NCT's Dragonkeeper Program

2016-17 Dragonkeepers and Front of House Staff

Dragonkeepers are vital to the success of NCT, the nation's oldest professional theatre for kids and families.

Download the 2019-20 Dragonkeeper Form

The Dragonkeeper program is a student training program that gives participants (Dragonkeepers) the opportunity to experience different aspects of daily operations in a professional theatre company for young audiences. As a part of the Dragonkeeper program, participants also work in a paid capacity as an usher for weekend performances.


  • Are high school and college students ages 16 and up.

  • Serve as ushers for NCT weekend performances and assist with special weekend events.

  • Attend all NCT production as part of the program.

  • May apprentice with departments of the theatre and work alongside our professional theatre staff.

  • Engage with audience members through pre-show discussion and activities.

  • Serve as advocates for NCT in the community.

  • Pay rate is $7.75 per hour for work and training hours.

Primary Expectations:
Dragonkeepers are expected to have the utmost courtesy and respect for our patrons and other members of the Front of House team. They will show great initiative in tasks and enthusiasm for customer service. They are expected to arrive on-time for all scheduled shifts, and to arrange for a substitute Dragonkeeper in an event of an unavoidable conflict. Dragonkeepers are expected to respond promptly to any official communications from NCT. All Dragonkeepers are required to attend a full-day (9 am-3 pm) orientation.

Dragonkeepers should plan to be available for at least four performances during the run of each show. Most performances occur at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be evening performances of Return to Sender and Auntie Claus. There is one Thursday Night Opening performance of each show at 6:30 pm. Dragonkeeper shifts begin ninety minutes before performances and conclude once all post-show tasks are completed (typically two hours after the beginning of a performance).