Fernando Romero: It Matters

Fernando Romero graduated in May 2006 from Antioch College with a major in theater.  His life as an actor is one he could have little imagined as a young boy growing up in a mountain village in El Salvador. The transition from his childhood in El Salvador to his adolescence in DC was the topic of a… Continue reading Fernando Romero: It Matters

The Best Experience I Ever Had in School

Check out this beautiful letter to YPT from Saviya Brown. Saviya, a junior at Bell Multicultural High School, wrote the play Taken 4 Granted, which will premiere in the New Play Festival, on April 13, at 7:30pm, at GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th Street NW). **************************************************************************************************************************** Dear YPT Reading Committee and YPT staff: I would love… Continue reading The Best Experience I Ever Had in School

History in the Making: Reflections from New Writers Now!

On Monday, February 7, 2011, an unprecedented number of community members from all over the DC metro area filled every available seat in GALA Hispanic Theatre to enjoy New Writers Now! – From Civil War to Civil Rights. YPT presented original plays that explore the ways our history shapes us today, including I am a… Continue reading History in the Making: Reflections from New Writers Now!

Oppression. Rebellion. Unrest. Family. Devotion. Equality. Progress.

These are just some of the issues explored  by 12th grader Ellen Hubbard in her play Mercy Mercy Me, which will be featured in next month’s New Writers Now! - From Civil War to Civil Rights. Mercy Mercy Me focuses on one African American family living in mid-sixties Chicago, at the peak of the Civil… Continue reading Oppression. Rebellion. Unrest. Family. Devotion. Equality. Progress.

whYPT? Let’s Ask the Students…

In the end, the answer to “whYPT?” is the students. For the last few weeks, we have been sharing the perspectives of staff and teaching artists on why YPT matters. But why do students actually take the time to imagine, write and turn in plays to their Teaching Artists during the In-School Playwriting Program? Why, after… Continue reading whYPT? Let’s Ask the Students…

YPT Goes on a Field Trip

On Thursday, November 4th, we took two hundred twenty-eight students to see Ameriville, the new play by performance ensemble UNIVERSES, at Round House Theatre. Yeah. TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT STUDENTS. It took a lot of work to get all of them from school to the theater and back again, but it was totally worth it. Field… Continue reading YPT Goes on a Field Trip

YPTimeMachine…

As we count down to YPT’s big fifteenth birthday celebration next week (Come share birthday cake with us at the Express Tour Showcase, November 3-6!), we would like to take you on a journey into the past – all the way back to 1995, the very first year of Young Playwrights’ Theater. In 1995 Karen… Continue reading YPTimeMachine…