Reflections on the Lincoln Heights Arts Camp

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

Parting Words from YPT Students

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

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

Introducing our 20th Anniversary Festival partners!

Meet Team #20Fest! In honor of our 20th anniversary year, YPT is launching our performance season with a very special showcase: The 20th Anniversary Festival! On Friday, December 12, 2014, at 7pm at Theater J, YPT will join forces with nine other DC-area theater companies to bring twenty beloved student-written stories back to life onstage. Read on to find out more about all nine partner theaters!

The Rogue Race

Teaching is hard every day. Even when my lesson plan is clear and my students are completely absorbed and engaged, teaching is really hard. I feel the same way about running. It doesn’t matter if it’s a humid July afternoon in DC or a cool spring morning, whether I’m jogging on the treadmill or stumbling… Continue reading The Rogue Race

Supergirl’s Training Journal

Calling all YPT superheroes! Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause™ is officially one month away!  We can’t wait to run with all our friends and supporters on October 14th! As we enter the final stretch, we’ve recruited the ultimate trainer – our very own Supergirl, YPT's 8k team leader and star of our recent reality show training video!… Continue reading Supergirl’s Training Journal

Training Tips from Flatworm

Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause™ is now almost six weeks away!  We are so excited to see all the friends and community members who have registered to participate in the race for YPT, and we can’t wait for October. We’ve been training all summer, but we all know it can be hard to stay motivated. … Continue reading Training Tips from Flatworm

I’m Running for YPT Because …

It’s hard to believe, but the mornings are getting cooler, shelves are stocked with back-to-school supplies, and here at YPT we are gearing up for an amazing new year of programming and performances. Summer is almost over, and in less than two months, YPT staff and friends will be lacing up their running (or walking)… Continue reading I’m Running for YPT Because …

April Pizza Adventures Part IV: RedRocks Pizzeria

We did it!  A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our pizza party fundraising marathon this April. We had a great time exploring local pizza joints, raising money for the New Play Festival, and sampling all kinds of pizza. On Wednesday, April 18, RedRocks Pizzeria in Columbia Heights very generously agreed to donate… Continue reading April Pizza Adventures Part IV: RedRocks Pizzeria

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