VAGABOND ACTING TROUPE

Rating: 4.91 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 355 Morgantown PA 19543 USA

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!
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them lots of money so they could build the perfect theatre with all the space and everything they need to bring even more great theatre to this area.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the quality of the performances, the confidence of the kids, the talent of the kids, the closeness of the families involved

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out a way to advertise better to just get word out about the theatre and get more patronage and participation

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

i have learned so many new things about the theatre and about my ability to learn new skills! i have enjoyed all the families i have met during our tenure and i believe i have found a lot of great new, long-lasting friends with similar interests. it has truly enriched my life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

i feel lucky to have found this special group. occasional frustration through the process results in a more rewarding feeling in the end! overall i feel happy about being there, and proud of everyone, and look forward to working with the group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Vagabond has been wonderful for our family- the kids and parents are welcoming and supportive, and though there is a competitive process for auditioning, the staff is so supportive and helpful it makes even the audition a learning process. So glad we found Vagabond!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm so thankful we found Vagabond Acting Troupe. I have been driving my daughter long distances for years to find an experience that really teaches her the rewards and challenges of her current chosen profession. After auditions, she told me she had learned more from the VAT team in one day than she did in weeks at other programs. The staff treat the kids as professionals, but they don't forget to allow them "kid" moments. My daughter has already signed up for the next two shows, and has a new group of friends. As a parent, I've been to many organizations that have a high level of competition between "stage moms". This was NOT my experience at Vagabond, which made the whole experience positive. The staff work hard to keep egos at the door and help everyone learn and have fun.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Vagabond Acting Troupes gave me the experience of life time. I was able to help out with make up and props. I was also give a wonderful opportunity to get up on stage and act in one of their professional shows. I got to meet a wonderfully supportive group of friends and I look forward to continuing my work with them in the Fall season.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help expand it so that they could do everything that they would like to do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Well i've been working with them for about almost a year now and originally I was going was not planing on making friends but I ended up did anyway ops all I can say is theses kids are amazing actress and actors Ive had the honor working with as well as the director and other staff members I've actually put a'lot of time as well as effort making sure my acting skills are sharpen as well as others encourage me as well as I encourage others to do so as well the parents are supportive of there kids as well as the other cast mates are very kind to each other as well. I would give this a five star for it for the acting the power theses kids bring to vagabond theater I think Vagabond theater is a great place where you can get your child the confidence they need to succeed in life if you don't believe me check this video out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfGu43f6oWo

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't want it to change unless if they have a haunted house for october would be cool as well as more new shows even adult shows As well as improv comedy shows maybe a play called the little princess the fantasticks maybe holes would be kinda cool and another murder mystery if I was to make changes I would make them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter did two weeks at Vagabond's summer camp and couldn't wait to do it again. When the fall workshop started she could hardly wait to get started. She is typically nervous in new situations, Vagabond has helped her come out of her shell by making new friendships with many new faces. There are many, many important lessons that are taught at Vagabond, the most important being hard work does pay off. She can't wait to get to work at the next workshop.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has learned so much though his experience at Vagabond, (with his singing, blocking, writing, basically every aspect of theater) The director has so much professional experience she passes on to the kids, if they wanted to work in the field, they would be prepared. Its a very encouraging environment for every skill level. And the parents are so nice too!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter just completed her first, of what she hopes to be many, workshops at Vagabond acting Troupe and is still singing it's praises. We were amazed at what she learned and at her level of involvement I the production. The entire program was a learning experience for her but the most amazing part was that the production was fabulous as well. Everyone we invited to see the show raved about it. When children can experience the success that comes from such quality they truly learn the value of effort in production and I believe that is what Vagabond gave my daughter.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have truly appreciated over the years the instruction Aileen has given my 3 kids. I have watched my daughter's love of theater grow and I attribute a lot of that to Aileen giving her a chance and some pretty good roles. She is fearless up on stageā€”for the most part. Her desire to do more in theatre has not waned and every time I ask her if she wants to take a break, she says she does at first, and then she changes her mind and wants to do another show with Vagabond. Both she and my oldest son want to do more--possibly professionally-- and I attribute that to the theater education and confidence they have gotten from Vagabond.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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