Summer Camp Programs & Themes for 2019

Traveling Players
Summer Camp

Great Theatre in the Great Outdoors!

At Traveling Players Ensemble’s award-winning summer camp, small troupes of actors are carefully guided by professional theatre artists to perform in outdoor amphitheaters.

Traveling Players offers a range of programs for campers between 3rd – 12th grade, from one week beginner actor training all the way up to advanced, intensive acting training in our 5- and 7-week summer day camp programs with a weekly overnight and a professional-level tour.

Take the show on the road!

Each session culminates in a fully staged and designed performance which tours to several locations, thereby cultivating stronger, more adaptable and capable artists and individuals.

great theatre
in the great outdoors
with daily transporation

What makes Traveling Players different?

Traveling Players emphasizes a meaningful engagement with nature. Our unique day camp (Monday-Friday) features a campout every Thursday—when performers learn 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.

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All programs include daily transportation and classes

We offer scholarships!

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Elementary & Middle School

Current 3rd – 8th graders

1 Week
Current 3rd – 5th graders
A one-week program with a little bit of everything, including: improvisation, acting, Shakespeare, stage combat, mask and outdoor fun.  Includes an evening  showcase performance for family, plus a campfire with s’mores.  Great as an introduction to Traveling Players, or as a warm-up for the full two- or four-week session. Camp Details >>

2 Weeks
Current 4th – 6th graders

Perform a short play based on world mythology, using words, movement, and music to tell your story.  A perfect introduction to Traveling Players: an inclusive, fun environment for newcomers, with challenging roles for more experienced actors.  Two overnights plus a mini-tour to perform publicly, including an appearance at our final festival! Camp Details >>

4 Weeks
Current 5th – 8th graders

Rehearse and perform a full play, and then take it on tour!  Great for kids who want the full Traveling Players experience.  Four performances for area camps, libraries, scouts, and children’s hospitals – culminating in a public festival.  Campers wishing to perform in two different productions can register for both sessions. Camp Details >>

You’ve got options!

We call this your Choice Year, because you have lots of choices.  Visit this page for help in sorting them out.

High School

Current 8th – 12th graders

4 Weeks; 3 Days on tour
Current 8th – 12th graders

Perform “Shakespeare in the Park” at Shenandoah National Park’s Skyland Amphitheater.  Backpack off the Appalachian Trail!  A three-day tour features hiking, swimming, and four performances, including a final festival.  A great introduction to Shakespeare, with lots of rich challenges for experienced actors. Camp Details >>

4 Weeks; 3 Days on tour
or 7 Weeks, 13 Days on tour (by interview only)
Current 8th – 12th graders

Work on props, sets, and costumes alongside professional designers and craftspeople.  Go on tour with the High School Ensemble to Shenandoah National Park, or interview to be included in Traveling Troupe’s 2-week tour!

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5 Weeks; 9 Days on tour
Current 8th – 12th graders
Create an original play in four weeks, using the traditional masks, storylines, and improvisational techniques of Commedia dell’Arte.  Tour your masterpiece for one week by bus and backpack, presenting seven performances.  An advanced option, perfect for budding clowns, acrobats, movers, and comedians, or any actor seeking an experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the DC area.  By audition onlyCamp Details >>

7 Weeks; 13 Days on tour
Current 9th – 12th graders
Experience a professional-level tour while still in high school: five weeks of rehearsal followed by an optional two-week tour by bus and backpack!  Performances include: “Shakespeare in the Park” in the gorgeous Lime Kiln Amphitheater, and Colonial Williamsburg, site of the Colonies’ first theater. The tour includes outdoor fun: swimming, white water rafting, hiking, and a day exploring Colonial Williamsburg.  By audition only. Camp Details >>

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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!