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 2021 Donors!

$35,000 and above

  • ArtsFairfax ♥
  • Federal/SBA Covid Relief Forgiveness
  • Google Adwords ♦∞
  • Macerich/Tysons Corner Center ∞

$10,000 to 34,999

  • INOVA Health Systems ∞
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Nora Roberts Foundation ♦
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts ♥

$5,000 to 9,999

  • McLean Community Foundation

$2,000 to $4,999

  • Anonymous ♦
  • Charlie Brown & Molly Moses
  • Dimick Foundation ♥
  • Margie Sullivan ♥
  • The Tucker Family

$1,000 to 1,999

  • Jamie Abrams & Jason Pletcher ☺
  • Virginia & Jed Barry ♦☺
  • Sharon Callaway ♥
  • Robin & Bob Carroll ♦☺
  • Anne & William Gross
  • Gilbert Leigh ♦
  • Carolyn Mollen ♥☺
  • MTR/Dave & Robin Blouse
  • James Rivera ♦
  • Andrew & Lynn Shotwell ♦
  • The Sparta-Hattaway Family ♥
  • Judith & Christian White ♥☺

$500 to 999

  • The Carmel-Jessup Family ♥☺
  • Jeanne Harrison ♥☺
  • Susan Jampoler
  • Leyla & Gordon Kenny
  • Allison May & Ky Tran-Trong
  • Marie Milnes-Vasquez & Tony Johnstone ♥
  • Colleen Robertson
  • Kristin & Stan Schloemer ♦
  • Joel & Felicia Vargas ♥

$250 – 499

  • Anne & Jon Ashwell ♥
  • Mary Au & Tony Greco
  • Barings LLC #
  • Barbara & Rooney deButts
  • Amber & Caitlin Dungan
  • Jennifer & Eric Engstrom ♦
  • Jenna Fournel
  • Molly Gimmel ♦☺
  • Lisa Grossman & David Weber
  • Amanda Maisels
  • Jennifer McLaughlin
  • John Mimikakis
  • Catrin Morris & Chris Miller
  • The Pearce Family
  • France Ponsat ∞
  • Gregory & Margo Pryzby ♦∞
  • Amy Regas & Brad Conver ♦
  • Zach Sandberg ☺
  • Katherine Touart ♦
  • Mark & Pat Whittle ♦☺


  • Anita Albertson ♦
  • AmazonSmile Foundation ♦
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous ♥
  • Steven Babin & Pamela Nee ♦
  • Mitchell Bailin
  • Sonja Carlborg & David Means ♥
  • Kathlyn Degnan
  • Jessica & David Dzara
  • Nancy Eastlake
  • The Estee Lauder Companies #
  • Filip & Barbara Feller
  • Natalie & Ronnie Fisher
  • Heidi Geier ♦
  • Joanne Hurt ♥
  • Barbara & Henry Jasny ♥
  • Ryan Kantor ∞
  • Richard Koretz & Judith Bauer ♥
  • Aleta Margolis ♥
  • Christine & Allen McCarley ∞
  • Karen & Mark Morey ♦
  • Virginia Roll
  • Michelle Shefter
  • Julia Smith & Brian Frickert
  • Susan & John Sturc ♥☺
  • Suzanne Tetreault
  • Amy Weinhouse
  • Steve Wenick & Karen Block
  • Jacqui & David Winters
  • Elizabeth & William Wakefield
  • Booz Allen #

up to $99

  • Suzan Al-Mutawa & Oliver John
  • Anonymous
  • Vivian & Payton Bailey
  • Louis & Eva Caldera ♦
  • Chewey Delaplaine ☺
  • Laura DeWitt
  • Julie & David Elfin ☺
  • Julia Fischer
  • Kimberly Fondren & James Ward
  • Susan & Todd Garner
  • Rebecca & Ed Goldstein
  • Margaret & Kenneth Hawkins
  • Hilary Henry
  • Mary Gibbs & Jeffrey Horner ♥
  • Melissa House
  • Sarah Jebian
  • Paula Kahn
  • Eileen Mandell
  • Debra Marino
  • Carol-Ann & Kevin Martin
  • Kim & Chuck Miller
  • Shahima Nazeel
  • PayPal Giving Fund
  • Noah Pilchen ☺
  • Tiffanie & Troy Pope
  • Laura Rose
  • Grigore Scarlatoiu
  • Jennifer & Ron Sinek ♦
  • Lynda Singletary
  • Sharon Sliwa ♦☺
  • Askia Suruma
  • Kathleen Tregoning
  • Lisa Vandeveer
  • Elizabeth Vilardo & Family ♦
  • Dannielle Wade & Eric Tischler ♦
  • Jennifer Wohlander
  • Martha Young
  • Michael Yuzefovich


  • ♥   10+ years of donations
  • ♦   5-9 years of donations
  • ☺   Camper, Staff, Alum, Board
  • #   Matching
  • ∞   In-kind

$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!