Summer Camp Programs 2020

Virtual Summer Theatre Programs

Award-winning summer theatre camps & acting conservatories – for DC area’s kids, tweens and teens

There are a lot of different ensembles at Traveling Players, and we want to help you find the best fit.  Here are some tips, depending on what grade you’re in.

Traveling Players offers a range of summer camp programs for students in 3rd – 12th grade, from 1-week of fun for beginner actors all the way up to 7-weeks of pre-college Shakespeare performance training. 

That’s a lot of choices!

Take the show on the road!

Each session culminates in a fully staged and designed performance which tours to several locations, thereby cultivating stronger, more adaptable and capable artists and individuals.

great theatre
in the great outdoors
with daily transporation

What makes Traveling Players different?

Traveling Players emphasizes a meaningful engagement with nature. Our unique day camp (Monday-Friday) features a weekly campout — when performers learn Leave No Trace camping techniques, to pitch tents and cook outdoors. As artists and backpackers, campers learn self-reliance and creative problem solving, and gain an appreciation of challenges and beauty.

All programs include daily transportation and classes

We offer scholarships!

summer camp for middle school

Elementary & Middle School

Current 3rd – 8th graders

1 Week
Current 3rd – 5th graders
This one week acting camp is designed to introduce the new camper to Traveling Players. Explore acting and outdoor skills in a fun, relaxed environment. Dive into classes in improv, acting, and physical theatre, and then perform for friends and family!  Camp Details >>

2 Weeks
Current 4th – 6th graders

Our Mythology Ensemble takes on the world’s greatest myths in this two week summer camp for the young actor. Mythology campers receive expert training in acting and movement before heading out on a mini performance tour! Complete with fun-filled rehearsals, daily classes and a weekly camp-out, the Mythology Ensemble is the perfect introduction to Traveling Players.  Camp Details >>

4 Weeks
Current 5th – 8th graders

Our Thespian Ensemble is perfect for the middle school actor. In just four weeks, Thespians receive expert training in acting and physical comedy before taking their show on tour to perform for area camps, libraries, and children’s hospitals.  Camp Details >>

High School

Current 8th – 12th graders

4 Weeks; 3 Days on tour
Current 8th – 12th graders

In just four weeks, the Shakespeare Ensemble produces a 75 minute, professionally directed and designed production of one of the Bard’s greatest works. Students receive expert training in acting, performing Shakespeare, and stage combat, before taking their show on the road, when they go backpacking off the Appalachian Trail.  Camp Details >>

7 Weeks; 13 Days on tour
Current 9th – 12th graders
Experience a professional-level performance tour while still in high school with this rigorous seven week summer theatre conservatory program. The Shakespeare Troupe rehearses a full-length professionally directed and designed Shakespeare play. They take their show on the road for a two week performance tour, performing eight times in beautiful outdoor theaters throughout Virginia.  Camp Details >>

4 Weeks; 3 Days on tour  or  7 Weeks, 13 Days on tour
Current 8th – 12th graders

Experience a professional-level performance tour while still in high school with this rigorous Technical Theatre Apprenticeship. Technical Theatre apprentices concentrate on the scene shop, costume shop, or learn the elements of stage management. Technical apprentices receive individualized, hands-on training in all aspects of construction and production for outdoor theatre, before joining either or Shakespeare Ensemble or Shakespeare Troupe and performing in beautiful outdoor theatres throughout Virginia.  Camp Details >>

celebrating early bird discounts

My kids (now teens) participated in many drama programs throughout the DC/MD/VA area and Traveling Players Ensemble is by far the best experience either of them has had. It’s such a unique program, combining outdoor skills (which they certainly wouldn’t learn from me) with classical theatre training in a truly collaborative environment. The staff are all highly trained classical actors who return year after year. My kids have never worked as hard at anything as they do here; they love it!

— Parent

Listen to Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison talk about what makes Traveling Players Ensemble a unique experience!