Campaign for the Future!

Shakespeare had Queen Elizabeth, Moliere had Louis XIV, And We have You!

I grew up at Traveling Players.  I am still a Traveling Player. It remains central to my identity.

– Alum

When Traveling Players was founded, we could never have imagined what it would grow into 20 years later. We never could have predicted that friendships made over those summers would remain some of our students’ strongest connections, through college and beyond, and that we would gleefully retell camp stories a decade later. Together we’ve created memories that will last a lifetime.

We hoped to create a place to challenge young performers, nurture their talent, surround them with a supportive community, and infuse them with the wonder of our natural environment. And a place where theatre kids knew the real meaning of the word “star.” On a Traveling Players’ stage is an ensemble of actors – each a shining star in their own way – working hard, playing together, building trust, and telling powerful stories.

The twin challenge of forming an ensemble and creating excellent theatre brings out the best in our students and staff. It creates transformational “aha” moments that are inevitably the topics of their college essays and become a core part of their identity.

Traveling Players alumni will thrive in this new world of ours. Their path may not be linear, but they have the skills, sense of humor, and resourcefulness to make their own way, whatever that may be. But most of all, they know how to find friendship, adventure, and joy.

None of this would have been possible without you – our loyal community and donors.

Now you can help Traveling Players to survive, too, in this new world of ours – to work with more students and help them find their voice.

We have plans! Over this year, our 20th anniversary, we will continue to roll out new programs that nurture our current student population. And we are excited to introduce new opportunities and events that will support our alumni community (networking events, coffeehouses, and maybe even that alumni production?). 

Help us by donating today! 

Honor your past and nourish our future –  Together we can make a difference. 



All donations are tax deductible.

NEW: In 2023 New Donors are DOUBLED! The board will match donations from all new donors up to $20,000 – we hope to add 200 more donors this year. 

Make a gift of $1,000 or more to join our Ensemble of Donors!

Become a corporate sponsor! We offer several levels of sponsorship at different price points to fit any budget.

For in-kind donations, please contact us!

Traveling Players can now accept gifts of appreciated stocks. For more information, please contact us!

Donate for free when you buy on AmazonSmile!

Traveling Players Ensemble complies with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Donor Bill of Rights.

A Round of Applause for our 2022 Donors!

$30,000 & above

  • ArtsFairfax ♥♥
  • Federal/SBA Covid Relief Forgiveness  
  • Macerich/Tysons Corner Center ∞
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts ♥♥

$10,000 - $29,999

  • Robin & Bob Carroll ♦☺∞
  • Google Adwords ♦∞
  • McLean Community Foundation 
  • The Nora Roberts Foundation ♦

$2,500 - $9,999

  • Anonymous ♦☺
  • The Cuce-Martin Family  
  • Dimick Foundation ♥
  • Erik Ronningen 
  • Tetracore, Inc. *
  • Lisa & Seth Tucker

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Hee Un Baeg & Min Koo Choi * 
  • Anne & John Durgavich * ☺∞
  • Josh and Sarah Eastright * 
  • Freddie Mac * #
  • Anne & William Gross  
  • Allison May & Ky Tran-Trong 
  • Jennifer McLaughlin  
  • McLean Community Center ∞
  • James Rivera ♦
  • Andy & Lynn Shotwell ♦
  • Margie Sullivan ♥♥
  • VADH/CDC *
  • Judith & Christian White ♥♥☺

$500 - $999

  • Jamie Abrams & Jason Pletcher ☺
  • The Carmel-Jessup Family ♥☺
  • Sharon & Jonathan Franklin ♥
  • Jeanne E. Harrison ♥♥☺
  • Jim Read & Melissa Jurgens  
  • Kristin & Stan Schloemer ♦
  • Katherine Touart ♦

$250 - $499

  • Anne & Jon Ashwell ♥
  • Barings LLC  #
  • Barbara & Rooney deButts 
  • Marie Milnes-Vasquez & Tony Johnstone ♥
  • Noble Properties *
  • Eric Ottesen * 
  • Amy Regas & Brad Conver ♦
  • Julia Smith & Brian Frickert

$100 - $249

  • AmazonSmile Foundation ♦
  • Steven Babin & Pamela Nee ♦
  • Mitch Bailin 
  • Virginia & Jed Barry ♦☺∞
  • Louis & Eva Caldera ♦
  • Sharon Coldren * 
  • Urvi Desai * 
  • Amber & Caitlin Dungan  
  • Jenna Fournel  
  • Molly Gimmel ♦☺
  • Lara Greden & Bruno Miller * 
  • Lisa Grossman & David Weber 
  • John Kerl * 
  • Elliott & Julie Maizels ♦☺
  • Aleta Margolis ♥
  • Beth & Walter Meyer  
  • Carolyn Mollen ♥☺
  • Alice OBrien * 
  • KK & Matthew Ottesen
  • Cathy Pollack 
  • Sarah Raskin * 
  • Virginia Roll ♦
  • Michelle Shefter & Jason Hillman 
  • Souvlaki Bar *
  • Deborah Stein & Mike Lubrano ♦☺
  • Susan & John Sturc ♥♥☺
  • Astrik Tenney * 
  • Chrysanthe Broikos & Mark Vilardo ♦
  • Matthew Wald & Wilma Schiller ♥
  • Sarah & Greg Wetstone ♦

up to $99

  • Anonymous
  • Vivian & Payton Bailey  
  • Bridget Baiss & Sean Howard * 
  • Rabia Cakar * 
  • Beth & Brian Cole * ☺∞
  • Eliza Dermody * 
  • Mary Gibbs & Jeffrey Horner ♥
  • Sabre Goldman * 
  • Melissa House  
  • Leyla & Gordon Kenny  
  • David Klevan & Charlotte Cluverius * 
  • Sarah Meek * 
  • Catrin Morris & Chris Miller 
  • Colleen Neumann
  • Michelle & Mike Noble
  • Deborah Osborne 
  • PayPal Giving Fund ♦
  • Jennifer & Ron Sinek ♥
  • Kristin Sunderman
  • UK Online Giving Fund * 
  • Morey Ward *


  • ♥♥ 15+ years
  • ♥ 10-14 years
  • ♦ 5-9 years
  • * New Donor 
  • ☺Camper/Alum/Staff/Board
  • #  Matching
  • ∞  In-Kind

If you’d like your donation to be listed differently, please email

$25,000 and above

$10,000 - $24,999

$5,000 - $9,999

$2,000 - $4,999

$1,000 - $1,999

$500 - $999

$250 - $499

$100 - $249

Up to $99


In This Together!

Give Gratitude to TPE’s compassionate, talented, dedicated staff!

Our staff is the heart of Traveling Players.  They can bring a smile to an anxious face, bolster confidence in student, and challenge another who wants to climb higher.  Some Traveling Players staffers remain in your child’s life forever.  Their impact will be remembered and felt – it might have been life-changing.

Most of our staff are alums, hoping to have a similar impact on a child’s life.  We could never pay them enough.  The math for compensating those who transform lives just doesn’t add up.  Most artists are gig workers and were especially hard hit.

At Traveling Players, we have continued to pay our staff, furloughing no one.  Our staff responded by taking on additional duties, and volunteering some hours each pay period.  In this liminal time of virtual learning, our staff adapted theatre curriculum to online, bringing joy, creativity and artistic growth back to our students’ lives over Spring Break.  We are hosting Campfire Parties and virtual Field Trips — meaningful community experiences — to reconnect.

These artist/educators are working tirelessly on Traveling Players innovative programming for summer 2020 (which is truly happening! — more on that later this week).  Their resourcefulness and perseverance keep us inspired, as does the energy we receive back from you, our campers, parents, alums and donors. Thank you all!

We need your help to continue paying our amazing staff and offering exceptional programs. Like so many other businesses, we are facing daunting financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. 

We have already lost over $55,000 from foundations that typically support us but are redirecting their resources to the front lines of the pandemic.  We know that operating this summer will be expensive, as we will invest in additional staff, cleaning supplies and new logistical protocols.  And then there are the scholarship applications, which have increased.  We will not be able to do this alone.  We will need help. 

Please help ensure Traveling Players programs continue during this crisis, when restrictions are lifted, and afterwards!

If you are in a position to give, please donate today!

All proceeds will be directed to supporting staff.

No donation is too small or big.


Make a gift of $1,000 or more to join our Ensemble of Donors!

Become a corporate sponsor! We offer several levels of sponsorship at different price points to fit any budget.

For in-kind donations, please contact us!

Traveling Players can now accept gifts of appreciated stocks. For more information, please contact us!

Donate for free when you buy on AmazonSmile!