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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!

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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!!

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jack33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm always impressed with the quality of productions that Vagabond puts out with such a short amount of time. The staff and young actors all work very hard and each time they give the communtiy a quality show that would rival some professional perfomances.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Carrie36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Vagabond acting troupe welcomed me as a young theatre artist in Philadelphia, and I couldn't be more grateful for the experience. I grew up with Vagabond; I interned, I became a core ensemble member, I acted as the company’s vocal coach, I even became a board member. My experience with Vagabond was a crucial factor that led me to pursue my MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University. Now as I work professionally in the NYC theatre scene, I often think of the many lessons I learned from Vagabond. The organization supports creativity, encourages collaboration, makes hard work fun, and always finds laughter in the rehearsal room. Vagabond is serious about play and is truly an open and encouraging organization. More than anything, I carry Vagabond's enthusiasm for theatre with me wherever I work. I only have great things to say about Vagabond and send all my love and support to the organization from NYC. I miss Vagabond!

DS W.

Client Served

Rating: 3

My daughter has acted in several performances with Vagabond. She has enjoyed each and every experience and has come away with new skills and a greater love for acting.

Sarah58

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first joined Vagabond Acting Troupe as a little fourth grader I wasn't sure what to expect. They had came to my school to present one of the plays they were showing at the time and my friends and I thought it would be interesting to try. I had no idea how life changing the experience would be. I have always enjoyed singing and dancing, but it wasn't until I entered Vagabond Acting Troupe that I got over my shyness to show others how much talent I truly had. Before meeting Aileen and the rest of her wonderful cast I would not sing in public and speaking just in front of people was mind boggling. Vagabond taught me that it is okay to be goofy, in fact people actually enjoy it. I have been in five shows now with Vagabond and have even branched out to act else where as well. The only flaw that Vagabond seems to have is it's advertising. It mostly relies on us, the actors, to bring in the ticket sales. While this is absolutely expected I wish that they would further assistance with this to bring more people to the many wonderful performances they put on. Vagabond is the roots and upbringing of my self confidence. This summer I will be traveling to Hollywood through a Girl Scouts Destination trip to change my acting view to a director's viewpoint thanks to a wonderful reference from my favorite director at Vagabond. I never imagined I would be doing something so bold and thanks to Vagabond Acting Troupe my dreams have truly come true. I am now not afraid to speak in front of people, in fact I am often one of the first people to volunteer when it comes to such, and I find a joy in acting that I have never experienced anywhere else. With Aileen's help I have show great progress as an actor and simply as a person and my only hope is that this great organization will continue to help children like me achieve their dreams.