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. Serving a performing arts community of over 800 kids (grades 3-12), programs are varied – including summer camps, weekend immersion courses, and 10-week classes during the school year – and almost all incorporate TPE’s signature touring feature. Actors camp out, swim, and hike, but also rehearse and perform the classics, often outdoors or in nontraditional venues like hospitals and libraries. While exploring Shakespeare and Moliere, kids learn self-expression, physical health, teamwork, and professionalism. TPE boasts a 70% student retention rate, and scholarships ensure that any committed young actor can join. All the world's a stage ... and for these kids, you can play an important part.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: Thus far in 2015 -- master classes in theatre departments: ; Herndon MS (Fairfax County); Thoreau MS (Fairfax County); Carson MS (Fairfax County); Georgetown Day School -- MS (DC)

Awards & Recognition

2015--Commissioned play Pandora Fire goes to publication; TPE 5-7th grade actors listed as original cast
2015--Named the #1 arts camp in the nation by
2015-2006--Selected to perform at Reston's Multicultural Festival, our middle schoolers representing France or Italy with Moliere or Carlo Gozzi
2013--Commissioned play Ariadne's Thread goes to publication; TPE 5-7th grade actors listed as original cast
Three of our students have represented their states in the finals of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud competition. (In Virginia alone, 11,000 students enter this competition.)
2010--Ranked a Priority 1 arts nonprofit as “critical to the cultural life of the community” by the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA)
2010--Featured on WAMU's "Metro Connection"
2010-2006--Selected to perform at the International Children's Festival, our middle schoolers representing France or Italy with Moliere or Carlo Gozzi
2007--selected one of 25 model Summer Schools in the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
2007--featured in Washington Post article about local camps that meaningfully combat ‘nature-deficit disorder’
2005--Invited to perform Much Ado at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
2004--Featured on WAMU's "Metro Connection"
2003--Hailed as "a little-known gem for the budding actor" by The Washington Post


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
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  • The current budget for Traveling Players Ensemble is: Less than $500k

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