What Tuition Pays For

Traveling Players Ensemble is a registered non-profit company. Tuition covers about 65% of the expenses of each Traveling Players camper. TPE relies on grants, donations, and gifts to make up the remainder.

Your tuition at Traveling Players covers the following:

Expert Faculty

Directors are master teachers with many years of experience in both professional theatre and theatre teaching. Along with their professional achievements, the faculty is trained in First Aid/CPR and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Some faculty receives Wilderness First Responder Certification.

Faculty to Student Ratio of 1:4

Traveling Players limits the cast of each show to 13 acting students, who are paired with a director, and two assistant directors. This allows unparalleled individual instruction.

Fully-Designed Shows

All costumes, sets, and props are designed and built by our talented Design Team, consisting of professional designers and construction artists, who also train our technical theatre students.


Daily transportation is provided from pick-up spots in the DC metro area (DC, Maryland, and Virginia), including several metro stops. Each exciting day of Traveling Players begins and ends on our signature purple buses, driven by a trained and commercially licensed driver. Each bus includes a bus counselor whose job it is to ensure a safe and fun ride by organizing games and bonding our community of young performers.

Weekly Campouts

Every Thursday night, Traveling Players students camp out at Lake Fairfax Park, during which time they learn Leave No Trace camping ethics, while pitching tents and cooking over open fires. Traveling Players carefully guides the camping experience so that campers become comfortable and skilled in the outdoors. Traveling Players provides meals and snacks, as well as all the communal gear: tents and cooking equipment.


One distinguishing characteristic of Traveling Players is that all students go on tour to perform their shows. Our Mythology Ensemble and Middle School Ensemble tour the local community and perform for scouts, camps, public libraries, and children’s hospitals. Our High School Ensemble tours to residential senior centers and Shenandoah National Park. Traveling Troupe and Commedia Troupe go on tour for one to two weeks, performing at venues like state parks, the Lime Kiln Theatre, and Colonial Williamsburg. TPE provides most meals on the longer tours, in addition to taking the campers rafting, hiking, and seeing plays.


This includes our residency at Madeira and Lake Fairfax Park, camping fees while out on tour, and weekly swimming fees at Spring Hill RECenter.


In addition to standard liability insurance for educational theatre, Traveling Players’ insurance policies cover our fleet of five purple school buses, care of students overnight (like a residential camp), challenge courses, and swimming. We also carry additional medical coverage in case our student’s policy is not sufficient.