Prototype – Summer Camp

This is Traveling Players’ 21st summer of creating theatre, friendships, and memories — with the best people: theatrical teens and pre-teens!  You could live in a lodge at our sleepaway acting camp & residential conservatory program or spend the week at our day camp in our Tysons Studio.  Either way, our beloved directors and teaching artists are ready to take you on an artistic adventure! 

A Typical Day

♦ 8:00 AM – Good Morning Traveling Players!

Wake up and get ready for the day in your cozy lodge (fully finished, and complete with AC, kitchenette, and plumbing)

♦ 8:30 AM – Breakfast

Fuel up for a busy day of theatre and adventure!

Sample Menus

  • Bacon, Sausages (Meat or Veggie), Scrambled Eggs & Toast

I would like to let you know how grateful we are to have Traveling Players! [Our teen] has absolutely blossomed under the tutelage of your programs, and has become, quite literally, a new person. She is gaining confidence, not only as an actor, but as a person. And for that, you and the Traveling Players crew have our deepest thanks; for everything you do and offer!

-Parent

♦ 9:45 AM – Morning Rehearsal

Jump into the rehearsal day with your expert directors – don’t forget your script!

Small by Design…

    • Our immersive, 1:4 faculty-to-student ratio guarantees each student receives personalized training and attention. In practice that looks like one director blocking a scene with a group of 3-4 actors on stage, another working on character analysis and physicality, and the third running a fight scene.
    • Our students see tremendous growth in their skills as performers because they spend their full rehearsal day engaged directly with our talented teaching artists – not just waiting for their entrance in the wings.

♦ 12:00 PM – Lunch

Take a break from rehearsal, catch up with friends from other ensembles, and refuel – we still have tons of new theatrical challenges waiting for you in the afternoon!

Sample Menu:

  • Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, & Salad

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

♦ 1:00 PM – Class

Your training continues offstage in daily classes taught by our expert faculty. Classes dive deeper into one specific skill that will make you a stronger performer and artist.

Class Rotations

Improv
One of the most important tools in your actor’s toolbox – and the best part is you’re only doing it right if you’re having fun!
Stage Combat
Learn how to (safely) take down your foes on stage! Students receive training in both armed and unarmed combat depending on the requirements of the show.

Sheakespeare Troupe: Learn from Casey Kaleba, MA, PhD, SAFD Certified

♦ 2:00 PM – Afternoon Rehearsal

Jump back into rehearsal, you only have a few short weeks to perfect your final performance!

…Awarded for Excellence

      • Selected as 1 of 25 model Summer Schools in the Arts by the NEA
      • Arts Education Award, 2020-21, ArtsFairfax
      • #1 Arts Camp in the Nation, CampEasy
      • Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy, “featuring the area’s best, vetted, community-based charities for high-impact local giving”

♦ 4:00 PM – Free Period

Go on a hike, make Arts & Crafts, relax by the lake, or memorize your lines!

Putting together a full-length Shakespeare play in a few short weeks requires commitment from all of the members of the cast. The work ethic that I learned from Traveling Players helped me to success in high school and now in college.

– Alum

♦ 6:00 PM – Dinner

Have a delicious meal with friends! On Friday nights, we’ll do a campfire meal – complete with the camp dessert staple, S’Mores!

Sample Menu

  • Taco Bar: Build your own! Chicken, ground beef, beans, cheese, sour cream,  fresh veggies, and guacamole

Weekly Campouts

Theatre began around a campfire, where people told stories, in the dark.  Their stories were of identity– origin myths, their challenges, accomplishments, trials and triumphs.  We continue that trend at Traveling Players, keeping theatre wild, singing around a campfire, telling our own stories and connecting with nature.  Time spent off-stage and out-of-role allow campers to bond, forming friendships that last a lifetime.  The trust that is built during campouts translates to the stage as compelling performances.

♦ 7:30 PM – Evening Activity

After chores, enjoy either nighttime rehearsal or a camp-wide activity! Activities include: Skits, Open-Mic Nights, Color Wars, Camp Prom, Movie Night, & more!

Appropriate Challenges

Climbing mountains, pitching tents, creating characters – at Traveling Players we craft age-appropriate programs designed to challenge our students.  Our students know that the successes they have off stage allows them greater success on stage.  The result: pride in their accomplishments, trust in their abilities, and confidence to tackle more in the future.

♦ 9:30 PM – Evening Down Time

Hang out with friends, and unwind from the day while getting ready for day.

Unplugged, yet Deeply Connected

With no cell phones or social media around, students get the chance to unplug and meaningfully connect with peers.
But don’t worry, they can still reach home through our camp mail & email system which is delivered daily!

♦ 10:30 PM – Good Night Traveling Players!

Snuggle into your bunk and get lots of sleep for tomorrow’s theatrical adventures!

Which Ensemble is right for me?

We offer a continuum of acting training for students in grades 2-12. Click on your current grade (2022-23 school year) to see your options.

  • Acting Studio (Day Camp)
    • In this week long program, students will take classes in acting and improv from theatre professionals and perform a Showcase at the end of the week! Learn More>>
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  • Acting Studio (Day Camp)
    • In this week long program, students will take classes in acting and improv from theatre professionals and perform a Showcase at the end of the week! Learn More>>
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  • Thespian Ensemble
    • Thespians receive expert training in acting, physical comedy and improv. Campers will be split into two casts, exploring farce or fairytale! Learn More>>
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  • Thespian Ensemble
    • Thespians receive expert training in acting, physical comedy and improv. Campers will be split into two casts, exploring farce or fairytale! Learn More>>
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  • Thespian Ensemble
    • Thespians receive expert training in acting, physical comedy and improv. Campers will be split into two casts, exploring farce or fairytale! Learn More>>
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  • Shakespeare Troupe
    • Experience a professional-level performance with this rigorous summer theatre conservatory program. The Shakespeare Troupe tours a full-length professionally directed and designed Shakespeare play. 

    • Touring Summer 2023: Romeo & Juliet Learn More>>

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More About...

Our Auditions

More like an acting class than a traditional audition, our auditions are holistic and designed to see all that students are capable of.

Our Faculty

Talented and supportive, our faculty is made up of professional artists and educators who are dedicated to sharing their expertise and love for theatre with our students.

Our Mission

Recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of 25 model “Summer Schools for the Arts,” Traveling Players is dedicated to training students in grades 2-12 in theatre.