D&D Improv [Dramatists]

D&D Improv: Dramatists

Harness the popular role-playing game D&D to form a new kind of ensemble: the Adventuring Improv Party!  Instead of retelling an already-existing story, we customize each adventure for maximum creativity and theatrical challenge! 

Actors will create bold characters, overcome obstacles, and make strategic and innovative choices on the spot as they use long-form improvisation as a storytelling tool. 

Each class will feed into the next, in an ongoing original story that encourages actors to work together both as characters and as collaborators designing an expansive story — their own epic adventure!

Session 1: The Adventure Begins!

  • Times: Saturday nights! 6:30-8:30 pm.
    • (please note – 1.5 hours earlier than the timing of the fall sessions!)
  • Dates: January 9 – January 30
  • Tuition: $120 ($140 after the Early Bird Discount flies away November 23 at midnight)

Session 2: The Adventure Continues!

  • Times: Saturday nights! 6:30-8:30 pm.
    • (please note – 1.5 hours earlier than the timing of the fall sessions!)
  • Dates: February 6 – March 13
  • Tuition: $175 ($210 after the Early Bird Discount flies away November 23 at midnight)

Tuition Notes:

  • Any gift card balance from Summer 2020 counts towards this class! You can check your balance at any time here.
  • If it’s your first D&D Improv class, you get 6 purple dice in a hand-crafted pouch, mailed directly to your house!
  • Information on Scholarships

Narrators: Jeffrey Robb and Caroline Woodson

Class Size: 6 adventurers (if we get 2 groups, they will compete together — similar to Revels this summer!)

6th and 9th graders have choices at Traveling Players! You can choose to either age up into an older age group, or stay and be a leader in the younger age group – either way you’re sure to have a ton of fun!

Current 6th Graders

  • If you’re new to theatre, or you just finished the Acting Sampler Week or the Mythology Ensemble, we recommended that you stay in the 4th– 6th grade program. Most of your friends from the summer will be here and you will work with many of the amazing teachers you already know and love.
  • If you’re looking for a new challenge, or if you were a part of the Thespian Ensemble we recommend that you join our 6th-9th grade program.

Current 9th Graders

  • If you’re new to theatre, or if you just finished our Thespian Ensemble, we recommended that you stay in the 6th-9th grade program. Most of your friends from the summer will be here, and you will work with many of the amazing teachers you already know and love.
  • If you’re looking for a new challenge, or if you were a part of the Shakespeare Ensemble, we recommend that you join our 9th-12th grade program.

If you have any questions about which program would be perfect for you please call (703-987-1712) or email (campdirector@travelingplayers.org) us and we will be more than happy to help you find the best fit!

What’s a Pod? To fight the social isolation kids are feeling right now, some parents are choosing to “take camp” with another family. Both kids would be at one house with their laptops and headphones, either inside or outside. During breaks, they could kick a soccer ball, eat brownies, walk the dog, or help each other memorize lines. They could be at the same house all the time, alternate houses, or only Pod certain days of the week. We’re calling these extended families “Pods!”

Form a Pod! If you’re interested, just let us know (campdirector@travelingplayers.org) and we’ll connect you to another family who is similarly interested. Then you can discover if you are both comfortable with the level of exposure in relation to coronavirus, if you live close to each other, and other logistics. We recommend keeping your Pod tight and consistent, and taking appropriate precautions as outlined by the CDC.

Separate Studios: Already have two or more campers in your home? Congrats! You already have a Pod! If the campers are in different ensembles, then they should each have a Studio of their own (separate rooms, trading off with one person working inside and the other outside). If campers are in the same ensemble, than they can work in the same room but each camper should wear wireless headphones to avoid feedback while still allowing the campers freedom of movement.

I was having a tough time before camp — my friends weren’t talking to me, I was totally disconnected. Then I came [to Traveling Players…] I don’t know how I made connections over a Zoom room, but I have, and I love how this has taught me how an ensemble and how a community works.

— Summer Camp 2020 Student