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Mission Statement

Traveling Players' mission is to enhance problem-solving skills, self-reliance, self-expression, and a heightened appreciation of both challenges and beauty by bringing great theatre into the great outdoors.

Our mission reflects the earliest origins of theatre, when traveling minstrels and theatre troupes roamed the ancient and medieval countryside, relying on the barest props and the boldest imagination to convey their art.


Founded in 2003 by educator and Producing Artistic Director Jeanne E. Harrison, Traveling Players Ensemble is year-round classical theatre program serving students from the Washington, DC metro area. Our goal is to provide an outstanding theatre experience for young adults that will contribute to their maturity and foster a lifelong love of both theatre and the outdoors while meeting rigorous artistic and educational standards.

In addition to field trips and private lessons during the school year, Traveling Players' central activity is a classical theatre summer campfor ages 11-18.Ensembles camp out weekly and rehearse weekdays outdoors at the 376-acre Madeira School in McLean, VA. Curriculum includes:

  • classical acting
  • improvisation
  • stage combat
  • textual interpretation and history
  • Laban movement
  • team-building exercises
  • outdoor ethics
  • camping skills
Students give public performances of a classical pieces at a variety of outdoor locations, like the Shenandoah National Park and Colonial Williamsburg.



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