Frequently Asked Questions
Traveling Players camp is in residence at the Madeira School in McLean, VA. 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 those days, campers should expect to remain through the evening.
We offer programs for 3rd through 12th graders.
Some groups go onto a waiting list in January and others in February, just before the Early Bird deadline. By the time spring arrives, availability is still good but it is scattered across our many programs. Our advice? Register as soon as you can—it only takes a few minutes—and then relax!
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.
Child development experts agree: longer sessions are better! It takes a week to integrate yourself into a new community, and it is only in the subsequent weeks that transformative learning happens. In order to create new habits, you need to practice them long enough for them to become ingrained. Your average student will learn twice as much in a four-week session as they do in a three-week session.
Interestingly enough, in our first summer, we began with three-week ensemble programs – and Shakespeare Troupe started out at six-weeks. 100% of our students wanted the programs to be longer. Longer programs allow our students to learn more, build real trust and life-long friendships, gain new skills on and off stage, and rehearse a show they can truly be proud of.
Ensemble theatre forms the backbone of the Traveling Players philosophy. Learn more about what that means!
While not all of Traveling Players’ alumni pursue theatre professionally, those that do have done quite well. Our students have attended Yale, Emerson, Muhlenberg, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, among other schools, often receiving artistic awards or scholarships. Our alumni are currently working with the SITI Company, Trinity Rep, Shakespeare & Company and Cal Shakes.
On regular days, campers should bring a lunch with them. On the Thursday night campouts, please bring two lunches. We provide Thursday snack, dinner, and Friday 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.
There are a few ways you can be eligible for discounts on our summer programs:
Early Bird Special: If you enroll for a TPE program before midnight on Feb. 14, you can receive a special early bird discount!
Referrals: If a new student enrolls in any program at your suggestion, we will gratefully give you a rebate. Multiple new campers equals multiple rebates! You don’t have to wait to register to get the rebate—enroll and pay now, and we’ll gladly refund you as a thank you for every referral.
Full Summer Discount: Families enrolling one child in multiple sessions are eligible for a discount! In order to qualify for the discount, you must purchase two sessions of 4 weeks or more.
Sibling Discount: Families enrolling more than one child may take a discount.