The Shakespeare Adventure of a Lifetime!
Our Shakespeare Troupe is a pre-professional summer acting conservatory, perfect as a pre-college theatre program for high school drama students
Experience a professional-level production while still in high school with this rigorous six week summer theatre conservatory program. The Shakespeare Troupe rehearses a full-length professionally directed and designed Shakespeare play — then takes the show on the road with a performance tour to amphitheaters throughout Virginia, including professional stages!
The National Endowment for the Arts identified Shakespeare Troupe as offering challenges unlike any other pre-college theatre program in the nation. This immersive and holistic experience allows our elite high school actors to attain a new level of artistry, confidence, leadership, and independence.
Actors are carefully guided by a trio of directors, ensuring every actor is challenged and grows — on stage and off!
By audition only. For current 9th – 12th graders.
Only 1 Spot Left!
Our daughter has absolutely blossomed under the tutelage of your programs…She is gaining confidence, not only as an actor, but as a person. And for that, you… have our deepest thanks; for everything you do and offer!
Upcoming AUDITION DATES
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition.
- June 26 — August 5 (6 weeks) (Only 1 Spot Left!)
- Mid-summer Vacation: July 15 (11:30 am) – July 17 (1:00 pm)
- Tour: July 28 – August 3
- Audition Fee: $60
- Tuition: $9200
Please contact us to schedule an audition.
LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Shakespeare Troupe is strictly limited to 10 performers. We will only hold auditions if space is still available. We recommend registering for the earliest audition you can.
I want to come for the whole summer, but I’m not local to the DC area. Where should I go over the Mid-summer vacation?
If you are coming from out of town, we will help you to find a castmate or Alumni family that you can stay with over the Mid-summer break! Traveling Players is fortunate to have a generous and interconnected community. Just let us know that you are interested in being hosted, and we will connect you with another family in your ensemble or alumni family who will be eager to welcome you.
Need to audition from afar? No problem! Please see the Auditions FAQ page for details.
Watch the trailer for our 2013 Shakespeare Troupe’s Much Ado About Nothing!
Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison draws on her 31 years as a director and acting teacher to bring out the best in every performer, coalescing them into a powerful, supportive ensemble capable of telling some of the world’s greatest stories. Two professional actors/acting coaches serve as assistant directors, thereby allowing each actor to get the attention they deserve to make real breakthroughs as artists, evidenced by the success of our alumni.
We have been going to see Shakespeare shows at festivals where, in addition to a regular cast, they also have Equity actors perform. Your kids did as good of a job as we have ever seen — we were totally blown away. My husband could not believe that your kids were high school kids and not college kids.
– Audience Member
By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains performers who are bold, resourceful, and skilled. If you can act Shakespeare, then you can act anything. Classical acting is demanding — and remains foundational to all modern acting technique. Hence, a summer at Traveling Players trains you to act not just anything, but anywhere. All the world’s a stage!
Traveling Players summer programs offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. A typical day includes intensive rehearsals in addition to classes taught by expert faculty, expanding each performers skill set.
300 people auditioned. 22 people were cast. My son, who was a Traveling Players student for many years, will make his Muhlenberg Mainstage debut this November in the Greek tragedy Agamemnon. He is one of only a very few freshmen to be cast in any of the school’s Mainstage productions.