What is CharacterWorks?

CharacterWorks is a faith-based non-profit 501(c)3 after-school youth theater program offering classes, camps and productions for students age 6-18 since 2001. 

CharacterWorks is based around three foundational programs: theater arts classes, Broadway-style shows, and musical theater 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. 

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

  • 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. 

Love Christ, Love Others

Since our inception nearly twenty years ago, we have welcomed all children and families to participate in our classes, camps and shows.  Following the example of Jesus, we seek to love others unconditionally and give all glory to God as we do.

Our Statement of Faith clarifies our biblical worldview that has directed CharacterWorks since 2001. Like other faith-based organizations, it is both our privilege and duty to publicly set forth the beliefs that guide our operations and our ministry.  It is important that all who support and participate in our organization have a clear understanding of the beliefs and principles held by our founders and our Board of Directors. It is not intended nor is there an expectation that our patrons, students, and families identify with these statements.  

Our Statement reflects God's command to love one another, affording everyone compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity following Christ’s example. Our programs are open to all families without regard to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or preference, learning style, talents, physical ability, political views, race, religion, socioeconomic status, or family structure.

"Our girls have gained so much self confidence through CharacterWorks. They love taking classes, being a part of the big shows and watching them as well!”

Erin and Garrett Noegel


After 20 years of theater productions, CharacterWorks has a substantial inventory of props and costumes. We can be the starting point of your next show!

CharacterWorks Staff

Brooke Abrahamsen - Executive Artistic Director
Jacob Filegar - Producing Director 
Donna Amadee - Finance Director and Box Office 
Joy Osborne - Class and Camp Director 
Becky McNamee - Director of Development

CharacterWorks Board of Directors

Mike George - Chairman
Biff Pusey – Vice-Chair
Paul Peterson - Treasurer
Dave Anderson, Shannon Easter, Jennifer Fitch,
Brenda Lindsay, Steve Radabaugh


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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