Employment

Employment

traveling players faculty and staff

Traveling Players Ensemble offers robust summer programs for dedicated students (ages 10-18) to perform classical plays in outdoor amphitheaters.  Selected as a “Summer School in the Arts” by the NEA, Traveling Players’ summer programs provide intensive theatre training to small troupes of actors.  In non-COVID summers, programs culminated in backpacking trips to perform their shows, giving teens and pre-teens the experience of wandering entertainers who carry dinner, tent and props all in their trusty pack.  Traveling Players has performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Wolf Trap’s International Children’s Festival and Colonial Williamsburg.

New for summer 2021 – our reaction to the global pandemic is to dig even deeper into our mission of bringing great theatre into the great outdoors by transitioning our day camp to a residential program (a.k.a. sleep away camp), thereby creating a tight bubble of safety.  We will live in cabins in the woods, eat together, make theatre, and create a joyful community for our students who have endured a year of screens and isolation. 

  • Dates: June 13 – August 9. We would consider a “late-start” contract for the right applicant.
    • Students are with us from June 27 – August 6 (6 weeks).
    • Staff orientation (June 13–26) and strike (August 7–9) are mandatory and paid.
  • Location: In residence at Camp Highroad, Middleburg, VA (new for summer 21)
    • Food and lodging is included in all contracts. Most staff will sleep in staff cabins, except for some Cabin Counselors.
    • For COVID safety reasons, our staff will live together in community for all 8 weeks. Days off can be spent off-campus.
  • Safety: You will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine and a background check.
    • You will get a COVID test (PCR) before arriving for orientation.
    • Staff quarantines together for 2 weeks (orientation) before students arrive.
    • Between staff and students, we project 80-95% of our community will be vaccinated this summer, which would put us in the range of herd immunity.  Only 5% of our community is under age 12. 
    • We are following recommendations from the CDC, American Camp Association and Virginia Department of Heath to determine our safety practices for the summer. You can read more about our safety policies here.
  • Staff training: Community First Aid, Safe Boundaries for students and staff (taught by a LSW – including appropriate language and touch, comprehensive mandated reporter laws, risk management, and social media), Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, and teaching strategies. Plus we’ll cover pitching tents, fire building, learning styles, low ropes and ensemble building/training.
  • Internships: Artistic Director Jeanne E. Harrison, MA, MFA, has worked at universities and can supervise or liaise with your university for college credit.

To apply for any position, please:

  1. Email personalized cover letter for this position and resume to jeharrison@travelingplayers.org
  2. Fill out this form.

Summer Positions

Directors serve as the most senior faculty member of small ensemble of 12-13 performers, supported by two assistant directors and a design team.  Training and collaborating with your assistant directors is expected, as is full engagement as a supervisor, mentor and role model during non-artistic time to support community life at camp.   Salary: $375-$550/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Directs the Mythology Ensemble (performers in grades 4-6): Pandora’s Fire & Atalanta (new commission, world premiere), both by Judith Walsh White. This contract includes 4 weeks of directing and 2 weeks of teaching/supporting other productions. 

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Delights in directing students (ages 10-12)
  • Beliefs in the power of the ensemble
  • Relishes for working outdoors
  • Training in classical theatre or Commedia dell’Arte
  • A graduate degree

The props/scenic assistant head works with professional designers to create props for our 7 summer productions, while training a small crew of high school students to assist you as part of our Technical Theatre Apprenticeship program.  Salary: $180-$350/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a BA, BFA (assistant)
  • Delights in mentoring and teaching teens
  • Strong painting, construction, and safety skills
  • Bonus points for scenic painting and paint mixing experience
  • Experience successfully managing a crew – delegating, expanding skills, and meeting production deadlines
  • Maintain a joyful, educational and stress-free shop environment
  • Excited by functioning in a low-tech shop (power tools, hand tools, paint – a makeshift shop for the summer, not a professional space)

Looks after the well-being of our students when they are not in rehearsal and ensures that they have a great camp experience!  Manages, coordinates and leads non-artistic activities and experiences for the camp community with the Cabin Counselors.  The Head of Residential Life will serve as a core member of the management of the community; tracking emotional and physical health of the students while creating memories they will remember for a lifetime.  Salary: $350-$600/week plus room and board for 8 weeks.

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or MA
  • Significant experience mentoring students (ages 10-18), ideally at a summer camp
  • A strong belief in the power of the ensemble
  • Relish working outdoors
  • Experience with ensemble-building, low ropes, Leave No Trace camping skills or lifeguard certification a plus
  • Event and management experience; exceptionally well organized
  • Experience with helping students building coping skills and deescalating issues
  • Experience helping students recover from homesickness, disappointments, friendship shifts and identity issues
  • Have a passion they can teach/share with the students
  • Experience with and passion for performing arts education a plus
  • Calm under pressure, resilient, and authentic
  • Bonus points for a CDL license (school bus)

Looks after the well-being of our students, and ensures that they have a great camp experience! Under the direction of the Head of Residential Life, coordinates and leads non-artistic activities and experiences for the camp community.  Salary: $180-$300/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working at summer camp (ages 10-18)
  • A strong belief in the power of the ensemble
  • Relish working outdoors
  • Experience with ensemble-building, low ropes, Leave No Trace camping skills or lifeguard certification a plus
  • Experience with helping students building coping skills and deescalating issues.
  • Experience helping students recover from homesickness, disappointments, friendship shifts and identity issues.
  • Have a passion they can teach/share with the students
  • Experience with and passion for performing arts education a plus
  • Bonus points for a CDL license (school bus)

Works closely with the Program & Production Manager to manage camp logistics and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Salary: $180-$250/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Primary duties include:

  • Assist the Program & Production Manager as directed.
  • Manage and maintain a database, timetables, and spreadsheets.
  • Ensure that camp staff have access to paperwork, equipment, and resources from the office.
  • Help supervise the implementation of our Contagious Diseases Protocol (CDP).
  • Capture photographs and video footage of camp activities.
  • Facilitate communication between the camp office and staff, parents, and the wider Traveling Players community.

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working at summer camp, preferably in an administrative role
  • A clean driver’s license and a working vehicle
  • Exceptionally well organized and a fast learner
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize, initiate, and collaborate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Relish working outdoors
  • Optimistic spirit, energetic, good sense of humor, flexible and creative problem-solver and ability to maintain a level head in crisis situations
  • Bonus points for: knowledge of diesel mechanics, facility with databases (we use UltraCamp), experience with PR, experience with Mailchimp and WordPress, experience with backpacking, working with teens, and theatre – especially as a stage manager.

Assists the Head of Kitchen in managing a small team of kitchen staff in daily food-related duties preparing and serving meals for 100 campers and staff daily.  Oversees kitchen on Head of Kitchen’s day off.  Crafts opportunities for campers (ages 10-18) to participate in food prep and clean up in an enjoyable way.  Our kitchen staff are fully integrated into the Traveling Players community and participate in the larger camp culture.  Salary: $400-$600/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Primary duties include:

  • Help to manage a kitchen staff team in daily food-related duties
  • Assist the Head of Kitchen as directed
  • Preparation, serving, and clean-up of all meals.
  • Maintain the kitchen according to health, safety, and sanitary standards, including proper storage and serving.
  • Accommodate special dietary requirements as reasonable.
  • All of our kitchen staff are part of the camp community

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Kitchen experience (2+ years)
  • Experience with food allergies and dietary restrictions (we have a significant number of vegetarian students & staff)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with children age 10-18
  • Desire to be fully integrated into all-camp community activities
  • Current ServSafe certification a bonus, as well as a clean license and reliable vehicle

Works with a team to complete daily food-related duties preparing and serving meals for 100 campers and staff daily.  Enables campers (ages 10-18) to participate in food prep and clean up in an enjoyable way.  Our kitchen staff are fully integrated into the Traveling Players community and participate in the larger camp culture.  Salary: $180-$300/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Primary duties include:

  • Assist the Head of Kitchen and Assistant Head of Kitchen as directed
  • Lead the camp community in getting involved with cooking and cleaning
  • Preparation, serving, and clean-up of all meals.
  • Maintain the kitchen according to health, safety, and sanitary standards, including proper storage and serving.
  • Accommodate special dietary requirements as reasonable.

 

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Kitchen experience (1 year+)
  • Experience with food allergies and dietary restrictions (we have a significant number of vegetarian students & staff)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with children age 10-18
  • Desire to be fully integrated into all-camp community activities
  • Current ServSafe certification a bonus, as well as a clean license and reliable vehicle

Works closely with the Founder/Producing Artistic Director and the Program & Production Manager to maintain the physical, mental, social and emotional health of our camp community. Salary: $750-$850/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. If you have a theatrical child, we might be able to include them as a camper if they are in grades 5-8. If this this of interest, please mention it in your cover letter.

We are looking for friendly healthcare providers with excellent skills, positive energy, and the desire to be part of our creative camp community! Candidates for this position should have pediatric experience, patience, a love of outdoors, and strong multi-tasking talents. RN or NP/PA (new grads welcome).

Primary duties include:

  • Oversee the medical needs, health, and wellness of approximately 65 campers and 35 staff per session
  • Lead planning and implementation of camper intake (lice check, COVID-19 symptom screening, medication check-in, etc.
  • Help develop procedures for dealing with health at camp, including a contagious diseases protocol for the mitigation of COVID-19.
  • Daily assessment, prevention, and treatment of camper and staff health issues including illness, first aid, and injuries
  • Daily distribution of prescription and over the counter medications
  • Maintaining accurate health logs, camper medical records, and medical forms
  • Facilitate COVID testing and contact tracing when/if needed
  • Communicate with parents, campers, and staff as needed in an empathetic, professional manner
  • Maintain and restock an inventory of over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • RN, NP, or PA currently licensed to practice in the state of Virginia
  • Experience working with pre-teens and teens (ages 10-18)
  • Experience providing care in a school and/or camp setting
  • Familiarity with mental health screenings and mental health care (particularly in pediatric context).
  • Bonus points if able to teach American Red Cross Community First Aid to staff.
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Transportation

(COVID-19 update: not relevant)

Traveling Players provides daily transportation and performance tours, requiring some positions to acquire a commercial driver’s license (CDL).  Training for CDL is provided for free; all DMV expenses are covered, too.  As we are a touring theatre company, our bus drivers are the heart of our company.  Preference is given to candidates who can safely drive our purple buses.

Compensation for CDL drivers will increase pay by $150-250/week.

All applicants are eligible (above the age of 21). 

Internship Opportunities

Marketing Intern: assists artistic director in re-writing program descriptions, revising website, placing ads, writing press releases and reviewing marketing plan and presenting recommendations.

Program Manager Intern: assists artistic director by serving as registrar for arts education programs, human resources for summer personnel and assisting in marketing programs by responding to inquires and attending publicity events.

Commitment: 2-3 days/week (24 hours max/week); occasional evening or weekend hours.  Ideal candidate will be an arts management student; detail-oriented, highly organized, able to multi-task, initiate and collaborate; possess strong communication skills; have some experience in specific field and have a reliable vehicle (no public transportation available).

Compensation: Unpaid; however, TPE can supervise your work for internship or college credit.  TPE is a growing organization and internships can lead to future employment (we’ve hired interns before!)