Shakespeare Troupe

Our Shakespeare Troupe is more than a camp...

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... it’s a pre-professional summer acting conservatory, perfect as pre-college theatre training for high school drama students. And memories for a lifetime!

Experience a professional-level performance tour while still in high school with this rigorous seven week summer theatre conservatory program.  The Shakespeare Troupe rehearses a full-length professionally directed and designed Shakespeare play.  They take their show on the road for a two week performance tour, performing eight times in beautiful outdoor theaters throughout Virginia.

The National Endowment for the Arts identified Shakespeare Troupe as offering challenges unlike any other pre-college theatre program in the nation.  This immersive and holistic experience allows elite high school actors to return from their performance tour with a new level of artistry, confidence, leadership, and independence.

By audition only. For current 9th – 12th graders.

(formerly known as Traveling Troupe) 

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Shakespeare Troupe is strictly limited to 13 performers. We recommend registering for the earliest audition that you’re available for.


but limited space remains in Shakespeare Ensemble!

Audition Dates: 
  • January 20th, 10:00 am — 3:00 pm (sign up for the January audition to claim the Early Bird Discount!)
  • February 17th, 10:00 am — 3:00 pm
  • March 28th, 10:00 am — 1:30 pm (online via ZOOM)
  • May 2nd, 10:00 am — 1:30 pm (online via ZOOM)
  • May 30th, 10:00 am — 1:30 pm (online via ZOOM)
  • June 6th, 1:00pm — 4:00pm (online via ZOOM)
Program Dates:
  • June 22 – August 8  (seven weeks)

Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison draws on her 31 years as a director and acting teacher to bring out the best in every performer, coalescing them into a powerful, supportive ensemble capable of telling the world’s greatest stories.

We have been going to see Shakespeare shows at festivals where, in addition to a regular cast, they also have Equity actors perform. Your kids did as good of a job as we have ever seen — we were totally blown away. My husband could not believe that your kids were high school kids and not college kids.

– Audience Member

By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains performers who are bold, resourceful, and skilled. If you can act Shakespeare, then you can act anything. Classical acting is demanding — and remains foundational to all modern acting technique. Hence, a summer at Traveling Players trains you to act not just anything, but anywhere. All the world’s a stage!

Traveling Players summer programs offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. A typical day includes intensive rehearsals in addition to classes taught by expert faculty, expanding each performers skill set.

The audition will take place at the Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center – lower level by Lord & Taylor.  Please prepare a Shakespearean monologue of your choice (min. 14 lines).  Wear comfortable clothes so you can move around.  Auditions will include some improvisational games as well as cold readings from the play.  Please familiarize yourself with the plot and characters.  Bring a bagged lunch!

All accepted actors must attend a mandatory casting audition on May 16th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. You don’t need to prepare anything for this one. Come as you are!

Questions About Auditioning?

This summer, the Shakespeare Troupe will perform Cymbeline, one of the Bard’s rarest and most underrated plays.  Peek into the dysfunctional family of Princess Innogen, as she fights her parents to marry Posthumous for love.

One of Shakespeare’s four romances, sometimes classified as a tragicomedy, this play is a whirlwind of events — complete with war, slander, mistaken identity, beheading, and a final “recognition scene to end all recognition scenes” that keeps audiences and actors alike gasping through to the final reunions.  Cymbeline is intense, physical, sweet, horrifying, and utterly surprising.

Shakespeare is at his best when writing the romances, and he only wrote four of them. We’re doing two this summer! Check out our four-week touring program, performing The Tempest.

You take your show on the road for a 2 week performance tour, performing 8 times in beautiful outdoor theaters throughout Virginia. Along the way, you’ll go camping, hiking, and exploring.  All this before returning for your final performance festival for family and friends!

Our ensemble culture creates friendships that last a lifetime. Our program is holistic and transformative, creating stronger performers on stage and off. Time spent in community outdoors, on our weekly camp out and on tour, allows students to unplug and decompress from the modern world.

He was very happy when I picked him up yesterday and full of stories of adventure, teamwork, and personal growth. Words can’t express how grateful I am to you… way above and beyond. Thank you.

– Parent

I had no idea that Traveling Players would be one the most interesting lines on my resume that every college interviewer asked me a question about.

⁠⁠— Former Student & Faculty

While not all of our alumni pursue theatre professionally, those that do have found great success. Our students have attended Brown, Harvard, Yale, Emerson, Muhlenberg, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, among other colleges, often receiving artistic awards and/or scholarships. Our alumni are currently working with the SITI Company, Trinity Rep, Shakespeare & Company and Cal Shakes.

My ability to take on big projects, deal with time constraints, work in groups, take positions of leadership, and improvise new solutions under difficult circumstances are all part of what I learned at Traveling Players.  They have allowed me to follow my passions in all directions–political, activist, artistic, charitable and personal–and they have made me a more flexible and resilient person.

⁠— Former Student & Faculty

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All-Inclusive Tuition: $5,950    $5600 (digital program)


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300 people auditioned. 22 people were cast. My son, who was a Traveling Players student for many years, will make his Muhlenberg Mainstage debut this November in the Greek tragedy Agamemnon.  He is one of only a very few freshmen to be cast in any of the school’s Mainstage productions.

– Parent

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