Technical Theatre

Technical Theatre

Experience a professional-level performance tour while still in high school with this rigorous Technical Theatre Apprenticeship. Technical Theatre apprentices concentrate on the scene shop, costume shop, or learn the elements of stage management. Technical apprentices receive individualized, hands-on training in all aspects of construction and production for outdoor theatre, before joining either or Shakespeare Ensemble or Shakespeare Troupe and performing in beautiful outdoor theatres throughout Virginia.

The National Endowment for the Arts identified Traveling Players as offering challenges unlike any other pre-college theatre program in the nation. A fully-immersive experience, these elite high school apprentices return from tour with a new level of artistry, confidence, leadership, and independence.

For current 8th – 12th graders

Shakespeare Ensemble

Join the ensemble for one of two sessions of our Shakespeare Ensemble!

For current 8th – 12th graders

By interview only.

  • Session 1: June 24 – July 19
  • Session 2: July 22 – August 16

By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains artists who are bold, resourceful, and skilled. Tour is demanding — and no two venues are ever quite the same. Hence, a summer at Traveling Players trains you to work across disciplines and in multiple roles.

Traveling Players summer programs offer expert training in sewing, painting, prop construction, sound and light board operation, and production management. In addition to their work in the shops, technical apprentices join performers in daily classes taught by our talented faculty in subjects that help round out the campers as artists and as students.

Shakespeare is at his best when writing the romances, and he only wrote 4 of them.  We’re doing two of them this summer!  The Tempest takes place on an isolated island where human nature becomes as wild as the environment — with a ship wreck, a mighty magician, two innocent lovers, a monster, and plenty of spirits, drunken jesters, and murderers.  Characters battle the elements and their emotions, but the calm after this raging storm bestows love, forgiveness and peace.

In your final last week, you’ll load up a purple bus with your props, set, costumes, faculty and head off for an unforgettable three-day tour to do Shakespeare in the Park in Shenandoah National Park!  You’ll perform twice at Skyland Amphitheater, camp out along the Appalachian Trail, and enjoy a day hike to go swimming by an awesome waterfall. All this before returning for a final performance festival for family and friends!

Our ensemble culture creates friendships that last a lifetime. Our program is transformative and holistic, creating stronger artists 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.

All-Inclusive Tuition: $3050 when you register for an interview before Feb. 11 at midnight.

  • ($3,250 after the Early Bird flies away)
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Shakespeare Troupe

Join the ensemble for our rigorous seven week program, Shakespeare Troupe!

For current 9th – 12th graders

By interview only.  

  • Program Dates: June 24 – August 10
  • On Tour: July 29 – August 10

By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains artists who are bold, resourceful, and skilled. Tour is demanding — and no two venues are ever quite the same. Hence, a summer at Traveling Players trains you to work across disciplines and in multiple roles.

Traveling Players summer programs offer expert training in sewing, painting, prop construction, sound and light board operation, and production management. In addition to their work in the shops, technical apprentices join performers in daily classes taught by our talented faculty in subjects that help round out the campers as artists and as students.

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 Troupe takes their show on the road for a two week performance tour, performing eight times in beautiful outdoor theaters throughout Virginia. Along the way, you’ll go camping, hiking, and exploring.  All this before returning for a final performance festival for family and friends!

Our ensemble-building exercises create friendships that last a lifetime. Our program is holistic and transformative. Time spent in community outdoors, either on our weekly camp out or 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 for looking after him…way above and beyond. Thank you.

– Parent

All-Inclusive Tuition: $5,700 when you register for an interview before Feb. 11 at midnight.

  • ($5,950 after the Early Bird flies away)
TUITION INCLUDES:

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When our daughter did the sound for a local theater production, many of the group from last summer at TPE went to provide moral support and appreciate the technical aspects of the production, a level of maturity and insight beyond her public school circle.

– Parent

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