For all auditioned programs you will need to prepare some material to present. You can find the required material below. Please choose ONE (1) to perform at your audition.
For Shakespeare Troupe, please prepare a Shakespeare monologue of your choice, 14 lines in length, from any show other than Hamlet.
Yes! You can have one, two, or all of the discounts, if applicable. Our discounts are also stacking, meaning if you have 3 children enrolled, you will receive the sibling discount twice.
The sibling discount will be applied to the Day Camp enrollment. For the referral rebate, it will be applied to the camp the referred student enrolls in (i.e. your friend enrolls in Sleepaway, we would apply the $250 rebate to your Sleepaway reservation).
Traveling Players is committed to making arts education accessible to everyone. We are proud to offer need-based financial aid for all of our programs with no annual or lifetime caps. Once approved for financial aid, you can be extended aid for a full calendar year before needing to reapply.
Anyone who believes they are in need is encouraged to apply, but those who usually receive significant amounts of aid are families with a combined annual income of $110,000 or less, or those with extenuating circumstances (i.e. medical bills, parents/guardians on deployment, changing family circumstances).
Yes. Financial Aid lasts for a full calendar year, then you must reapply. For example, if you first applied for aid for Summer 2023, you would need to reapply for Summer 2024.
However, you will not need to provide us with a teacher recommendation or interview as we already know you.
This varies family to family and year to year. We can offer anywhere between 10% - 95% of tuition as aid. The amount offered will depend on funding from donations & grants, number of applicants, and need of applicants from year to year.
Yes, but due to grant stipulations we prioritize local students. If you live out of the area and would like to apply for financial aid, we recommend applying as early as possible.
New this Year! - Financial Aid is being considered on a rolling basis. This means we will be awarding aid as early as December. Please apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of receiving the funding you need.
Our Financial Aid committee meets once a month to review applications and make decisions. You should find out about a month after your application is complete. This includes program acceptance for Sleepaway & Troupe. Once you have received your offer, you have a week to accept and put down a deposit of 30% of what your portion of the tuition. You may then schedule payments as necessary with the full amount being due April 15.
Address for Directions:
13951 Freedom Center Dr, Leesburg, VA 20176
c/o Freedom Center
13922 Freedom Center Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
We will have an Open House in May for families and friends to tour our campus before camp starts.
Over the summer, we do a drive-by drop off for students, so this will be the only chance for parents to see everything at camp!
Campers live in comfy, cozy Lodges - with electricity, AC, and bathrooms – flush toilets & showers!
The three lodges are divided by grade. The exact ages change every year depending on the breakout of camp, but typically they are grades 4-7, 7-9, & 9-12. Campers are then divided by gender into separate sleeping bays with separate bathrooms.
Traveling Players maintains a 1:4 staff to student ratio. That means our students are more than just in our sight, but receiving personalized training and attention. Directors are master teachers with many years of experience in both professional theatre and theatre education. Along with their professional achievements, our faculty is trained in First Aid & CPR and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Every director is supported by two assistant directors, who are working on or have received their BA, BFA or MFA in theatre.
Our Artistic Director personally interviews every member of our staff and selects them for their proven skills as educators, artists, and role models.
We do not employ Counselors In Training (CITs). All employees of Traveling Players are rigorously background checked. All staff attend two weeks of on-site orientation.
Our staff is our biggest asset — comprised of talented artist educators who work professionally in the DC-metro area and around the world. A significant number of our staff are alums of our program, proof that the Traveling Players community remains dear to their hearts.
All our staff receive American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and EpiPen training. Several staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid.
Our staff have a high level of physical competency. Many of them have run marathons, hiked the Appalachian Trail, or are certified lifeguards.
If medical services are needed, the INOVA Loudoun Hospital is located less than 30 minutes from campus.
We dedicate a full day of staff orientation to practicing how to keep our students in safe boundaries with our on-call social worker. Zena Carmel-Jessup is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience training staff and working with children and families.
Cell phones, iPods, mp3 players, kindles, smart watches, fitness trackers, other Bluetooth devices, etc. are NOT allowed at camp.
Almost all sleepaway/residential camps strictly forbid cell phones and electronics, and we agree with their stance. The reasons for this are many:
We really appreciate your compliance with this policy, and hope your camper can “disconnect to reconnect”!
We travel with the students for field trips, performances, and tour. Our fleet of six purple buses have a spotless safety record. All of our buses are professionally maintained by our experienced on-call diesel mechanic. We employ a commercial driver trainer to personally train all of our drivers. All of our bus drivers are drug tested before the summer begins and randomly tested throughout the summer. A bus counselor engages students in games (a mobile improv class!) while the driver focuses on the road.
Traveling Players offers shuttle service to and from Washington Dulles (IAD) on the first and last day of every session.
There is an $80 fee each way to use the shuttle service. If you are interested in using the shuttle service please email email@example.com for further booking details.
Shuttle Dates for 2024
Arrival Dates – June 23, July 14
Return Dates – July 5, 12, 26 & August 2
Traveling Players is unable to arrange shuttle service to any airport other than Washington Dulles IAD.
Unaccompanied Minors (aged 14 and under for most airlines)
Unaccompanied Minor is a term used by the airlines for a fee-based escort service for a young traveler. The airlines charge a separate fee for this service. Each airline has its own specific requirements for transporting young travelers. We recommend that families check with the air carrier to determine what requirements apply to a minor child. See below for unaccompanied minor information for the main carriers for Dulles IAD.
We also recommend that you schedule flights early in the day. Airlines will not board an unaccompanied minor if any flights of the trip are the last flight of the day.
If you are planning to ship your luggage to camp please allow at least two weeks for items to arrive at Freedom Center from the continental U.S. and Canadian sites and longer from other locations. Place origin and destination addresses, and phone numbers, inside shipped items in case exterior tags become lost. It is recommended to ship belongings in boxes that can be reused at the end of the session.
To ship luggage and boxes in advance use the following address and include the student’s arrival date:
c/o Freedom Center
13922 Freedom Center Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
Shipping Luggage Home
Campers who shipped their luggage to camp can elect to ship their luggage home after camp. Families will be responsible for the cost of shipment from camp and an additional $25 convenience fee.
If you are coming from out of town, we will help you to find a castmate that you can stay with over the mid-summer break! Traveling Players is fortunate to have a welcoming and interconnected community. Just let us know that you are interested in being hosted, and we will connect you with other families in your ensemble.
We recommend that you pack both sheets and a blanket and a sleeping bag. The kids will spend a couple nights in tents so the sleeping bag will be good for that, and the cabins will have AC so sheets and blankets will be good then. The sleeping bag can be used as the blanket if it unzips entirely.
Storage space underneath bunks and in the sleeping bays is limited. Please do your best to pack efficiently. Luggage that fits underneath bunks (10 inches or shorter) is highly preferred as it will be more easily stored.
The kids will need a small daypack to carry their script, pencils, water bottle, camera, etc., but only Shakespeare Troupe will need a framed camping backpack.
You can bring laundry pods if they are powdered. We don’t want parents to send liquid detergent since it could create a huge mess. Your student can also buy detergent from the camp store. Campers should pack about 12 days’ worth of clothes. We will do extra laundry as needed (i.e. big rainstorm, surprise period, etc.)
Please do not send food in your care packages. We like to keep the nature in nature, and food invites critters into the lodges.
Please also refrain from sending items such as electronics and medications (over the counter or prescription). These items should be handed over to camp staff on move-in day.
P.O. Box 1315
Great Falls, VA 22066
Traveling Players Studio
Tysons Corner Center – DL01
1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons, VA 22102