Our Values

Our Values

Ensembles are founded on the principles of inclusion, diversity, and equality. Because the ensemble is core to everything we do at Traveling Players, these principles are reflected in every part of our community, artistry, and mission.

Our scholarships are the most generous among peers in the region, with neither lifetime nor annual caps.  Our largest single awardee received $21,150 over a four-year period, which she leveraged into a 4-year full-ride scholarship at a private university.

  • Over 680 performances, 50% donated
  • 21% of all participants in 2019 were students of color
  • Awarded 228 scholarships totaling more than $223,093
  • Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Good Neighbor grant in 2016 and 2018, dedicated to scholarship funds for high-achieving, low-income youth.

We believe that theatre education plays a critical role in youth development. Psychology researcher Thalia Goldstein studied adolescents training in theatre and compared them to students with different artistic interests and commitments. She found that theatre specifically improved kids’ empathy vastly more than other artistic disciplines. NPR summed up her work by characterizing theatre training as “a performance-enhancing drug for empathy.”