Virginia Players

Who We Are

Virginia Players started in the 1920s as a student club dedicated to producing plays at a time when there was no drama program at the University of Virginia. In the early 1930s, a course in playwriting taught by Harry Rogers Pratt was added to the curriculum. Soon after, E. Roger Boyle was given a part-time position to teach drama courses. After World War II, Virginia Players became the Department of Speech and Drama, an official department of the University offering undergraduate and graduate courses. Now, Virginia Players serves as a student organization of the Drama Department committed to the promotion of student work and education.

Our Mission

Virginia Players is a student run organization committed to providing opportunities to refine artistic skills, connect with professionals within and outside the department, and bridge the gap between student theater and the UVa Department of Drama in a supportive environment.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact our staff if you have questions about Virginia Players! Reach us at

Executive Board

President: Avery Erskine
Vice President: Mj Smith
Artistic Director: Max Tankersley
PR Chair: Julia Ruth Preston
Community Chair:  lily franks

Cady Garey, Faculty Consultant
Richard Will, Department Chair

Get Involved!

VAP Outreach Committee

The Virginia Players' Outreach Committee allows you to help out with our planned projects for the upcoming year! Here are some of the duties that you can expect:

  • Weekly/Biweekly meetings to discuss our upcoming tasks and events-
  • Assisting our Public Relations Chair with marketing Virginia Players events
  • Assisting our Community Chair with community relations and events
  • Giving Arts Grounds tours to prospective students
  • Assisting with planning /executing events and attending workshops

If you are interested, please complete the Outreach Committee Interest Form.


Want to stay updated on everything Virginia Players? Join our listserv! A listserv is used to send emails regarding meetings, auditions, social events, performances, and workshops, just to name a few.


  1. Click on VIRGINIA PLAYERS LISTSERV. This will take you to U.Va.’s SYMPA homepage for our listserv.

  2. Click “Subscribe” on the bottom left of the page.

  3. Either type in your email or sign-in using your Netbadge ID and it will add you when you hit “Subscribe.”

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