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.

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 CampEasy.com
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
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Traveling Players Ensemble is: Less than $500k

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