Required MTA Contribution Hours
Why is there a contribution requirement?


The Muhlenberg Theatre Association offers a lot of opportunities for its members, however, the MTA is an organization run on member participation, and there are a limited number of opportunities the association can provide. In order to guarantee that the members who contribute to the general success of the production season are also the individuals who are getting the opportunities, the association asks members to complete (and document) the "Contribution Requirement."


You must fill out and turn in a Contribution Requirement form to receive credit for the work you've done. You can get a copy of the form by clicking the document above. Your sheet must be signed by a supervisor at the time of the work. Turn in your form to the MTA box which can be found in the Theatre and Dance Office Suite. If you want credit in both the MTA and the MDA, you should submit two forms.

Click below to download and print your hours sheet:
Active/Inactive Membership

Members who complete the Contribution Requirement are known as active members and members who do not are known as inactive members. When an individual first joins the association, they are automatically active. They must then complete the contribution requirement in order to remain active for the following academic year. 



  • can assistant design, assistant direct, or assistant stage manage

  • can run crew for a production

  • can work in any department office or shop

  • can attend social events

  • can attend meetings


An ACTIVE Member:

  • has all the privileges of an inactive member

  • can vote 

  • can audition for and perform in MTA Productions

  • can design, direct, or stage manage MTA Productions

  • can hold an MTA Executive or Advisory Board position


Should an inactive member be selected by the faculty to fulfill a position reserved for active members, the member may be permitted to do so pending Executive Board approval and that member’s agreement to make-up the requirements in a timely manner. 

Ways to Complete Required Hours

A member must complete one large job (known as a "specialty contribution job") OR with 10 hours of smaller service jobs.


Specialty Contribution Jobs (a.k.a. Novelty Credits)

one of these jobs complete your contribution requirement for the year

  • Stage Managing or Designing any MTA production**

  • Assistant stage managing, directing, or designing any MTA/MDA production**

  • Crew work for any MTA/MDA production**

**this does not include Special Productions of any classification


Hourly Contribution Oppurtunities

  • Serving as an MDA/MTA Board Member or Liaison

  • Community Engagement

  • Stagecraft Hours

  • Light hang and focus

  • Publicity Hang

  • Social Event Set Up

  • Strike

  • Sitting at a MTA Seegers Table

  • Selling Concessions

  • Floor Lay

  • Serve as Dramaturg for MTA Production

  • Any other task that is announced by the MTA/MDA Executive board


Ongoing Opportunities:

Date/Time        Opportunity                         Contribution            Contact's Name          Position                                E-mail Address

Mon-Fri             Scene Shop Volunteer         hourly                      Damon Gelb              Technical Director       

Mon-Fri             Electrics Volunteer               hourly                      Paul Theisen              Theatre Technician          

Mon-Fri             Costume Shop Volunteer   hourly                      Caroline Cook             Costume Shop Manager Mon-Fri             Administrative Volunteer    hourly                      Jess Bien                     General Manager        

Mon-Fri             Marketing Volunteer            hourly                      Scott Snyder               Director of Mark. & Dev. 

Each Semes.    Stagecraft Classes Hours     Full                       Registrar's office