Shakespeare Troupe (grades 9 - 12)

Shakespeare Troupe | Theatre Conservatory Program

Theatre Conservatory
for Actors & Technicians

The National Endowment for the Arts identified Shakespeare Troupe as offering challenges unlike any other pre-college theatre program in the nation.

Directed by Jeanne E. Harrison, Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Shakespeare Troupe is our Theatre Conservatory for dedicated students eager to sink their teeth into linguistically and physically challenging plays.  Our program reflects the origins of theatre when troupes of actors roamed the ancient and medieval countryside, relying on the barest props and boldest imagination to convey their art.

Troupe rehearses a full-length professionally directed and designed Shakespearean play — then takes the show on the road with a performance tour to amphitheaters throughout Virginia, including professional stages, cultivating stronger, more adaptable and capable artists and individuals.  This rigorous six week summer program offers high schoolers the experience of a professional-level production.

Actors are carefully guided by a trio of directors - acquiring advanced acting techniques that lead to new levels of boldness and subtlety. Technicians work closely with professional designers - gaining new skills as well as new portfolio pieces.

This immersive and holistic experience allows our elite high school actors & technicians to attain a new level of artistry, confidence, leadership, and independence.

"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."

– Parent


current grades 9 - 12 | $9700

By audition & interview only.
  • June 23 — August 2   (6 weeks)
    • Mid-summer Vacation: July 12 (11:30 am) – July 14 (1:00 pm)
    • Tour: July 24 – July 31

Audition Dates:
Acting spots are now full for Troupe 2024. Check out Shakespeare Ensemble and/or the Comedy Intensive!

Monologue: Please memorize & present a monologue selection of 14 - 18 lines from any Shakespeare play other than Hamlet.

Tech Interview Dates:

Full for Summer 2024. Please see our Technical Theatre Apprenticeship for other options.

Interview Material

LIMITED SPACE: We can only accept 15 actors & 2 technicians. Priority is given to those who audition/interview first.
Take me to Out-of-the-Area Auditions/Interviews!Take me to Discounts!
Comedy of Errors (2017) - Trailer
Romeo & Juliet (2023) - Combat: Rehearsal to Performance

Camp Discounts

Early Bird: $500 off if you audition/interview before January 31.
*Please note programs only have one audition/interview date a month. Please refer to desired program for latest dates.

Sibling Discount: $200 off for each additional sibling.

Spread-the-Word Rebate: $50 for each audition & $200 for each enrollment.

Need-based Financial Aid is available for all programs. Please contact Emma Mearns for more information.

Out-of-the-Area Auditions & Interviews

Can't come in person? No problem! We are happy to schedule a Zoom meeting with you. We'll invite students who have been accepted into your desired program to fill out the Zoom room, making it a more enjoyable experience. Technical Theatre Interviews will remain solo.

Please contact Emma Mearns for more information.

*Please Note: Virtual Auditions & Interviews are only for non-local students. Anyone in the DMV area is expected to join us at one of our in-person dates. Thank you!


P.O. Box 1315
Great Falls, VA 22066


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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