Employment

Traveling Players Ensemble offers robust summer programs for dedicated students (in grades 2-12) to perform classical plays in outdoor amphitheaters.  Selected as a “Summer School in the Arts” by the NEA, Traveling Players’ summer programs provide intensive theatre training to small troupes of actors.  Programs include outdoor rehearsals, classes, & outdoor public performances. Our most advanced program, Shakespeare Troupe, culminates in backpacking trips to perform their show, giving teens and pre-teens the experience of wandering entertainers who carry dinner, tent and props all in their trusty pack.  Traveling Players has performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Wolf Trap’s International Children’s Festival and Colonial Williamsburg.

  • Dates for Residential: June 9 – August 5.
    • Students are with us from June 23 – August 2 (6 weeks).
    • Staff orientation (June 9–22) and strike (August 3–5) are mandatory and paid.
  • Location for Residential: In residence at Freedom Center, Leesburg, VA
    • Food and lodging is included in all contracts for residential staff. There will be one staff lodge, but some staff will have private rooms in camper lodges.
    • Our staff will live together in community for all 8 weeks. Days off can be spent off-campus.
  • Dates for Day Camp: A combination of 4 weeks of teaching and one week of Orientation.
    • Orientation: May 15-16 plus 3 days at Freedom Center: June 12, 17, & 19
      • June 17 & 19 could be negotiable for applicants with current First Aid & CPR certifications.
    • Acting Studio A: June 24-28
    • Acting Studio B: July 15-19
    • Players Studio: August 5-9 & 12-16
  • Location for Day Camp: Our Studio in Tysons Corner Center.
  • Safety: You will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster, and a background check.
    • You will get a COVID test before arriving for orientation.
    • We are following recommendations from the CDC, American Camp Association and Virginia Department of Health to determine our safety practices for the summer.
  • Staff training: Community First Aid, Safe Boundaries for students and staff (taught by a LSW – including appropriate language and touch, comprehensive mandated reporter laws, risk management, and social media), Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, and teaching strategies. Plus we’ll cover pitching tents, fire building, learning styles, low ropes and ensemble building/training.
  • Internships: Artistic Director Jeanne E. Harrison, MA, MFA, has worked at universities and can supervise or liaise with your university for college credit.
  • Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability in admissions to programs or in the administration of its employment policies.  We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and make all reasonable accommodations.

To apply for any position, please:

  1. Email personalized cover letter for this position and resume to jeharrison@travelingplayers.org
  2. Fill out this form.

Summer Positions

Assistant Director

Functions as assistant director/acting coach for an ensemble, and may teach classes in area of specialty.  Salary: $350-$550/week plus room and board for 8 weeks.

Assists the following:

  • Shakespeare Ensemble (performers in grades 8-12): Midsummer Night's Dream - performed twice (2 3-week sessions).

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a BA, BFA or MFA
  • Experience acting and/or directing Shakespeare
  • Training in improv, acting technique, and/or Commedia dell’Arte
  • Experience teaching acting to students (grades 4-12)
  • A strong belief in the power of the ensemble
  • Relish working outdoors
  • Experience with ensemble-building, low ropes, or Leave No Trace camping skills a plus.

Lodge Leader

Looks after the well-being of our students, and ensures that they have a great camp experience! Under the direction of the Head of Residential Life, coordinates and leads non-artistic activities and experiences for the camp community. Salary: $350-$500/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 
 
Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:
  • Have or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working at summer camp (ages 10-18)
  • A strong belief in the power of the ensemble
  • Relish working outdoors
  • Experience with ensemble-building, low ropes, or Leave No Trace camping skills a plus
  • Lifeguard certification for waterfronts a plus
  • Experience with helping students building coping skills and deescalating issues.
  • Experience helping students recover from homesickness, disappointments, friendship shifts and identity issues.
  • Have a passion they can teach/share with the students
  • Experience with and passion for performing arts education a plus
  • Bonus points for a CDL license (school bus)

Kitchen Team Trainer

Trains a small team of kitchen staff to be independent in daily food-related duties — planning, preparing and serving meals for 100 campers and staff daily.  Works 4 - 6 days a week from June 7 - July 7.  Salary: $1000 - $1400/week

Please note: If local, this position would not require living on property.

Primary duties include:

  • Manage a kitchen staff team – including an assistant head of kitchen and two cooks – in daily food-related duties.
  • Check-in on planning, preparation, serving, and clean-up of meals
  • Maintain the kitchen according to health, safety, and sanitary standards, including proper storage and serving.
  • Train staff in accommodating special dietary requirements as reasonable.
  • Assist in creating a maintainable system for kitchen inventory, placing orders and overseeing the food budget

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Kitchen experience (5 years minimum)
  • Experience in a supervisory role, running a kitchen, meal planning, maintaining budget, placing orders, restaurant math, reducing waste, maintaining fresh inventory, etc.
  • Experience with food allergies and dietary restrictions (we have a significant number of vegetarian students & staff)
  • Familiarity with young and developing palates
  • Interest in creating healthy, simple, varied, and tasty dishes
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with children age 10-18
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Current ServSafe certification preferred, as well as a clean license and reliable vehicle
  • Some Spanish and/or French is a plus
pic of young actresses at traveling players

Year-Round Positions

Program Manager

Full-time, year-round with benefits
$40,000 – $50,000 — depending on experience

We would likely hire this position as the Camp Director (see summer positions), then hire to Full Time if it is mutually a good fit.

Works closely with the Founder/Producing Artistic Director to plan, implement, market and manage our vibrant educational programming, including our summer camp and year-round classes.  Would ideally act as our Camp Director during the summer. Primary duties include:

  • Building and maintaining relationships (with partnering organizations, students, families, performance venues)
  • Marketing programs – implementing strategy via print, social media, e-blasts, and grassroots
  • Scheduling and coordinating (performance tours, festivals, classes, staff)
  • Manage database, website and various lists for registration, fundraising, marketing
  • Assist on grant applications 
  • Bus driving. Candidate must have or be willing to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license) for back-up driving responsibilities
  • Supervising summer staff (assisting in hiring, training, orientation, communication)
  • Assisting with interviewing and processing scholarship applications.

Ideal candidate will have MA in Arts Management, Social Work, or Education plus 1-2 years’ experience in camp management, and the following skills and characteristics:

  • Exceptionally organized and a fast learner
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize, initiate, and collaborate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience marketing via traditional and social media
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience mentoring teens
  • Experience as middle management in a small organization
  • Relish working outdoors 
  • Clean driving record and reliable vehicle
  • Optimistic spirit, energetic, good sense of humor, flexible and creative problem-solver and ability to maintain a level head in crisis situations 
  • Bonus points for:  facility with databases (we use UltraCamp), experience with PR, experience with Mailchimp and WordPress, experience with backpacking, teaching, and theatre.
Mailing

P.O. Box 1315
Great Falls, VA 22066

Studio

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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