Traveling Players Ensemble

Frequently Asked Questions



Commedia Actors at Douthat State Park

  • Where are you located?

    Traveling Players camp is in residence at the Madeira School in McLean, VA.  Our Thursday campouts take place at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia.  Read more about our Camp Locations.
  • What are your hours?

    Camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm every weekday.  In addition, for every camp except our Acting Sampler Weeks, every Thursday night features a campout: students camp overnight at Lake Fairfax and leave for home at 4 pm on Friday.  We host three performance festivals on Friday, July 21st; Friday, August 11th; and Friday, August  18th.  On those days, campers should expect to remain through the evening.
  • At what age can my child enroll?

    We offer programs for 3rd through 12th graders.
  • Do your programs require an audition?

    Most programs do not require an audition.  Only our longer and more advanced programs, Traveling Troupe and Commedia Troupe, require an audition.
  • How can my kids get to camp?

    Traveling Players operates purple buses that run throughout the DC Metro area.  You can find the bus stop closest to you here.  There is no additional charge for bus service.  Families living close to The Madeira School are welcome to drop their kids at camp as well.
  • Are you an overnight camp?

    No.  While we do have a weekly overnight on Thursdays, campers will return home on most days.  Campers from out of town will need regular housing during their season with us.
  • How many weeks is a session at camp?

    The majority of our campers come for 4 week sessions; in our opinion, this is the minimum time required to effectively rehearse a play.  However, we do offer several shorter mini-camps, as well as advanced camps that run longer than 4 weeks.  You can see all of our ensembles’ lengths and learn more about each of them.
  • What is an ensemble?

    Ensemble theatre forms the backbone of the Traveling Players philosophy. Learn more about what that means!
  • Do you provide meals?

    On regular days, campers should bring a lunch with them.  On the Thursday night campouts, we provide snacks, dinner, and breakfast.  We also provide the majority of meals on the longer tours; see the individual programs for details.
  • What should my child bring to camp?

    You can find out what to bring to camp here.  Please note that Traveling Players provides tents; your child will not need his or her own tent.
  • What is your camp’s staff-to-student ratio?

    We offer a remarkable staff-to-student ration of 1:4. Learn more about our staff!
  • What is your camp’s student retention rate?

    Our overall camper retention rate is approximately 70%.
  • Do you take the campers swimming?

    We go swimming every Friday afternoon in the swimming pool at the nearby Spring Hill RECenter.  In addition to our own staff, Spring Hill RECenter employs certified lifeguards.  High School programs also have opportunities to go swimming while on tour, supervised by the TPE staff.
  • What does my tuition pay for?

    Traveling Players Ensemble offers high-value programs at competitive costs.  You can see what your tuition pays for here.
  • Is my tuition refundable?

    If you find you cannot join us, and choose to withdraw your child from any TPE program after registering, TPE will fully refund your payments before April 15th, except for the following non-refundable amounts: Traveling and Commedia Troupes, $2000; High School and Middle School Ensembles, $500; Mythology Ensemble, $200. After April 15th, all payments for TPE programs are non-refundable.