What is CharacterWorks?

CharacterWorks (CWorks) is a non-profit 501(c)3 after-school youth theater program offering classes, camps and productions for students age 4-19 years old.  CharacterWorks started in Richmond in 2001 as an affiliate of Christian Youth Theater (CYT, Inc in San Diego, CA), and became an independent youth theater company in July 2013.

Our Mission

CharacterWorks is dedicated to the mission of honoring Christ, building character, and creating community through quality theater arts education and productions. We believe in pursuing the highest standards of quality in all that we do because we believe that best reflects the God we serve. 

Values and Objectives - Love God, Love Others

  • Placing the maximum worth on people and treating each individual with respect and significance.
  • Developing character values in individuals including commitment, discipline, confidence, and integrity.
  • Building a community of families through the direct involvement of each family member’s talents, interests, and abilities.
  • Providing a quality product without compromising a wholesome environment.
  • Pointing people to a life-changing relationship with God through Jesus. 

"Always so impressed by the quality of these shows, the talented performers, and overall entertaining experience... CharacterWorks is amazing!"

Eleonora L., CWorks Patron

What are our programs?

CharacterWorks is based around three foundational programs: theatre arts classes, Broadway-style shows, and musical theatre summer camps. The purpose of all of these programs is to educate and encourage children’s gifts and talents in the arts, and to instill in them Christian values and an awareness of their relationship with God. 


CORE is CharacterWorks' high school leadership program. Students in CORE train in Character, Outreach, Responsibility, and Excellence in order to lead at CharacterWorks and in their communities.


After over 15 years of theatre, CharacterWorks has a substantial inventory of props, costumes, and set pieces. We can be the starting point of your next show, party, or other event.

Winner of Hulafrog's Most Loved Acting Studio in RVA's West End 2017

CharacterWorks is honored to be voted "Most Loved Acting Studio" in 2017 by parents in Richmond's West End area! Hulafrog is an online resource for parents, providing local things for kids to do. They have the must read email for in-the-know parents around town. Thank you Hulafrog! 

Winner of Favorite Children's Theater in RVA 2017

We are excited to be voted Favorite Children's Theater in Style Weekly's 2017 Family Favorites issue. Thank you RVA! 


Mailing Address:
2216 Perl Rd.
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 804-306-9159
Office Address:
2216 Perl Rd.
Richmond, VA 23230

Office hours:
By Appointment

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