Inspired by the origins of classical theater, when troupes of actors roamed the countryside,Traveling Players Ensemble fuses great theater with the great outdoors ... while nurturing the creativity, skills, and talents of young actors. Working with a performing arts community of nearly 400 children and youth (grades 4-12), TPE is truly one-of-a-kind. Programs are varied – including one- to seven-week summer camps, weekend immersion courses, and 10-week classes during the academic year – and almost all include TPE’s signature touring feature. Actors camp out, swim, and hike, but also rehearse and perform the classics in ensembles of 12-15, often outdoors or in nontraditional venues like hospitals and libraries. Works by Shakespeare and Moliere teach kids to explore life’s great themes – love, conflict, honor – in an environment that encourages self-expression, physical health, teamwork, and professionalism.TPE boasts a 70% student retention rate, and a generous scholarship program ensures that any committed young actor can join. Indeed, all the world is a stage ... and for these kids, you can play an important part.