Traveling Players Ensemble

Selected as one of 25 model Summer Schools in the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts, Traveling Players Ensemble is a nonprofit professional theatre company in the Washington, DC area, dedicated to bringing great theatre into the great outdoors through a thriving summer camp and year-round acting classes and workshops.

"My son and daughter have attended TPE camps and classes 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."

Traveling Players Ensemble believes in…

Artistic creation is fundamental to forming one’s identity, especially for teens in their unique and complex transition between childhood and adulthood. We give teens a safe space to explore themselves through artistic expression.

As stated in a 2007 Washington Post article featuring Traveling Players as a camp that meaningfully addresses ‘nature-deficit disorder’, “Many kids’ first spiritual encounters take place in nature, where they discover something larger than themselves.” Therefore, Traveling Players links theatre to nature by working outdoors and favoring plays with nature themes. With weekly overnights and outdoor rehearsals, TPE builds confidence and respect for the outdoors through Leave No Trace camping ethics.

An ensemble (13) provides an ideal structure for fostering creativity and a sense of community, ensuring personalized attention and significant growth as an artist and individual. By keeping our casts small, TPE is able to provide individualized instruction and an enviable staff-to-student ratio of 1:4.


He is absolutely fearless in the classroom and on the page; he did not show this kind of ability or confidence in English classes before coming to Traveling Players.
Scholarship Parent, 2006 – 2009