TRAVELING PLAYERS ENSEMBLE INC Overview
Traveling Players Ensemble was founded in 2003 by Producing Artistic Director Jeanne E. Harrison as a 501(c)(3) professional theatre company based in Great Falls, Virginia. Geared toward teenagers, the mission of Traveling Players 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. During our four- to six-week summer sessions, participants camp out, rehearse, and perform outdoors in beautiful and historic places, like the Shenandoah National Park and Colonial Williamsburg, cultivating stronger, more adaptable and more capable artists and individuals.
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Our son attended Traveling Players Ensemble (TPE) for several years. He made life long friends, gained tremendous confidence, and found a career direction. TPE is a wonderful experience for students. The atmosphere is encouraging, positive, and challenges the students for do their best. TPE ... more »
I have been a student and then a staff member for TPE. As a student, it changed my life: it made me more confident because I was constantly valued by the staff and the fellow students for things I was good at (like cooking for the group on tour and on camp-outs) and encouraged in the things I found ... more »
I became involved with Traveling Players last year as a board member, before my daughter started attending TPE. I was floored by the enthusiasm, commitment to theatre and the outdoors and the dedication that the creative director and her team has to the kids who attend. My middle school-aged ... more »