About Us

Our Mission

to enhance self-expression, self-reliance, problem-solving skills, and heighten appreciation for life’s challenges and beauty by bringing great theatre into the great outdoors. 


Our Guiding Beliefs

Artistic Creation

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


An ensemble (13 actors) 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, Traveling Players is able to provide individualized instruction and an enviable 4:1 student-faculty ratio.


As stated in a 2007 Washington Post article about Traveling Players, “Many kids’ first spiritual encounters take place in nature, where they discover something larger than themselves.” Therefore, we link theatrical work to nature by rehearsing and performing outdoors and by emphasizing nature themes in the plays we produce.

Awards & Accolades

Traveling Players

  • Arts Education Award, 2020-21 Winner, ArtsFairfax
  • Over 760 performances, 50% donated
  • Served over 8,000 campers
  • Awarded over $345,000 in Financial Aid
  • Two Traveling Players-commissioned mythology plays by Judith Walsh White have been professionally published, listing our campers as the Original Cast
  • Ranked #1 arts camp in the nation by CampEasy! in 2015
  • Named Readers’ Pick Summer Camp by Northern Virginia Magazine, 2016-21
  • Featured for 9 years in Catalogue for Philanthropy, “featuring the area's best, vetted, community-based charities for high-impact local giving"

Featured Student Awards

Traveling Players Students attribute numerous awards and distinctions to our programs and coaching, including:

  • Winner: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, Traveling Players student
  • Nomination: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play, 2009, Traveling Players student.
  • English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition for the National Capital Region: 11 first-place awards in school competitions, Regional Finalist (2005, 2013), Regional Winner (2006 – competed in national competition at Lincoln Center), Regional 1st Runner-Up (2008), Regional 2nd Runner-Up (2012).
  • Poetry Out Loud, National Endowment for the Arts, 2011 State Champion (MD) and National Finalist; 2012 State Champion (DC).
  • Winner: Montgomery County Public Schools All-County Superintendent’s Performing Arts Award, Traveling Players student.
  • Winner: DC-area Cappies Critics and Awards Program, Best Musical, Best Song, Best Supporting Actress Traveling Players students
  • Nominations: DC-area Cappies Critics and Awards Program, Sound, Makeup, and Acting, Traveling Players student.
  • 1st Place: 10-minute Playwriting Contest at Arena Stage, 2011, Traveling Players student.
  • Forensics wins by Traveling Players students:
    • District Level: Dramatic Interpretation: 1st and 2nd place, Humorous Interpretation: 3rd place
    • Regional Level: Dramatic Interpretation, All Stars Finals, 1st Place
    • National Level: Dramatic Interpretation, Prose Reading, Top 50
  • Cappies Nominations 2023:
    • Charles Fisher, Best Lead Actor
    • Kaitlyn McCarley, Best Comic Actor
    • Hugo Ratheau, Best Supporting Actor
    • Will Albaugh, Best Featured Actor
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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

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

Wow! Traveling Players is a fantastic community! Our daughter has done multiple summer camps, several skills sessions, and a host of live performances over the past three years, and we have run out of superlatives. The staff, families, venues and content are all top-notch. Traveling Players is a fun, well-organized, welcoming and inclusive community perfect for children who want to nurture their creativity, build confidence and make friends; or, for those who desire to truly build and hone their acting skills and CVs.

- Parent

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

Learn More About Our Programs!


P.O. Box 1315
Great Falls, VA 22066


Traveling Players Studio
Tysons Corner Center – DL01
1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons, VA 22102

Traveling Players Ensemble is funded in part by ArtsFairfax and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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