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About Us


The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is owned by the City of Bloomington and operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization.  The mission of BCT Management, Inc. is to develop the Buskirk-Chumley Theater as a high quality and widely accessible community resource and performance venue, operated in a fiscally responsible manner.  Support from the City of Bloomington, Indiana University, the Indiana Arts Commission, our many corporate sponsors and community donors  helps maintain this historic community resource and bring a wide diversity of programming to the stage each year.

BCT Box Office

BCT Box Office
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

11am-6pm Monday-Friday
noon-5pm Saturday-Sunday
and at least half an hour into any performance at the BCT

Would you like to get behind the scenes at your community theater? Are you ready to help make music, dance, theater, and more possible at the BCT?

We've got the opportunity for you! Volunteering at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will connect you to the hub of cultural life in Bloomington and might just land you that autograph you've been wanting.



Our volunteer ushers create a welcoming, enjoyable environment at the theater. We are always looking for enthusiastic, outgoing, customer service-oriented individuals to take tickets, seat our patrons, sell artist merchandise, and perform a variety of other tasks that help our events go smoothly. Go behind the scenes of some of the greatest events on Bloomington's busy cultural agenda.

In addition to meeting great people and seeing great shows, usher twice in a month and you can receive one complimentary ticket to the show of your choice within the following 90 days, dependent on availability. If you usher 12 or more times a year, you will be added to the VIP usher list the following year. VIP ushers get a swanky permanent BCT name tag and the opportunity to sign up early for popular shows.

Ushers must be at least 18 years of age and are asked to attend a two-hour orientation before signing up for their first shift. Ready to get started? Contact volunteer coordinator Jovita McCleod at (812) 323-3020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to learn more about volunteering as a BCT usher, please take a look at our Volunteer Usher Handbook


Teen Ushers:

If you are between the ages of 15 and 17, there is still an opportunity for you to join our usher team. You can apply to be an usher by writing a 150-200 word essay on why you would like to usher at the BCT. Include your full name, age, email address, and phone number at the top of your essay. Email this to the volunteer coordinator at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Next Usher Training : Wednesday, November 30th

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater's next monthly Usher Training and Orientation will be on Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm. The training session will last two hours. For more information please follow this link. 


Street Team:

Help spread the word about events at the BCT by joining our street team and distributing posters for nationally-known performers around Bloomington. Street team volunteers sign up to cover a section of town and are provided with a list of posting locations. Expect 10-12 posting sessions per year.

This is a great opportunity for volunteers who need a flexible schedule or who want to learn more about their community. Two rounds of postering means you are eligible for a complimentary ticket to the show of your choice, dependent on availability. Ready to get started? Contact volunteer coordinator Jovita McCleod at (812) 323-3020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2015 Volunteer of the Year: Millie Jackson


Congratulations to Millie Jackson for receiving the "Jim Mahan BCT Volunteer of the Year" award for 2015! Millie is one of the most experienced ushers on the Buskirk-Chumley Theater’s team of volunteers. She has worked all types of events from rap music shows to theater productions by Cardinal Stage Company and never tires of patiently answering every question theater patrons might have.





12.11.2016 | 11:15 AM
Open Door

12.16.2016 - 12.31.2016

12.18.2016 | 11:15 AM
Open Door

12.25.2016 | 11:15 AM
Open Door

01.01.2017 | 11:15 AM
Open Door

01.04.2017 | 07:00 PM
The Olate Dogs

01.08.2017 | 11:15 AM
Open Door

01.08.2017 | 02:15 PM
Children's International Film Festival

01.15.2017 | 02:00 PM
The Watsons Go to Birmingham

01.16.2017 | 07:00 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission

02.03.2017 | 05:30 PM
The Indiana Theatre: An Open House

02.11.2017 | 08:00 PM
Maceo Parker

02.17.2017 | 08:00 PM
Ben Folds And A Piano

03.01.2017 | 08:00 PM
Lee Fields and The Expressions

03.07.2017 | 08:00 PM
The Victor Wooten Trio