The 2016 New Play Festival – Playwright Speeches

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

5-Line Playwriting Tips from the Experts

It’s the last week of YPT’s 5-Line Playwriting Challenge!  Have you submitted your play yet? We've already received some amazing plays from YPT's super creative community. Check out these teasers below, including this touching play sent to us from our Young Playwrights’ Workshop alumna, Reyna Rios: I LOVE YOU Jasmine: Hi, (shakes Martin’s his hand)… Continue reading 5-Line Playwriting Tips from the Experts

Announcing YPT’s 5-Line Playwriting Challenge

This winter, YPT is turning the tables and giving our supporters the chance to be playwrights! YPT couldn’t ask for better supporters. Over the years, you’ve packed houses at performances, participated in our online contests, joined the conversation on Facebook, gotten 15 to give 15, and run an 8k for us, all helping us grow… Continue reading Announcing YPT’s 5-Line Playwriting Challenge

Spotlight on Sam Burris: YPT Featured Playwright

Sam Burris was a student in YPT’s In School Playwriting Program at Swanson Middle School last semester.  His play, The Stranger, deals with a young war veteran battling his demons after returning to the United States. Sam gives this tale a unique twist through his personification of Fear as the protagonist’s opponent.  Below, Sam talks… Continue reading Spotlight on Sam Burris: YPT Featured Playwright

Workshop Visitors Inspire and Get Inspired

Last week, our Young Playwrights’ Workshop participated in their third international exchange of the year. Six Chinese theater artists visited our studio space along with two translators to learn more about theater in the US. It was fitting that the students were in the midst of writing and rehearsing an original play about meeting strangers! Everyone introduced… Continue reading Workshop Visitors Inspire and Get Inspired

YPT’s Top 10 of 2011

As we wrapped up another exciting year and wondered how it was already 2012, I read a lot of year-end lists. Albums, documentaries, political blunders, celebrity breakups… December was filled with lists meant to sum up the best (and worst) of the year. Well, how did YPT fare this past year? You decide! Here are… Continue reading YPT’s Top 10 of 2011

A Meaningful Gift for Cyber Monday

Today is Cyber Monday – the biggest online shopping day of the year. You have probably already received dozens of emails from online retailers with exclusive, one-day-only deals. As you work off your turkey hang-over and get a head-start on holiday shopping today, I urge you to consider making a meaningful gift that will wow… Continue reading A Meaningful Gift for Cyber Monday

Ready…Set…Give to the Max for YPT!

I grew up in the era of computers and technology. I order pizza online, take pictures with my phone and post them on Facebook, text instead of calling, and use Google as my go-to. But despite this, I sometimes still feel hopelessly behind the times, as technology, gadgets and social media continue to explode. Confession:… Continue reading Ready…Set…Give to the Max for YPT!

What We Value: The Young Playwrights’ Workshop

I started working with the after-school Young Playwrights’ Workshop last spring. Our students inspired me. (It was not surprising – our students inspire me constantly.) Here was a group of people that were so supportive of one another, so courageous with their art form, so happy to share their thoughts and dreams. Basically, they were a… Continue reading What We Value: The Young Playwrights’ Workshop

Calling All Designers: Innovate for YPT

YPT is excited to announce our first ever t-shirt design contest! We are looking for designs that capture the idea of “Innovation through Arts Education.” The winning design will be announced on November 7, 2011. Innovation through Arts Education, huh? So what does that mean? As President Barack Obama said in his 2011 State of… Continue reading Calling All Designers: Innovate for YPT