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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: The Barrymore-honored Vagabond Acting Troupe (V.A.T.) is a physical-based experimental theater company which presents works for children, families and adults throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states. The troupe operates out of offices in Morgantown, PA, and runs workshops and a production series dedicated to their home community at Rt. 82 and Fairview Road, Honey Brook, PA - serving the tri-county tip of Lancaster, Berks and Chester Counties. In addition to a main stage series, V.A.T offers an extensive touring schedule and community residency program. We are an educational theatrical ensemble whose mission is to create exciting physical productions to rouse the imagination, to inspire the next generation of theater artists, and to share access to theatrical training to our region's children and adults.

Results: Two years ago we moved into our own space. We have spent the last year putting in new seats (removed old church pews), putting a lighting grid in the air, bringing in a portable stage, while also presenting 12 different productions for our community, touring to local senior homes and schools and sharing performing arts training with over 300 K-12 students.

Programs: Production workshop, pre professional acting program, touring shows for schools, professional ensemble, playwright development project, Jackie Kay Knox Memorial Scholarship project, and more!

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I enter the building I feel at home. Aileen runs a tight ship, and it always works out in the end. After working at Vagabond, you will feel like a better person in more ways than one.

Tia W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Vagabond makes me a cheerier, more outgoing person. I've gained new appreciation for theater through this group and made many new friends. My younger sister started in Vagabond when she was a little kid and shy, and now she is a social butterfly and very self-confident, and is very well-prepared for the arts middle school she's starting in the fall.

Mary274

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I came to Vagabond I had very little confidence and I was too shy to audition for anything. Now through being in two shows and helping on other shows, I have gained the confidence to put together a strong audition and even be in a musical. I had never considered being in a musical before because I was too nervous to sing in front of people. However the lessons and encouragement I received at every rehearsal helped be become a confident performer and have more confidence in my everyday life as well. Thanks Vagabond for a life changing experience!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful group that is always open to new ideas. A well established and all inclusive children's program, with many new programs in the works for adults. The support and confidence the children get from live theatre will help create well rounded and confident children as they learn and play.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My volunteer work has been very limited, so I actually consider myself more of a general member of the public. Additionally I have experience with theatre, both in school and the community, going back over 30 years so I feel I have a good sense of what makes good theatre. VAT consistently provides professional quality productions. Every single show I have seen has greatly exceeded my expectaions. And any time I have doubts about how the company will "pull something off" I come away more than impressed. An example of this was a recent production of "Little Shop of Horrors." The staging of Audrey II, (the Venus Flytrap, for those unfamiliar with the story) and the growth of the plant was fantastic.

Judi K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vagabond is a community theatre that offers many opportunities for kids, tweens and teens (and adults) to learn self-confidence and self-discipline through performance. They are encouraged through rehearsal and they can learn so much about the industry if that is what they love. My kids have benefitted greatly from being part of this wonderful organization! They have developed as both people and actors. I highly recommend this group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vagabond Acting Troupe has been a wonderful experience for both of my children. My oldest has developed her talent and confidence so much in just the past year it is unbelievable. She has truly blossomed into a serious, focused actress in training. My youngest has just started and I have already seen improvement in his focus, talent and confidence as well. The staff are also parents who have patience, compassion and understanding as well as many talents and knowledge to share! I have seen amazing transformations in all the kids in this theatre family and enjoy being part of the group.

Linda217

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great opportunity for actors to grow and learn. Tons of fun as audience member too!

Zach5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Vagabond Acting Troupe is a great community theater where kids, teens, and hopefully soon adults, can express their love for the arts! But even more so the theatre is great for kids just getting in to the industry and starting out! As a fellow vagabond I started with Aileen and I learnt everything I know today from her! Then I went on to VAT and that was where I became a more well rounded actor. But now after leaving the theatre and doing shows around the tri-state I can happily and truely say that working with Aileen and VAT helped me with becoming the actor I am today and why I am still getting booked in productions at other theatre with more competition! Great place for fun, theatre, friends, a date night, whatever!!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with the Vagabond Acting Troupe for about 3 years now but I have worked with there excutive director Aileen McCulloch for almost 7 years! She runs a great theatre which could be big time! I have learnt so many great things throught this theatre that I will always remeber and bring them with me in the future years a successful actor because of Vagabond and Aileen! I have also been given the best opportunites that a lot of young actors my age don't get which I am very appreciative for! I would say this is a great family to belong to, very welcoming, talented, fun, and great! Its a perfect fit for me and I'm sad that I will be leaving soon to go and do bigger and better things! A lesson I have learnt from here "ALWAYS REACH FOR THE STARS AND IF YOU HAVE DETERMINATION YOU WILL SUCCEED!"

Josh Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great place for the whole family. Vagabond puts on some really great shows.

Aileen M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vagabond Acting Troupe is an educational and experimental works theater dedicated to teaching artists the ins and outs of theater through production work. Vagabond Acting Troupe has been doing this work for over 20 years, and was recently named as number 1 on the PHL 17 Hotlist for children's entertainment. The staff is much beloved of the students, and the company has just been able to expand from a one stage theater, to having three separate performance spaces.