Technical Theatre

Create Costumes, Sets, & Props

Alongside Professional Designers

Technical Theatre Apprentices are considered storytellers as much as stage performers are, and they immerse themselves in the imaginative worlds of our plays. Tech Apprentices work alongside our professional designers, receiving individualized, hands-on training. These young artists learn the tricks of the trade and craftsmanship of theatre and summer stock.

Tech Apprentices explore and gain foundational knowledge in both the costume and scene shop. Then they will choose an area in which to build new skills–either costumes (construction, alterations, and dyeing) or scene shop (props, puppets, and scenic painting). Tech Apprentices will operate as run crews during tech week and performances for Ensemble Festivals. Their experiences preparing for and supporting live performances teaches resiliency, ingenuity, and collaboration–skills for both theatre and life.

The individualized attention from our expert faculty ensures that students grow in both creativity and craftsmanship.

3 or 6 weeks | $5700 - $9700

Costumes, Props, and/or Sets for 4 Productions
Technical Theatre is open to students currently in grades 8 - 12: varying by session.
Limited Space - Interview Soon!
2024 Session Dates:

Session 1: June 23 - July 12 
-grades 8-12
- Only 1 Spot Left
Session 2:
July 14 - August 2 
-grades 8-12
- Only 1 Spot Left
June 23 - August 2 
-grades 9-12
- FULL Summer 2024

Interview Dates:

Rolling. We will schedule with you once we receive your interview registration.

"There are very few life-changing organizations, but Traveling Players is one of them. The artistic growth I experienced at Traveling Players was tremendous, but the personal growth was even more valuable. Traveling Players pushed me to work harder than I ever have, and my instructors supported me every step of the way."

Expert Faculty,

Supporting Skill-Building

At Traveling Players, we believe teens deserve quality training from caring teachers.  The staff in our shops are construction artists as well as designers who are eager to teach the next generation.  Several of our Shop Heads have earned MFAs, worked professionally, and even designed on Broadway.  Our Shop Assistants all have or are currently working on their BA/BFAs. 

With a small number of student technicians, staff are able to tailor their projects to each camper’s skill set and make sure every camper experiences significant growth over the summer.  Our students are set real but achievable challenges in every area of technical theatre.  Some of our advanced students have gone on to serve as lead designer for Traveling Players shows.  

If a Technical Theatre Apprentice will be applying to college for Theatre Tech and Design, then we can identify a special project that the student can solely build and document for their portfolio. 

The Traveling Players Difference

Designed for Each Child to Thrive

Personalized Attention

Your child will flourish with our unusually small 1:4 faculty:student ratio.  We ensure each performer gets the attention they deserve rather than waiting in the wings for their cue.  We make sure they get a chance to shine on stage – and off stage, too. 

Unplugged to Connect

We are phone-free.  Children enjoy camp with open eyes and hearts – not hunched over a screen.  Unplugged from the stress of social media, they can forge real friendships with their peers, making connections that last a lifetime!

Real Growth from Ensemble Support

We affirm each student’s strengths – and then challenge them to keep growing beyond their comfort zone.  Our staff invest in each actor, helping them earn self-confidence.  We train our students to be not only great actors, but also great people.

Experiencing the Great Outdoors

Theatre began as stories told around the campfire. We continue this tradition with a summer camp that feels like summer, teaching our campers outdoor skills like fire-building, campfire cooking, and sleeping in tents!


and Answers

For over 20 years we've been creating great theatre in the great outdoors with teens and pre-teens. Our team will happily walk you through any one of our carefully crafted programs.
More Traveling Players FAQs>>
Didn't get your question answered? No worries! Please contact our team by email ( or phone (703-987-1712).

What do I need to prepare for interviews?

Please bring a portfolio to your interview to discuss. You can find the guidelines below:

Tech Theatre Portfolio

Can my child attend therapy virtually while at camp?

Of course! We have found that the most effective way for campers to attend therapy while at camp is by phone call – that way they are not distracted by notifications from their personal devices when they log on for their appointments. We will provide phones for campers to use – and a hammock might be available, too! If possible, please move their appointment time to between 4:00 – 6:00 pm on a weekday, which is during their free time. Please email with the appointment time and doctor’s phone number.

What is the food like?

Campers eat a delicious, diverse, and healthy menu. Every meal will offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian entree.

Students who have food allergies or other dietary needs should contact after they enroll to discuss their meal needs. If your child has a more restrictive diet, we may ask you to send a “safe box” of favorite foods that can be eaten if the entree being served does not fit within your child’s dietary requirements. (Note: This is only for campers with food allergies.)

How are the campers divided in the lodges?

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.

Where do the campers rehearse/do tech work?

We rehearse outdoors all day, enjoying everything Mother Nature has to offer!
Indoor and outdoor rain spaces keep students safe and rehearsing all day long – no matter the weather!
Both the Costume & Scene shops have AC and large windows which let in natural light – keeping everyone comfortable while working.

What if I can't interview in person?

Unable to audition/interview in person? We still want to see you!

If you live outside the DC-metro area, you can still apply for our summer programs – and we hope you do! Here’s what you do: email Emma Mearns ( for a registration link. Once we have received your registration, we will organize a time to meet with you via Zoom. You may be scheduled to audition with other students or you may be solo. Technical Theatre Interviews will be solo.

In the Zoom room, we'll discuss your portfolio, interests, current skills, what you want to learn, and how summer can help you achieve your goals. You’ll have a chance to ask us questions, too!

Is there Financial Aid?

Yes! We offer need-based financial aid for all programs. You can find more information here or by emailing Emma Mearns (

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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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