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    Traveling Players Ensemble

    Traveling Players Ensemble


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: United States
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July, August
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Sub-Categories: Theatre Arts, Design, Acting, LGBTQ
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (703) 987-1712
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    "1 of 25 Summer Schools of the Arts,”  – The National Endowment for the Arts.

    Traveling Players offers a range of programs for theatre students, from advanced performance & technical theatre training in our 6-week pre-college Shakespeare Troupe to 1-week introductory workshops for beginners.

    For 20 years Traveling Players has trained students in theatre.  Founded on faith in the imagination, wit, and honesty of teenagers, Traveling Players' summer programs focus on classical dramatic traditions. Traveling Players’ Studio is in Tysons Corner Center, where they offer classes and performances year-round. 

    Our hallmark summer theatre conservatories are by-audition and residential -- nestled in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains in Leesburg, VA. Actors (grades 4-12) rehearse a play in small, supportive peer groups of only 13 performers. Led by a trio of directors (faculty to student ratio -- 1:4), they receive expert personalized acting training in ensemble-based theatre, text analysis, and stage combat. Each session culminates in at least one professionally staged and designed public performance with plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, and based on Greek Mythology.

    Traveling Players emphasizes a meaningful engagement with nature. Our residential programs include a weekly campout – when performers learn Leave No Trace camping techniques, to pitch tents, and cook outdoors. As artists and backpackers, students learn self-reliance and creative problem-solving, and gain an appreciation of challenges and beauty -- while making lifelong friendships.

    Members of our advanced Shakespeare Troupe (grades 9-12) apply the skills they have learned as artists and backpackers to a week-long professional performance tour. Past tours have included performances at the Kennedy Centers’ Millennium Stage, Colonial Williamsburg, and Lime Kiln Theatre.

    Shakespeare Troupe Touring Summer 2023 – Romeo & Juliet

    Young actors (grades 2-4) in the DC-metro area can train at our Day Camp based out of our  Studio in Tysons Corner Center. Our Acting Studio Day camps expand imaginations, confidence, and skills while forming new friendships. 

    Studio training and performance opportunities are available year-round to students of all ages and levels.

    Our training expands far beyond the work our students do on our stages. Our students have received artistic awards and scholarships from universities across the nation. While not all of our alumni choose to pursue theatre professionally, many of them continue to create dramatic art on an extracurricular basis. No matter where they end up, our alumni take life lessons from the arts with them.

    Small by design and awarded for excellence, Traveling Players has been bringing great theatre into the great outdoors for 20 years.

    Cost and Session Information

    Shakespeare Troupe (grades 9-12, 6-weeks) $8950 ($9450 after the Early Bird Discount flies away Jan 31st)

    Technical Theatre Apprenticeship (grades 8-12, 3 or 6-weeks) $5100 or $8950 ($5400 or $9450 after the Early Bird Discount flies away Jan 31st) 

    Shakespeare Ensemble (grades 8-12, 3-weeks) $5100 ($5400 after the Early Bird Discount flies away Jan 31st)

    Thespian Ensemble (grades 6-8, 3-weeks) $5100 ($5400 after the Early Bird Discount flies away Jan 31st)

    Mythology Ensemble (grades 4-6, 2 weeks) $3300 ($3500 after the Early Bird Discount flies away Jan 31st)

    Financial Aid available for all programs


    • Thank you to the entire camp team for such a healthy, successful, and fulfilling camp experience. I cannot tell you enough how much joy and growth [my daughter] experienced. You all cultivated such a strong, supportive, and inclusive community. [My daughter] came home more confident, more comfortable in her own skin, and more knowledgeable about theater, culture, and diverse communities. She is seriously just oozing happiness from her every pore.

      - Jamie A. (Parent) - August 6, 2021
    • This year, for my forensics competition, I chose a piece from Hamlet... [Using]... the skills and techniques I learned at camp... I was able to grab a 30/30 score for both rounds, and two first-place spots. I am beyond grateful to Traveling Players and all of your guidance.

      - Freyja D. (Student) - December 14, 2021
    • Putting together a full-length Shakespeare play in a few short weeks requires commitment from all of the members of the cast. The work ethic that I learned from Traveling Players helped me to success in high school and now in college.

      - Katie G. (Alum and former Staffer) - November 21, 2011
    • 300 people auditioned. 22 people were cast. My son, who was a Traveling Players student for many years, will make his Muhlenberg Mainstage debut this November in the Greek tragedy Agamemnon. He is one of only a very few freshmen to be cast in any of the school's Mainstage productions.

      - Tonya F. (Parent) - October 15, 2014
    • A transformative experience! My son and daughter have attended Traveling Players programs for many years. It is the most important activity in both of their lives. The instruction in classical theatre is incomparable. The outdoor skills and experiences are phenomenal. And the friendships and close, supportive community of kids are priceless. Go!

      - Laurie S. (Parent) - March 7, 2013