Traveling Players Ensemble

Featured in 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy!


Traveling Players Ensemble is honored to announce its selection for the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region’s best community-based charities. This award reflects Traveling Players’ status as a highly effective local charity, working with children and adolescents to enhance self-expression, self-reliance, problem-solving skills, and heighten an appreciation of both challenges and beauty by bringing great theatre into the great outdoors.

Traveling Players Ensemble was selected for the 13th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $28 million for featured nonprofits.

The Catalogue’s vetting process is rigorous: members of a 125-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness and each featured charity is visited on-site by at least one member of the review team.

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. “The Washington, DC region ranks third in wealth disparity in the nation – having one of the most affluent (and well-educated) populations in the country, and also one of the poorest. We are in a unique position to help our neighbors by connecting donors and volunteers to worthy, local nonprofits working to strengthen the D.C. region. The Catalogue makes it easy to learn about community needs and to help meet them.”

In November, 25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue. Learn more about Traveling Players Ensemble here:

Traveling Players is an educational theatre company which offers summer day camps for rising 4th through 12th graders, where they work in small ensembles (up to 13 performers) to rehearse a play under the direction of experienced theatre professionals. Travleing Plaeyrs award-winning summer cmap begins next week, in residence at Lake Farifax Park in Reston, VA. Selected spaces are still available.

The camp has previously been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by being selected as one of 25 of the nation’s “Summer School in the Arts.” Featured twice on WAMU’s Metro connection, the camp has also been named the #1 arts camp in the nation by and called a “little-known gem for the budding actor” by The Washington Post.

“Traveling Players is truly honored to be selected for the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy,” says Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison. “Artistic creation and exploration are crucial to adolescents’ growth and identity, and we strive to provide a safe, fun space for children to build lifelong skills. We hope that our inclusion in the Catalogue will allow us to take our mission even further and share the community-creating power of live theatre with more kids every year.”