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Lighting Designs
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Theme Decorating
Lounge Furniture
Complete Event Solutions
Gala Fundraisers
Personalized Service

What's In A Name

Some businesses just pop up. True for Ampa, but when it started to click in the 90’s, a great deal of thought went into what we wanted to be. The amphitheater in classical Greece was a feature of life for entertainment, celebration, politics, and oration. All productions were offered manually with traditional theatrical techniques. Artisans working with their hands, creating, providing solutions with a traditional theatrical approach, that’s us.  

Ampa, a complete source of production services and equipment for entertaining, branding,
to support a message, heighten awareness of a cause, and gather people for purpose and fun.


For nearly 30 years, Ted Rubis has played a role in life’s most poignant moments. The first dance between a new husband and wife. Friends reuniting to share decades-old memories. A political hopeful launching a career. Colleagues uniting toward a shared mission. Volunteers raising money for a cause dear to their hearts. Through it all, Ampa has relied on service as a founding principle: working with you to pinpoint needs  and  then delivering solutions to meet them.

Ted Rubis launched Ampa in 1985 as an entertainment-booking agency, building on his experiences with special events and his affinity for bringing people together. Responding to demand, Ampa expanded its services becoming more than a resource for entertainment and party planning. Ampa became a trusted event producer. By the 1990s the company offered complete designs including construction of stage sets, custom props and scenery, was invested in a warehouse full of lighting, rigging and audiovisual effects and developed a staggering inventory of theme decor. More importantly, we built a team… a team of creative theater professionals and artisans who know how to pull all the parts together, at any budget, to serve client’s needs.  Ampa can dazzle a large audience, bring crowds to their feet or discreetly fade into the background for those special moments… 

As a Virginia-based company, Ampa serves local, regional, and national clients. Hire Ampa and you are hiring a direct source of equipment, technical, and design services – a masterful company to orchestrate a total solutions or serve a specific need. Let us help you start celebrating, commemorating, and bringing people together. 

For nearly 30 years, Ted Rubis has played a role in life’s most poignant moments. The first dance between a new husband and wife. Friends reuniting to share decades-old memories. A political hopeful launching a career. Colleagues uniting toward a shared mission. Volunteers raising money for a cause dear to their hearts. Through it all, Ampa has relied on service as a founding principle: working with you to pinpoint needs  and  then delivering solutions to meet them.

What We Do

What makes Ampa stand out:  skilled staff, inventory, efficiencies and flexibility.  Ampa is equally able to orchestrate a total solution or provide one item of the event, tailoring our services to clients needs.  With all the equipment, services and personnel under one roof, at any budget, Ampa seeks to exceed client’s expectations.

  • Lighting Design/Rigging
  • Carpentry
  • Technical Building
  • Materials Analysis
  • Scenic Painting
  • Web Design
  • Hard Coat Technique
  • Directing
  • Meeting Planning
  • Scripting
  • Prop Shop
  • Seamstress
  • Event Management
  • Technical Directors
  • Production Scheduling
  • Trade Show Services
  • Audio/Visual
  • Prop & Stage Design
  • Artistry
  • Foam Carving
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Integration
  • Custom Gobo Design
  • Production Technology
  • Wiring
  • CAD Design Renderings
  • CAD Design Shop Projects
  • Meeting & Event Directors
  • Pre-production Services
  • Extreme Attractions
  • Games
  • Soft Goods


Ted Rubis

Ted Rubis

Stephanie Rubis

Stephanie Rubis

Vice President
Sandy Crowe

Sandy Crowe

James Meekins

James Meekins

Lead Graphic Designer
Tripp Marcus

Tripp Marcus

Theatre Technician
Chris Gangloff

Chris Gangloff

Event Technician



Ampa Reviews

by Sarah Sutton on Ampa Events

Chris and Tripp are treasures and the equipment was all top notch. They were a joy to work with, and I’d be ecstatic to see them on all of my events. The equipment truly set the tone and met the high standards of us and our clients. Everything was gorgeous and the team was perfection. Thank you!

by Naomi Malka on Ampa Events

Everything went great on Saturday night and your team was really stellar.  Thanks for helping us create another awesome event.

by Matthew Crowe on Ampa Events

The team did a great job and the room looked amazing, everyone loved it.  Thank you so much.  We all look forward to working with you on many events to come.

by Sam from CSI on Ampa Events

Everything looked beautiful. Chris M was great to work with.

Google Reviews

Carla Castrilli
Carla Castrilli
17:55 06 Aug 19
Ampa Events is a company I would suggest time and time again. Not only is the product beautiful and well taken care of, the Ampa team is overly professional and responsive. We worked with Ampa on a big launch event where they provided a beautiful lounge and decor that was loved by all of our guests! Working with Ampa was an absolute pleasure from start to finish.
Kalyani Rogers
Kalyani Rogers
13:28 21 Dec 18
The Ampa team was fantastic to work with and did an amazing job on our company holiday party! Ted Rubis was my initial contact and had great ideas to bring our Northern Lights theme to life with our rental and décor items. He was very patient in working with us on several revisions to ensure we had everything perfect and within our budget. The onsite team was great as well- arrived early and was very friendly. We would definitely recommend Ampa for any event needs!!
Amy Bridge
Amy Bridge
14:05 07 Nov 18
AMPA has supplied services for our annual Literary Awards for several years. We have always found their staff helpful and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any special event needs.
Nikki Broome
Nikki Broome
01:03 02 May 18
I could not say enough good things about Ampa! From the planning stages, to the event, to tear-down, the staff was friendly and helpful, which helped ease SO much stress, and they did an absolutely BEAUTIFUL job!!! We received so many compliments!
Bert Green
Bert Green
23:49 20 Apr 18
The best professionals for planning a successful event. These guys are great to work with!
Daniel Longfellow
Daniel Longfellow
21:58 17 Apr 18
Efficiency and partnership is only part of the notable experience when working with Ampa Events!
Ebony Mccovery
Ebony Mccovery
14:12 17 Apr 18
Ampa Events offers exceptionally professional, detailed, reasonably priced, and more than accommodating services. They provided decor and life-size props for the 2018 Howard University Graduate Student Assembly Awards Gala which had an Egyptian theme. They were very patient while we were in our planning process and played an integral role in the execution of our event which exceeded our expectations (Mina- design of original invoice, Sandy- payments and invoice accommodations, Lou- revision of the invoice). All of the Ampa Events staff did a wonderful job in assisting us, but I must take the time to give a major shoutout to Mr. Tripp who delivered, installed, broke down our event! He was the only vendor who arrived at the agreed upon call time (early in fact), without an excuse, concern, or question beyond what we needed him to do. He met us with a warm personality, even after our event which ended after 1am. He was extremely diligent, fast and detailed in his work. When only one volunteer showed up to help us set up at the agreed upon call time before our event, Mr. Tripp stepped in using his blatant, refined experience and expertise to set all the props we ordered in the perfect way making the room look great and equally wowing our 200 guests at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in Washington, D.C.I am so impressed and satisfied with the services provided by Ampa Events. I am looking forward to working with this company again in the future!IMG_3208.HEIC
Brad Strouse
Brad Strouse
18:26 19 Feb 18
AMPA did an excellent job with our recent Mardi Gras event. Photos were great representations of actual quality! Delivery/tear down was prompt and professional and Ted's ideas were extremely helpful in laying out the event vision for our client.
Rebecca Pipkins
Rebecca Pipkins
18:49 05 Dec 17
Ampa was prompt, set up exactly how we wanted it, and cleaned up in a timely manner as well. They were super professional and met all of our needs.
Richmond SPCA
Richmond SPCA
22:08 09 Jun 17
We recently hosted an event in Richmond to honor our chief executive officer’s 20th anniversary. Our theme was “A Starry Night,” and Ampa Events provided us the lighting equipment necessary to create the effect of stars broadcast throughout the room for the occasion. The lighting was stunning, and we received countless compliments from guests. The company is extremely professional and reliable and a wonderful community partner. They really helped make our event very special.
Alex Glass
Alex Glass
12:48 28 Mar 17
Ted and his team are top notch! I've used them for years for a variety of event needs and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others.
Michael Bussman
Michael Bussman
17:57 29 Jun 16
We have used Ampa Events for many years for our graduation at Benedictine College Preparatory. They are professional, courteous, prompt, and setup & cleanup happened as scheduled with no issues. They even show up on the day of the event to make sure everything is ready to go! Happy to recommend them and we plan to continue using them for years to come.
Nicole Rada
Nicole Rada
17:46 17 May 16
Ampa did a great job for our event! Their staff was prompt, nice, and knowledgeable. It made my job so much easier to have them handle the set up and break down of the stuff they brought. I would use them over and over!
Pamela Hughes
Pamela Hughes
18:45 11 Apr 16
AMPA helped us put on a high school Prom for 800 students last weekend. From the time we decided on a theme until after the decorations were removed, the staff was dedicated to making our event the best! We'll be using them for many Homecoming dances and Proms to come!
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