About Us

Our Mission

To teach, to reach, and to inspire through the magic of theater.


Dear Friends, Educators, and Parents,

I love children’s theater. It’s a magical place. Tucked in the audience, I am transported to places I’ve never seen before, meet people I’ve never heard of before, see things I’ve never even imagined…whisked over the rainbow, lost in the Hundred Acre Wood, flown to Never Land, thrown into a mad tea party, renewed in a secret garden, hidden in an attic room with a girl and her diary. Which of these places fails to ring deeply in your imagination?

Works of art are powerful tools. They teach us, reach our conscience and sense of humanity in a deep and lasting way, and inspire us to move forward. Onstage, these magical places and people come to life. And cloaked inside the music, humor, and adventure – we discover ourselves. We learn that there is no place like home or that we must grow up or that we’re free to be you and me, or we dare to hope that, despite everything, people really are good. That’s the powerful nature of art at work.

We learn. We are touched. We are connected by this shared experience, and a common bond is born between audience and actors. Together, we remember our finest qualities: hope, courage, creativity, honesty, tolerance, and on and on and on. All of this is possible from a simple trip to see a play.

At TRYPS, we create magic. We do it expressly to teach, reach, and inspire young audiences – not only about theater, but about life’s values. We tie classroom lessons to life lessons. We love it and hope you will too.

Jill Womack
Executive Artistic Director


Our Staff

JILL WOMACK – BA/Speech & Drama–MU/Columbia & MFA/Theater–Univ. of NC at Greensboro

Jill Womack is TRYPS’ founder and executive artistic director. She earned her MFA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 1997. She worked professionally in both LA and NYC and was a member of SAG and AFTRA. She taught acting at UNCG, Oakland Jr. High School, and the Imperial College Summer Enrichment Program in London, England. She has studied Shakespeare and Classical Styles from John Ulmer, Richard Cotrell, and John Neville. She has produced and directed for TRYPS, as well as created workshops, outreach programs, and course curriculum. She conceived and commissioned the first original script for the company,The Selfish Giant, which was selected for the 2002 Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival. As a playwright, Ms. Womack adapted Tom Sawyer–with nationally-renowned folk musicians Win & Paul Grace and Dregs-based on local author Barri Bumgarner’s novel. Ms. Womack is a recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Coolfont Scholarship and the Kennedy Center’s Award of Excellence.

NICOLE BEASLEY – BFA/Technical Theatre-Costume – Missouri Valley College

Ms Beasley is the Resident Costume Designer for TRYPS. She has designed for TRYPS, Stephens College Dance and Theatre Department, Battle High School, Columbia College and been assistant designer for the Straw Hat Players, Moorhead Minnesota. She is a Costume Consultant for Dragonflies Belly Dance Company and the Moon Belly Ensemble.  She has worked as Wardrobe Mistress for MU Concert Series, Lyceum Theatre, Chautauqua New York and Stages St. Louis. TRYPS designs include: Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Hairspray, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Nicole is also the resident costume designer for all TRYPS classes, camps and is the director of the Threads Costume Academy.

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