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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 educational theatre company in the Washington, DC area, dedicated to bringing great theatre into the great outdoors through a thriving summer day camp and year-round acting classes and workshops.  

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.