Each String and Shadow show takes hundreds of hours of work creating the costumes, masks, puppets, and sets, and our volunteers make it all possible! Our volunteers help us paper-mache, paint, sew, and fulfill various other tasks as we build our giant puppets and sets. We also need volunteers to help out at our yearly summer show, to run the door, merch table, and assist attendees with parking. 


If you would like to join our volunteer list and find out about community work-days and other volunteer opportunities during the build, please fill out this form.


We'd love to have you!


Intern with us!

Applications Now Open for our 2022 Internship Program!

Duration: 10 weeks, April 28th-July 1st

Time: 10-5pm 2 days/week in April & May, 10-5pm 3 days/week in June

Days: Saturdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Stipend: $1000

Deadline to Apply: March 15th

We’re so excited to be launching our first ever internship/apprenticeship program! Come learn how to make giant puppets and help us to build our 2022 summer puppet show. We are looking for candidates who are excited about the creation process that goes into building a puppet show - an interest in art, experimentation, collaborative work processes, and community-based art is a must. 


What to expect: Interns will learn by engaging in different aspects of String and Shadow show production, including mask and puppet sculpture and paper-mache process, set design and construction, costume-making, painting, and more! Interns will participate in team meetings at the start of each week and be encouraged to present ideas/designs to the directors. Interns will work closely with S&S directors Emily McHugh and Donald Palardy, the wider String and Shadow community of artists and performers, and local volunteers to bring the show to life. We will be working from our new studio-in-residence at The Olympia Family Theater in downtown Olympia.


To apply, please send us a letter of interest at, telling us why you’d like to intern with String and Shadow. 


Your letter should include:

-What inspires your interest in puppetry?

-What is your background? Help us get to know you!

-What does “community-based art” mean to you?

-What do you hope to get out of the internship?

-If you have any work samples you’d like us to see, feel free to send them!

The deadline for the letter of interest is March 15th


If you have any questions, please reach out at We look forward to hearing from you!