Now Accepting Performer Applications for the AX 2023 Maid & Butler Cafe!

The AX Maid Cafe and AX Butler Cafe are now accepting performer applications for Anime Expo 2023! If you are interested, please review all of the requirements below and submit an application.  Thank you!

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Final deadline to apply is January 15, 2023. If you would like to participate as a dance volunteer, please be sure to submit your application prior to the audition on January 15, 2023.

It is encouraged to complete as much of your Shiftboard profile as possible to better your chances of being selected.

AX Volunteer Requirements:

All Anime Expo Volunteers (including Maid & Butler Cafe performers) will be required to complete a Shiftboard profile prior to the audition or as soon as the website is operational for AX 2023.  Further information/instructions will be emailed to applicants.

  • Must have reliable transportation to attend rehearsal and training sessions in Pasadena.
  • Must have a regularly checked email address.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older by January 15, 2023 to attend and participate in any rehearsals.
  • Must be in good health to be on your feet for up to 8 hours at a time.
  • Must be able to attend 70% of Sunday meeting/training dates located in Pasadena.
  • Must be friendly, work well with others, and enthusiastic.
  • Must be comfortable to converse with strangers.
  • Must have a government issued ID in order to complete a background check.

*Disclaimer: Volunteers may still participate as a Maid or Butler without being a part of the stage performances.


– Becoming a part of the close-knit community of fans and friends.

– Multiple AX Volunteer-exclusive perks (list will be finalized before Shiftboard enrollment).

– Resume and experience building.

– Leadership opportunities.

– No badge purchase necessary.

AX 2023 Maid & Butler Cafe Performer Auditions!

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer performer for any of our upcoming Anime Expo 2023 cafe shows, this is your chance! We are on the lookout for dedicated individuals with any level of experience to be cast in Maid Cafe, Butler Cafe, Maid Cafe After Dark, and Butler Cafe Dark Romance.

Audition Date: Sunday – January 15, 2023

Location: Athletic Garage Dance Center (121 Waverly Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105)

Detailed Schedule:

  • 10 AM: Maid Cafe (All Ages Show) learn dance routine in Studio D
  • 10 AM: Butler Band audition in Studio A
  • 11:30 AM: Butler Cafe (All Ages Show) and Dark Romance (18+) learn dance routine in Studio D
  • 11:30 AM: Maid Cafe (All Ages Show) audition in small groups in Studio A
  • 1 PM: Maid Cafe After Dark (18+) learn dance routine in Studio D
  • 1 PM: Butler Cafe (All Ages Show) and Dark Romance (18+) audition in small groups in Studio A
  • 2:30 PM: Maid Cafe After Dark (18+) audition in small groups in Studio A
  • 4 PM: END – Cast List will be sent via email once it is completed

Bring water, wear comfortable clothing and check the role descriptions below to see if you need to bring heels.

Learn more about how to submit an application to be a maid/butler.