Who We Are

The Village Players Theatre

Mission Statement

The mission of this non-profit community theatre, including those things set forth in the Articles of Incorporation, is to provide and support a variety of opportunities, both educational and practical, which enhance and demonstrate through community outreach the various aspects of quality theatre arts.

About The Village

In the early 1950s, a group of well-off men and women from the Village of Ottawa Hills formed a theatre group for entertainment. Their first shows were presented with a tent as their theatre and were held in Ottawa Park. As the group continued to prosper and grow, they began to look for a new, permanent home. A small church building on Upton Avenue between Monroe Street and Central Avenue was acquired in the mid-1960s, and renovations began to turn the chapel into a true theatre space. Incorporated in 1956, The Village Players Theatre has evolved over the years into a friendly, open, community theatre presenting a wide variety of productions.

Over the years, new seats, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, and numerous “work days” have turned the humble chapel into one of Toledo’s most-beloved performance spaces.

How We’re Run

The Village Players is almost entirely run by volunteers; from the people who staff the box office to the cast and crew. Our board is elected each year by the membership. Board members are elected to 3-year terms, and Executive board positions are 2 years in length.

If you are interested in volunteering at The Village, please email our Volunteer Coordinator.

About Our Shows

We accept submissions for shows year-round and they are given to our Play-Reading Committee who reads every single show submitted. November 1 is the submission deadline for the following season. At our December board meeting, the Play-Reading Committee presents its selections to the board of directors. The board reads the selections and then comes to a final consensus on the next season.

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If you have seen a show that you think we could pull off, if you’ve heard of one you’d like to see done, if you have written one you’d like performed, or if you’re interested in directing at The Village Players, please see someone in the lobby, or drop us an e-mail. We’ll put it up for consideration.