep them occupied to join me and the other ushers at the theatre.
Apply below to become part of the Paramount Usher program.
Before you Apply
Please prepare your contact information, emergency contact information, scheduling preferences, and references. After clicking the link below, use the left-hand “I am new to MyVolunteerPage.com” form to apply for a new account.
After you fill out your application, you’ll be emailed a link to our Policies and safety guide. Please read these policies thoroughly and follow the instructions to confirm that you’ve read them.
We’ll review your application and reach out to you within one week to let you know when you’re approved to sign up for ushering shifts.