Each month during our 25th anniversary season, YPT will share a thoughtful reflection from a member of our YPT community. If you'd like to share how a single moment with YPT affected you as a former student, teaching artist, actor, staff member, supporter, volunteer or as any other role with YPT, please contact Teshonne Powell… Continue reading A Moment in Time at YPT with Jorge Martinez
This spring, Program Director Jared Shamberger had the pleasure of meeting the students of Magruder Park Recreation Center’s after-school program. Located in Hyattsville, Maryland, the recreation center serves as a place for youth to play and learn. Through two introductory workshops, Jared showed the students the power of storytelling through plays. “At first I thought… Continue reading YPT Secures New Partnership in Hyattsville, Maryland
In July 2016, YPT held our first-ever multidisciplinary arts camp: the Lincoln Heights Arts Camp! Led by YPT staff and local artists, campers explored the faces and places of Northeast DC through photography, playwriting, audio design and visual art. The camp culminated in a final showcase, where campers read excerpts from their plays and showed off… Continue reading Reflections on the Lincoln Heights Arts Camp
This year, three YPT superstars - Sam Burris, Nana Gongadze and Anna Vargas - graduated from high school. All three have been in our work since middle school, have had their plays produced and were long-term members of our Student Advisory Council. Most recently, Sam and Anna interned with us as part of their "Senior Experience"… Continue reading Parting Words from YPT Students
YPT's 2016 New Play Festival featured fifteen hilarious, touching, charming and empowering plays written by young playwrights from across the DC area. From stories of time travel and magical homework to dance-offs and basketball showdowns, these fifteen plays shared the powerful voices of some of DC's most exciting young artists! Before the performance of their play, each… Continue reading The 2016 New Play Festival – Playwright Speeches
“I’m not just writing for myself, I’m writing for everybody.” - Dominique Butler The young playwrights that YPT serves are all immensely gifted: smart and creative; funny and dramatic; profoundly invested in the world they create on the page. All go on to do great things, and many who complete our In-School Playwriting Program choose… Continue reading Who’s Next? Dominique Butler and YPT’s Young Artist Fellowship
“What happens when a young person realizes the power of her voice? She becomes the hero of her own story.” YPT’s young playwrights love to write about superheroes. From Supergirl to Tornado Boy and Broccoli Man, some of the most memorable characters created by YPT students wear masks and capes. Why is that? We think… Continue reading Be a #YPThero during YPT’s Hero Week!