By now, you've probably clicked that giant "JOIN KCSA" button to find instructions on how to become one of the crew.  The most important steps on there, by far, include filling out the new member registration form, signing up for email newsletters, completing the usher training, and getting an account on SignUpGenius.  That's pretty much the bare minimum of what you need to become an usher.

If you're having trouble with any steps of registration, you can always email us at, and you could also attend our Info Session if you happen to be available on Tuesday, August 29th at 6pm.  (Link to Facebook event here!)

In case you missed it on the Joining KCSA page, we do have instructions on how to enroll in a Compass Course.  If you're having trouble with this, you're not alone.  Normally our professors enroll us in Compass courses so it's weird when we have to do it ourselves!  If the instructions aren't helping, please email us or come to our info session and we can help you out.

The Home Page of the Usher Training Course

There are five training modules—four filled with important information on ushering duties and procedures, and a final module with contact information.  The first four each have quizzes, and each quiz has five questions worth 1 point each.  This means the training, in total, is worth 20 points.  You need all 20 to be able to complete the training—thankfully, the material is not that difficult and you can retake the quizzes as many times as needed.

The five modules.  Only the first four have quizzes.
At the end of each of the first four modules is a quiz on that module.
It can be retaken as many times as you need to get all 5 of 5 points.
4 quizzes x 5pts each = 20pts and status as a Krannert Center usher!
It usually takes ~45min total to complete and includes a lot of information that will be useful to you on the job (how venues are laid out, where the bathrooms are, operating hours, emergency procedures, etc.).  As you can see, I decided to split it up between a couple days, but I probably could have gotten it all done in one sitting if I'd wanted to.  It's "graded" immediately and once you get the 20 points, you're good to go.

The best part about the quiz: you only have to take it once for the entire time you're at U of I!  If you ever want to review for your own benefit, the course will always be listed in your Compass account.

By now, you've hopefully registered for your free SignUpGenius account or are planning to.  If you've filled out the KCSA Usher Registration Form and completed the usher training, you will receive an email during the week of September 4th (we stagger registration for shows based on seniority, with the most experienced ushers getting earlier access) inviting you to sign up for shows.  You then will be able to sign in to your SignUpGenius account, find the form under "My Sign Ups", pick your shows and submit!

The Fall 2017 Ushering Signup is not yet available, but you can see some of the past and non-ushering signups in my account.  This page usually pops up when you log in but can also be accessed by clicking "Sign Ups" in the side bar.
While the ushering signup will look different from this (with shows instead of volunteer shifts), you can see how to select various time slots, see what you're signed up for already, and edit/delete your sign ups.

If you sign up to usher a show and find you cannot make it, please remove yourself from that slot ASAP (preferably 24hrs in advance).  If you do not show up for a show but have not removed your name, you will be considered a "no-show", which will add a penalty of -1pt to your status as an usher (this basically means you'll be less likely to receive end-of-semester prizes and it will take longer to gain seniority to sign up for shows earlier in future semesters).

Please don't hesitate to email us with any questions you might have—and we hope to see you around Krannert in a few weeks!

Megan Vescio
KCSA President