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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!


Apprentice with us!

Now accepting applications for our Spring 2024 apprenticeship:


•Application due: February 15th

•Apprenticeship runs 10 weeks from April 25th-June 27

•(most) studio days are Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays 10am-5pm at our studios at The Olympia Family Theater in downtown Olympia, Washington.

•This apprenticeship comes with a small stipend, please view application for more details. 

•We will respond to applications no later than March 1st.


As an apprentice, you will be a part of our small build crew, working closely with our directors and other skilled artists who help build the show each year. You will learn all the techniques we use to build a giant puppet show, including (but not limited to) cardboard sculpture, paper-mache sculpture, set design, puppet articulation & rigging, and more. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

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