Ushering in the Arts

Ushering in the Arts

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and the ushers themselves!


Contact UITA Usher Desk

UITA Usher Desk

Desk Volunteers: Brenda Bergsrud, Carolyn Cox, Sherry Girard, Susie Mikkelsen, Lori Sears, Gretchen Van Hove

Hours: The usher desk is staffed by volunteers Monday-Friday.

Current ushers: in case of last-minute emergency, please call the Security office at 907-263-2965.

Contact UITA Usher Deskuita@alaskapac.org
Contact UITA Usher DeskPhone: 907-263-2921
Contact UITA Usher DeskFax: 907-263-2927


Current ushers can view their schedule and sign up for events by logging in here.


Contact Melissa Weckhorst

Melissa Weckhorst

Volunteer Services Manager

Contact Melissa Weckhorstmweckhorst@alaskapac.org
Contact AdministrationPhone: 907-263-2920
Contact Melissa WeckhorstFax: 907-263-2927


What is Ushering in the Arts?

Ushering in the Arts (UITA) is a volunteer program of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, proudly supported by ConocoPhillips and First National Bank Alaska. Volunteer ushers help at every event at the Center, as well as at other non-profit performing arts events outside of the Center.

In 2016, our volunteers donated a whopping 21,587 hours!

Volunteer ushers represent a diverse cross-section of Anchorage. From teachers, to nurses, to community leaders, to engineers and hospitality and tourism workers, at nearly 300 volunteers strong, our volunteers represent what makes Anchorage so great. A third of our ushers have volunteered for over ten years, some now at the 30-year mark, and represent three generations of Alaskans.

While our volunteers come from different backgrounds and experiences, they all have one thing in common: they LOVE the arts! Ask an usher who’s been here awhile, and you will hear stories about the time the chandelier was stuck at Phantom of the Opera, or helping school kids look for “animals” in our famous poppy carpet, or leading the audience in singing holiday carols at Tuba Christmas. They have developed relationships with many of you who regularly attend performances, and love knowing they can help you have a dazzling experience when you enter our doors.


How to Apply

Do you have a love of the arts and enjoy working with people? Everyone over eighteen is invited to apply! Learn more about what it takes to be a volunteer with Ushering in the Arts. Find the volunteer job description and application below. We would love to have you join us!


UITA Job Description

UITA Volunteer Application


Ushering Services Outside the PAC

Trained volunteer ushers are available to non-profit performance organizations outside of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, as availability allows. The goal of the program and our ushers is to make each patron’s theatre experience welcoming and safe.

These services are available for a small fee, based on location per performance. If you are interested in utilizing this service, please review and complete the Ushering in the Arts Agreement below and return to Volunteer Services Manager Melissa Weckhorst.


Ushering in the Arts Agreement





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