Who We Are

Virginia Players started in the 1920s as a student club dedicated to producing plays due to a lack of a 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, again, as a student organization of the Drama Department committed to the promotion of student work and education.


Our Mission

Virginia Players is a student-organized group that functions as the ambassador between the student body at large and the University of Virginia Department of Drama. This organization provides opportunities for students to develop their theatrical craft from both an artistic and a management standpoint. By creating a strong foundation in theatrical collaboration, Virginia Players prepares students for their future artistic pursuits.


Contact Us

Feel free to contact our staff if you have questions about Virginia Players! Reach us at va_playersexec@virginia.edu.


Executive Board

Jessica Littman, Artistic Director
Laura Young, Production Coordinator
Julian Sanchez
, Business Manager
Jessica Platter, Director of Fundraising
Elena Anderson & Mady McLennan 
, Director of Publicity 
Jack Greseki, Directors of Education
Abigail Johnson & Daniel Kinglsey , Producers of Reading Series
Mariana Gonzalez-Leal & Kristen Riordan
, Producer of Lab Series
Aspen Miller, Producer of Lab Shorts
     Michael Doeren, Danny Wagner, Yiwen Wu, Lab Shorts Committee

Ali Cheraghpour, Web Master

Denise Stewart
, Faculty Consultant
Colleen Kelly
, Department Chair