Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling Players camp is in residence at the Madeira School in McLean, VA.  Our Thursday campouts take place at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia.  Read more about our Camp Locations.

Camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm every weekday.  In addition, for every camp except our Acting Sampler Weeks, every Thursday night features a campout: students camp overnight at Lake Fairfax and leave for home at 4 pm on Friday.  We host three performance festivals on Friday, July 21st; Friday, August 11th; and Friday, August  18th.  On those days, campers should expect to remain through the evening.

We offer programs for 3rd through 12th graders.

Most programs do not require an audition.  Only our longer and more advanced programs, Traveling Troupe and Commedia Troupe, require an audition.

Traveling Players operates purple buses that run throughout the DC Metro area.  You can find the bus stop closest to you here.  There is no additional charge for bus service.  Families living close to The Madeira School are welcome to drop their kids at camp as well.

No.  While we do have a weekly overnight on Thursdays, campers will return home on most days.  Campers from out of town will need regular housing during their season with us.

The majority of our campers come for 4 week sessions; in our opinion, this is the minimum time required to effectively rehearse a play.  However, we do offer several shorter mini-camps, as well as advanced camps that run longer than 4 weeks.  You can see all of our ensembles’ lengths and learn more about each of them.

Ensemble theatre forms the backbone of the Traveling Players philosophy. Learn more about what that means!

On regular days, campers should bring a lunch with them.  On the Thursday night campouts, we provide snacks, dinner, and breakfast.  We also provide the majority of meals on the longer tours; see the individual programs for details.

You can find out what to bring to camp here.  Please note that Traveling Players provides tents; your child will not need his or her own tent.

We offer a remarkable staff-to-student ration of 1:4. Learn more about our staff!

Our overall camper retention rate is approximately 70%.

We go swimming every Friday afternoon in the swimming pool at the nearby Spring Hill RECenter.  In addition to our own staff, Spring Hill RECenter employs certified lifeguards.  High School programs also have opportunities to go swimming while on tour, supervised by the TPE staff.

Traveling Players Ensemble offers high-value programs at competitive costs.  You can see what your tuition pays for here.

If you find you cannot join us, and choose to withdraw your child from any TPE program after registering, TPE will fully refund your payments before April 15th, except for the following non-refundable amounts: Traveling and Commedia Troupes, $2000; High School and Middle School Ensembles, $500; Mythology Ensemble, $200. After April 15th, all payments for TPE programs are non-refundable.