Players of the Stage exists to celebrate God’s glory by developing the unique character, voice and talents of actors through staging entertaining and thought-provoking productions and to support, through its proceeds, humanitarian organizations in the Lehigh Valley.
It is our desire that each actor within our community grow as an individual and, through acting, learn important life skills such as public speaking, teamwork, confidence and community service. We carefully guide our actors to recognize the skills and talents they possess as a gift from God to be used for His glory to give back to their communities. Players of the Stage will impact the Lehigh Valley by supporting local charitable organizations and providing affordable art that transforms our community. We desire to acquire a downtown space where we can reach out with a broad range of arts-based programs, thereby creating a place for people to be exposed to the arts.
Players of the Stage promotes the development of individuals through theatre and advances art and the work of social justice in the Lehigh Valley by providing two youth showcase productions that focus on the development of younger actors and one community show a year. By performing all POTS shows as benefit shows we not only work towards promoting social justice in the Valley but we train our actors to use their talents for the advancement of others. We hope to expand our program by obtaining our own building, hiring more staff, and starting more opportunities for the community: theatre classes, more productions, an art gallery, and a cafe where the community can gather to talk and connect.
Founders and Leaders
Anna Barshinger Lauffer, Co-founder Elisabeth Barshinger, Co-founder and Executive Director
Anna Barshinger Lauffer, Co-founder
Elisabeth Barshinger, Co-founder and Executive Director
What Inspired You to Start This Project?
lives. Playing the part of Carlotta the 4th broke through my shy shell and thrust me into a confidence that I had hitherto thought impossible to possess. My family started Players of the Stage in 2000 to give 16 children a fun time acting, but as we continued to have shows I realized that we had the beginnings of something more.
A Word to Our Supporters
Thank you very much for joining us in promoting the development of individuals through theatre, the advancement of art, and the work of social justice in the Lehigh Valley. We have a big vision and dream for how to further our impact in our community and we could not do it with out your support. Thank you.
Thanks! With your help, we can make a difference!
Humanitarian Social Innovations & POTS
Social entrepreneur Elisabeth Barshinger and her daughter, Sharon Gerdes, entered HSI’s Incubation: Start Something! program in June of 2015. During the incubation period they honed their vision for Players of the Stage and its path forward as a nonprofit organization. While not missing a step in their production schedule, they positioned POTS to be well-qualified for fiscal sponsorship in HSI’s Certified Grantee: GO for Impact! program, which POTS entered in February of 2016.
Humanitarian Social Innovations treats funds received for the purpose of this project as restricted under the charitable trust doctrine. All funds, minus administrative fees, are dedicated to the purpose of this project and will not be used to pay the expenses of another.