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Traveling Players Ensemble

offers award-winning theatre training, camps, and classes for child, tween and teen actors in the DC area.

From our drama summer camps to our pre-college theater conservatories, we bring out the best in every performer – on stage and off – with our holistic approach, which integrates acting workshops with imagination and joy.  Our elementary, middle, and high school actors take classes all year and perform in our professionally directed and designed productions.

Exceptional Faculty
Personalized Attention
Innovative Training

Acting created a place for me to express myself and to feel like people are listening — and being at Traveling Players made me feel as if I was worth listening to. It’s a wonderful feeling.

— Camper

Jeanne Harrison, Founder & Producing Artistic Director, discusses the importance of arts education.

Traveling Players Ensemble won the 2021 ArtsFairfax Arts Education Award.

A transformative experience! 

My son and daughter have attended Traveling Players programs for many years.  It is the most important activity in both of their lives.

The instruction in classical theatre is incomparable.  The outdoor skills and experiences are phenomenal.

And the friendships and close, supportive community of kids are priceless.  Go!

— Parent

Traveling Players Ensemble believes in...

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.

As stated in a 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.

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.

Each year that our daughter has attended a Traveling Players program (3 summers and 2 winters), I have been so impressed not only by the wonderful and professional nature of the programs, but by the genuine camaraderie developed between the cast and the directors. No other program or experience has been more challenging or meaningful for my daughter. Thank you!

— Parent