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 21-22 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: $400-$550/week plus room and board for 8 weeks.

Assists one of the following:

  • Mythology Ensemble (performers in grades 4-6): Orpheus & Eurydice by Judith Walsh White - performed twice (2 2-week sessions).
  • Thespian Ensemble (performers in grades 6-8): Learned Ladies by Moliere – performed twice (2 3-week sessions).
  • Improv Intensive (performers in grades 6-8 & 8-12) - performs twice (1 3-week session & 1 2-week session).
  • Shakespeare Ensemble (performers in grades 8-12): Midsummer Night's Dream - performed twice (2 3-week sessions).
  • Shakespeare Troupe (performers in grades 9-12): Hamlet - goes on a week long performance tour (1 6-week session).

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a BA, BFA or MFA
  • Training in improv, acting technique, Shakespeare and/or Commedia dell’Arte
  • Experience teaching acting to students (grades 3-12)
  • 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.

Head of Scene & Props Shop

Works with professional designers to create props & painted backdrops for our 4 summer productions, while training a small crew of high school students to assist you as part of our Technical Theatre Apprenticeship program.  The Shop Head may also apply to design one or more plays.  Salary: $500-$600/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a MFA
  • Delights in mentoring and teaching teens
  • Strong painting, construction, and safety skills
  • Experience successfully managing a crew – delegating, expanding skills, and meeting production deadlines
  • Maintain a joyful, educational and stress-free shop environment
  • Excited by functioning in a low-tech shop (power tools, hand tools, paint – a makeshift shop for the summer, not a professional space)
  • Bonus points for experience designing/building puppets

Head of Costume Shop

Works with professional designers to create costumes for our 4 summer productions, while training a small crew of high school students to assist you as part of our Technical Theatre Apprenticeship program.  The production schedule is very tight; hence, the majority of the costumes will be altered from our existing stock of 4000+.  The Shop Head may also apply to design one or more plays.  Salary: $500-$600/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a MFA
  • Delights in mentoring and teaching teens
  • Strong stitching, fitting and altering skills
  • Experience successfully managing a crew – delegating, expanding skills, scheduling and meeting 5 production deadlines
  • Super organized
  • Maintain a joyful, educational and stress-free shop environment
  • Excited by functioning in a makeshift shop, not a professional space

Assistant Head of Scene & Props Shop

Works with professional designers to create props for our 4 summer productions, while training a small crew of high school students to assist you as part of our Technical Theatre Apprenticeship program. Salary: $400-$450/week plus room and board for 8 weeks.

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a BA or BFA
  • Delights in mentoring and teaching teens
  • Strong painting, construction, and safety skills
  • Experience successfully managing a crew – delegating, expanding skills, and meeting production deadlines
  • Maintain a joyful, educational and stress-free shop environment
  • Excited by functioning in a low-tech shop (power tools, hand tools, paint – a makeshift shop for the summer, not a professional space)
  • Bonus points for experience designing/building puppets

Assistant Head of Costume Shop

Works with professional designers to create costumes for our 4 summer productions, while training a small crew of high school students to assist you as part of our Technical Theatre Apprenticeship program.  The production schedule is very tight; hence, the majority of the costumes will be altered from our existing stock of 4000+. Salary: $400-$450/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a BA, BFA
  • Delights in mentoring and teaching teens
  • Strong stitching, fitting and altering skills
  • Experience successfully managing a crew – delegating, expanding skills, scheduling and meeting 5 production deadlines
  • Super organized
  • Maintain a joyful, educational and stress-free shop environment
  • Excited by functioning in a makeshift shop, not a professional space

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)

Assistant Camp Director

Works closely with the Camp Director and Producing Artistic Director to manage camp logistics and ensure that everything runs smoothly.  Salary: $350-$500/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Primary duties include:

  • Assist the Camp Director and PAD as directed.
  • Facilitate communication between the camp office and staff, parents, and the wider Traveling Players community.
  • Manage and maintain a database, timetables, and spreadsheets.
  • Ensure camp staff access paperwork, equipment, and resources from the office.
  • Help supervise the implementation of our Contagious Diseases Protocol (CDP).

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be working towards a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with students or at summer camp, preferably in an administrative role
  • A clean driver’s license and a working vehicle
  • Exceptionally well organized and a fast learner
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize, initiate, and collaborate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Relish working outdoors
  • 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 camping, working with teens, and theatre – especially as a stage manager.

Camp Office Assistant

Works closely with the Camp Director to manage camp logistics and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Salary: $300-$400/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Primary duties include:

  • Assist the Director of Programs as directed.
  • Manage and maintain a database, timetables, and spreadsheets.
  • Ensure that camp staff have access to paperwork, equipment, and resources from the office.
  • Help supervise the implementation of our Contagious Diseases Protocol (CDP).
  • Capture photographs and video footage of camp activities.
  • Facilitate communication between the camp office and staff, parents, and the wider Traveling Players community.

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working at summer camp, preferably in an administrative role
  • A clean driver’s license and a working vehicle
  • Exceptionally well organized and a fast learner
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize, initiate, and collaborate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Relish working outdoors
  • 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: knowledge of diesel mechanics, facility with databases (we use UltraCamp), experience with PR, experience with Mailchimp and WordPress, experience with backpacking, working with teens, and theatre – especially as a stage manager.

Head of Kitchen

Leads a small team of kitchen staff in daily food-related duties — planning, preparing and serving meals for 100 campers and staff daily.  Crafts opportunities for campers (ages 10-18) to participate in food prep and clean up in an enjoyable way.  Our kitchen staff are fully integrated into the Traveling Players community and participate in the larger camp culture.  Salary: $800-$1000/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 

Primary duties include:

  • Manage a kitchen staff team – including an assistant head of kitchen and two cooks – in daily food-related duties.
  • Plan, prepare, serve, and clean-up of all meals (the kitchen will have days off when the camp cooks for themselves over a fire/cookouts)
  • Maintain the kitchen according to health, safety, and sanitary standards, including proper storage and serving.
  • Accommodate special dietary requirements as reasonable.
  • Maintain kitchen inventory, placing orders and overseeing the food budget

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Kitchen experience (3 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
  • Interest in developing a portfolio of menus
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with children age 10-18
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Desire to be fully integrated into all-camp community activities
  • Current ServSafe certification preferred, as well as a clean license and reliable vehicle

Assistant Head of Kitchen

Assists the Head of Kitchen in managing a small team of kitchen staff in daily food-related duties – preparing and serving meals for 100 campers and staff daily. Oversees kitchen on Head of Kitchen’s day off. Crafts opportunities for campers (ages 10-18) to participate in food prep and clean up in an enjoyable way. Our kitchen staff are fully integrated into the Traveling Players community and participate in the larger camp culture. Salary: $400-$550/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 
 
Primary duties include:
  • Help to manage a kitchen staff team in daily food-related duties
  • Assist the Head of Kitchen as directed
  • Preparation, serving, and clean-up of all meals.
  • Maintain the kitchen according to health, safety, and sanitary standards, including proper storage and serving.
  • Accommodate special dietary requirements as reasonable.
  • All of our kitchen staff are part of the camp community
Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:
  • Kitchen experience (2+ years)
  • Experience with food allergies and dietary restrictions (we have a significant number of vegetarian students & staff)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with children age 10-18
  • Desire to be fully integrated into all-camp community activities
  • Current ServSafe certification a bonus, as well as a clean license and reliable vehicle

Kitchen Cook

Works with a team to complete daily food-related duties – preparing and serving meals for 100 campers and staff daily. Enables campers (ages 10-18) to participate in food prep and clean up in an enjoyable way. Our kitchen staff are fully integrated into the Traveling Players community and participate in the larger camp culture. Salary: $350-$500/week plus room and board for 8 weeks. 
 
Primary duties include:
  • Assist the Head of Kitchen and Assistant Head of Kitchen as directed
  • Lead the camp community in getting involved with cooking and cleaning
  • Preparation, serving, and clean-up of all meals.
  • Maintain the kitchen according to health, safety, and sanitary standards, including proper storage and serving.
  • Accommodate special dietary requirements as reasonable.
Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:
  • Kitchen experience (1 year+)
  • Experience with food allergies and dietary restrictions (we have a significant number of vegetarian students & staff)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with children age 10-18
  • Desire to be fully integrated into all-camp community activities
  • Current ServSafe certification a bonus, as well as a clean license and reliable vehicle

Day Camp - Lead Teacher

Lead Teacher serves as most senior faculty member of small ensemble of 12-13 actors, supported by two assistant teachers.  Training and collaborating with your assistant teachers is expected, as is full engagement as a supervisor, mentor and role model during non-artistic time to support before and after-care services.   Salary: $550-$800/week, including either before or aftercare daily

Dates are different for this position:

  • Orientation: May 21-22 plus 3 days at Freedom Center: June 12, 17, & 19
  • Acting Studio A: June 24-28
  • Acting Studio B: July 15-19
  • Players Studio: August 5-9 & 12-16

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Delights in directing students (grades 2 - 5)
  • Belief in the power of the ensemble
  • Training in classical theatre or Commedia dell’Arte
  • A graduate degree
  • Very organized, communicative, experienced leading a satellite program
  • Equally comfortable talking to elementary school students and their parents
  • Experience mentoring staff — tasking them with appropriate challenges and increasing their leaderships skills alongside those of the students

Day Camp - Assistant Teacher

Functions as assistant teacher/acting coach for a small ensemble of actors, and may teach classes in area of specialty.  Salary: $350-$450/week, including either before or aftercare daily

Dates are different for this position:

  • Orientation: May 21-22 plus 3 days at Freedom Center: June 12, 17, & 19
  • Acting Studio A: June 24-28
  • Acting Studio B: July 15-19
  • Players Studio: August 5-9 & 12-16

Ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • Have or be pursuing a BA, BFA or MFA
  • Training in improv, acting technique, Shakespeare and/or Commedia dell’Arte
  • Experience teaching acting to students (grades 2 - 5)
  • A strong belief in the power of the ensemble
  • Experience with ensemble-building skills 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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