Summer Camp Programs 2021

Residential Summer Theatre Programs

Award-winning summer theatre camps & acting conservatories for kids, tweens, and teens.

Traveling Players offers a range of summer camp programs for beginning actors all the way up to pre-college Shakespeare performance training.

There are a lot of different ensembles at Traveling Players, and we want to help you find the best fit!

Small by Design, Awarded for Excellence

Small ensembles led by expert faculty rehearse and perform outdoors. This allows our actors to create a meaningful relationship with nature. Campouts and hiking trips teach students Leave No Trace camping techniques, to pitch tents and cook outdoors. As artists and backpackers, campers learn self-reliance and creative problem solving, and gain an appreciation of challenges and beauty.

Each session culminates in a professionally staged and designed performance which performs in beautiful outdoor amphitheaters, thereby cultivating stronger, more adaptable and capable artists and individuals.

summer camp for middle school

Elementary & Middle School

Current 4TH – 8th graders

2 weeks
Current 4th – 6th graders
Auditioned & non-auditioned programs available.

Our Mythology Ensemble takes on the world’s greatest myths in this two week summer camp for the young actor. Mythology campers receive expert training in acting and movement performing original plays inspired by the worlds’ oldest stories. Complete with fun-filled rehearsals, daily classes and special activities, the Mythology Ensemble is the perfect introduction to Traveling Players.
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3 weeks
Current 6th – 8th graders
Auditioned & non-auditioned programs available.

Our Thespian Ensemble is perfect for the middle school actor. In just three weeks, Thespians receive expert training in acting, physical comedy and improv. Campers who are looking to stretch their acting chops can audition for the advanced Bards ensemble, which is ideal for the eager performer looking to work at a faster pace.
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High School

Current 8th – 12th graders

3 weeks
Current 8th – 12th graders
By audition only.

In just three weeks, the Shakespeare Ensemble produces a 75 minute, professionally directed and designed production of one of the Bard’s greatest works. Students receive expert training in acting, performing Shakespeare, and stage combat, cumulating in a professionally designed and directed performance.
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3 weeks
Current 8th – 12th graders
By audition only.

This nationally unique program offers expert training in Commedia Dell’Arte, an Italian style of improv that originated during the renaissance and whose influence can be seen in everything from Shakespeare to Abbot & Costello. In 3 weeks the Commedia Ensemble creates an original improvised play based off a classic fairytale. Students receive expert training in improvisation, stage combat, acrobatics, and masked theatre, cumulating in a professionally directed and designed performance.
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3 weeks or 6 weeks
Current 8th – 12th graders
By interview only.

Experience a professional-level performance 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, and work to produce one of the other high school ensembles.
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6 weeks
Current 9th – 12th graders
By audition only.

Experience a professional-level performance while still in high school with this rigorous six week summer theatre conservatory program. The Shakespeare Troupe rehearses a full-length professionally directed and designed Shakespeare play. Students receive in depth acting training in addition to expert training in movement, stage combat, text analysis and Performing Shakespeare.
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My kids (now teens) participated in many drama programs throughout the DC/MD/VA area and Traveling Players Ensemble is by far the best experience either of them has had. It’s such a unique program, combining outdoor skills (which they certainly wouldn’t learn from me) with classical theatre training in a truly collaborative environment. The staff are all highly trained classical actors who return year after year. My kids have never worked as hard at anything as they do here; they love it!

— Parent

Listen to Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison talk about what makes Traveling Players Ensemble a unique experience!