About Us

277539_1902916535831_5966229_oNikki Andrews, Founder

Primary Players Children’s Theatre Group was founded in 2005 by former school teacher, Mrs. Nikki Andrews, who noted that the standard school curriculum left insufficient time in the classroom for the performing arts.  She noticed younger pupils received very little exposure since most drama clubs were only available to older students. Mrs. Andrews wrote a request for a grant, which was approved and awarded by the Maryville City Schools Foundation.  Primary Players has grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit drama organization devoted to youngsters from ages 8 to 18 who love acting, singing, dancing and learning about the many aspects of theatrical production.  We aim to educate, entertain and enrich our students’ lives through the magic of theatre.

Our Mission

Primary Players Children’s Theatre Group is committed to working with young people to develop their theatrical artistry, specifically dramatic expression, artistic interpretation, technical presentation, makeup, sets, and costume design.  We anticipate that the students participating in Primary Players will develop a heightened appreciation of the theatrical arts, and will recognize the importance of the arts in their community.  We also make effort to ensure that each student’s time with us is enjoyable and engaging.

The goals of Primary Players Children’s Theatre Group include educating youngsters in the arts, cultivating their talents, and instructing students in life skills, like public speaking, self expression, confidence, professional integrity and responsibility.  We also aim to produce outstanding experiences for our young cast members and to to give our audiences excellent theatrical events. 

Our 2018 Board of Directors
The Primary Players Children’s Theatre Group Board of Directors is currently comprised of eight members from varied walks of life and each bring necessary talents to both the board and to our productions. For us, it’s all about the kids. 


Neil Stiles, President
Neil is a technical wizard and builder of sets. Email Neil.
Robyn Blair, Vice President
Robyn is our PR person, skilled in personnel management and serves as Assistant Stage Manager. Email Robyn.
Denise Weston, Treasurer
Denise and her daughter, Courtney, design and create most of our costumes. Denise is also the person to contact regarding reimbursement or tax receipts. Email Denise.
Missy Ament, Secretary
Missy makes props, collects props, and works on the PP website. Email Missy.
John Cherry, Artistic Director
John has the vision of our productions, long before it's brought to life on stage. Email John.
Beth Ballard, Director
Beth manages volunteers, records volunteer hours, and orders our production T-shirts. Email Beth.
Susie Smith, Director
Susie is instrumental in event planning, fundraising, and choreographing. Email Susie.
Dustin Rader, Director
Dustin designs & builds sets, and is a technical magician. Email Dustin.
Sherry Ogle, Director
Sherry serves as Assistant Stage Manager, and assists with the layout of our program and other printed materials. Email Sherry.
Rich Carnes, Director
Rich has only just joined us on the Board of Directors. We will put him to work directly. Email Rich.
Traci Giebudowski, Director
Traci has only just joined the Board, but she has been assistant stage manager for us in years past, and is always helpful backstage. Email Traci.
Amy Rochelle, Director
Amy has only just joined us on the Board. She has interest in helping manage the website and in fundraising. Email Amy.

General Information
All inquiries regarding upcoming productions, sponsorship, advertising, tickets and auditions should be directed to primaryplayers.tn@gmail.com or 865-315-8460.