Traveling Players Ensemble - Great Theatre in the Great Outdoors
Macbeth at Colonial WilliamsburgGreat Theatre in the Great OutdoorsMiddle School actors performing in clown nose!Acting ShakespeareMiddle School Ensemble for rising 6th - 9th gradersFully Costumed PerformancesA Commedia actor posing as CapitanoClassical Drama by many playwrights

Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as a 2007 Summer School for the Arts – one of 25 in the nation!

Great Theatre…

Traveling Players Ensemble’s summer camp provides intensive, classical theatre training to small troupes of teen and pre-teen actors who are carefully guided by professional theatre artists to perform in outdoor settings. Our program reflects the origins of theatre, when troupes of actors roamed the ancient and medieval countryside, relying on the barest props and boldest imagination to convey their art. Each session culminates in a fully mounted and designed performance which tours to several locations, cultivating stronger, more adaptable and capable artists and individuals.

…in  the Great Outdoors

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, pitching tents and cooking outdoors. In their final week, teens tour their show and camp close to their performance sites – giving them the experience of wandering entertainers who carry their dinner, tent and props in their trusty pack. As artists and backpackers, campers learn self-reliance, creative problem solving, and to appreciate challenges and beauty.

Learn about our ensembles.

What Sets us Apart:

  • 1:4 Staff to Camper Ratio
  • Small Ensembles (13 max.)
  • Expert Instruction
  • Rehearse and perform a Full Show
  • Full costume and sets by professional designers
  • Transportation Included in Tuition
  • Tour to Perform (2 to 14 days!)
  • Weekly Camp-outs
  • Daily Acting Classes
  • Ensemble Training brings out the best in each camper

What’s Coming Up:

Audition for Commedia Troupe Feb 15

Audition for Traveling Troupe Feb 16

TPE Believes In

  • Great Theatre ...

    Artistic creation is fundamental to forming one's identity, especially for teens in their unique and complex transition between childhood and adulthood. We give teens a safe space to explore themselves through artistic expression.
  • the Great Outdoors

    As stated in a 2007 Washington Post article featuring Traveling Players as a camp that meaningfully addresses ‘nature-deficit disorder’, “Many kids' first spiritual encounters take place in nature, where they discover something larger than themselves." Therefore, Traveling Players links theatre to nature by working outdoors and favoring plays with nature themes. With weekly overnights and outdoor rehearsals, TPE builds confidence and respect for the outdoors through Leave No Trace camping ethics.
  • Bringing out the Best in Every Child

    An ensemble (13) provides an ideal structure for fostering creativity and a sense of community, ensuring personalized attention and significant growth as an artist and individual. By keeping our casts small, TPE is able to provide individualized instruction and an enviable staff-to-student ratio of 1:4.

What do people say about us?

  • [He] was always talking about subject matter he'd been exposed to in the camp. He really benefited from the approach presented for building a character. He has struggled with fiction subject matter in the past but this camp's approach really worked for him."
    Parent, 2014
  • TPE is like a family for her - she feels loved and accepted and has learned amazing values and practices that inform not only her life on stage but her life, period. We really appreciate all that everyone at TPE does to maintain the core mission of the program as it grows and develops and to put it to practice in every part of the program, not just the stage pieces."

    Parent, 2012 - 2014
  • I had no idea Shakespearean language could roll off her tongue like that. I don't think she had that ability when she started at camp.
    Parent, 2014
  • I honestly feel I learned more about acting from one summer with Traveling Players than from my performing arts middle school years."
    Scholarship Camper, 2012 - 2014
  • He is absolutely fearless in the classroom and on the page; he did not show this kind of ability or confidence in English classes before coming to Traveling Players."
    Scholarship Parent, 2006 - 2009
  • He has learned to think, trust, [and] challenge himself...My son has learned these things from Traveling Players Ensemble."
    Scholarship Parent, 2006 - 2009
  • Traveling Players was the turning point in my training and direction as an actor."
    Scholarship Camper, 2007 - 2008
  • Traveling Players Ensemble has become such a fundamental institution in my life.  The camp...touched my life beyond the limits of simply performance to benefit me in my academic [and my] literary abilities."
    Scholarship Camper, 2006 - 2009
  • TPE takes all that teenaged energy and angst and produces something wonderful."
    Audience Member, 2006
  • The director at TPE took the time to work with the non-speaking actors and turn their slapstick routine into a highlight of the show. My son has had other small roles since, and has never complained; he just immediately pitches in and makes the role his own - and that gets noticed."
    Parent, 2005 - 2009
  • Just days after TPE ended my friends and family noticed me being happier, volunteering more, and being more helpful. I adopted an attitude of helping anyone having trouble."
    Camper, 2008 - 2009
  • He has become a better writer, in part because he has learned to really listen to language and think about the written and spoken word."
    Scholarship Parent, 2006 - 2009
  • I suspect it will become a lifelong friendship with William Shakespeare."
    Parent, 2007 - 2009
  • I was growing and maturing, much like the forest that surrounded me, only I was developing into a better actor and a better person."
    Scholarship Camper, 2004 - 2007
  • Traveling Players introduced the idea to me that acting is not just a way of expression for the actor, but rather a way of healing the audience and telling them a story that really touches them."
    Scholarship Camper, 2005 - 2009
  • I am certain that TPE has unlocked the actor that I am today and laid the foundation for the actor I will one day become. I am not sure if TPE changed who I am, or if it just showed me what I am capable of. I have immense respect for the environment, the artistic process, and the courageous dedication it takes to follow one's dream and passion."
    Scholarship Camper, 2004 - 2007
  • I knew I could handle the outdoors, but I didn't know how passionate I would become about it."
    Camper, 2004 -2008
  • "My son has participated in TPE only because of the financial scholarships he has received since the first year. He has been an individual in search of an artistic and an intellectual home, and a young person in search of a community of peers and friends - he has found all of these things in TPE. This resource has been available to him only because I as a parent have had the confidence and support of year to year, and throughout the year, financial assistance."
    Scholarship Parent, 2006 - 2009
  • "At TPE I made family, not friends."
    Camper, 2006 - 2009
  • "In addition to great theatre and training, Traveling Players provides a family of sorts for the kids, where all are welcomed and all belong, and as such, it is incredibly special."
    Parent, 2005 - 2009
  • "By the start of our two-week tour, we were a well-oiled machine. We developed an ability to anticipate each other's movements and needs."
    Camper, 2004 - 2008
  • "The actors really do work cooperatively and not competitively. My daughter always spoke highly of the other actors and never felt that she was in competition with them."
    Parent, 2005 - 2008
  • "I have respect for my own abilities and those of my fellows, and I have confidence in my ability to reach my goals, and to help others to do so as well. These are things I have learned through Traveling Players, and hope to keep learning for more years to come."
    Scholarship Camper, 2006 - 2009
  • "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, 2007 - 2009
  • "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, 2006
  • "We picked up the scripts to get going and I felt the rhythm in Shakespeare, the humor in Shakespeare. I loved him right away. Who says you can't like older men? And then, in our parts we found the extra corners of the play together until we had the whole map."
    Camper, 2007 - 2009
  • "If you are just looking for a part in a play these classes and camps are not for you. TPE is for the serious budding actor/actress that loves the craft."
    Parent, 2007 - 2009
  • "My growth as an actor was immediately evident when I returned to school. Several of my fellow student-actors approached me in amazement over my newfound acting abilities. When they asked me how I had improved so much, I realized that I was experiencing the result of a second summer spent with TPE. I am positive that these abilities will assist me in the future whenever I need to make any form of presentation, analyze and examine literature, or apply my creativity to any purpose."
    Scholarship Camper, 2004 - 2007
  • "TPE has opened up the world of Shakespeare to my daughter. Her experience has elevated her self-confidence, enhanced the clarity and pitch of her voice, and helped her develop into a fine character actress."
    Parent, 2005 - 2009
  • "My growth as an actor was immediately evident when I returned to school. Several of my fellow student-actors approached me in amazement over my newfound acting abilities. When they asked me how I had improved so much, I realized that I was experiencing the result of a second summer spent with TPE. I am positive that these abilities will assist me in the future whenever I need to make any form of presentation, analyze and examine literature, or apply my creativity to any purpose." - Scholarship Camper, 2004 - 2007
    Scholarship Camper, 2004-2007
  • "Putting together a full-length Shakespeare play in a few short weeks requires commitment from all of the members of the cast. The work ethic that I learned from Traveling Players helped me to success in high school and now in college." - Camper, 2004 - 2008
    Camper, 2004 - 2008