2018 Shaw Guild Garden Tour Volunteers Photography: René Bertschi

There are a number of ways in which you can participate to help the Shaw Guild achieve its objective:

Shaw Guild Activities

Members are needed to help with the planning and organizing of a series of Guild events that begin in March and end in October. Events range from a visit to the Scene Shop to learn more about what happens beyond the stage, to social events such as the Summer Celebration and Cricket Match. Volunteers are also needed at the events to assist with registration, decorations and bar service.

For more information contact Activities Chair, Ann Holcomb at 289-868-8910 or activities@shawguild.ca

Garden Tour

The garden tour is the Guild’s principal fundraising event. Watch for upcoming announcements. In addition to the organizing committee, many volunteers will be needed to host in a garden on the day of the tour.

For more information contact Fundraising Chair, Franca Moss at 905-358-7064 or fundraising@shawguild.ca


Members help to maintain and enhance the gardens at the Shaw Festival Theatre on Tuesday mornings from 9 until noon.

For more information contact Shaw Theatre Gardens Chair, Paddy Parr at 905-468-5184 or gardens@shawguild.ca


Greeters welcome patrons outside of the Festival Theatre for all matinees throughout the season. Greeting requires unassisted standing for 90 minutes and a willingness to talk to patrons about the amenities offered in the theatre.

For more information contact Greeting Chair, Marg Mather at 905-468-5560 or greeters@shawguild.ca


Hosts greet theatre patrons and scan tickets at the four theatre venues. Hosting requires unassisted standing for at least one hour. Each new Guild member will be invited to a mandatory orientation session if they wish to be added to the hosting roster.

For more information contact Hosting Chair, Greg Fedoryn at 905-468-8964 or hosting@shawguild.ca, or review the Hosting Handbook in the members resources section.

Hosting Captain

Captains contact volunteers on the hosting roster to schedule hosting dates. Captains must have hosting experience, be familiar with Excel at the basic level and preferably have the 2003 (or newer) version of Excel. Hosting captains must be in place and trained by March of each year.

For more information contact Hosting Chair, Greg Fedoryn at 905-468-8964 or hosting@shawguild.ca

Playing This Week

Members distribute Shaw Festival brochures to various venues in the community.

For more information contact Marion Barwell at playingthisweek@shawguild.ca

Docent Program

Members conduct backstage public and private tours throughout the theatre season. When positions become available, an advertisement and job description will be published in the newsletter and/or sent to Shaw Guild members via email.

For more information contact Docent Chair, Arlene Carson at 905-468-7787 or docents@shawguild.ca


Sometimes volunteers are required to assist with event registration and other Guild or Shaw activities. When needed, an email will be sent out or a notice will be posted in the newsletter.