Corey Smith: It Matters

Two Memories Memory #1: I was on the Speech and Drama team in middle school and I competed with a friend in duo improv. We would walk into a competition room, be given a one sentence prompt, and have two minutes to come up with a scenario to act out together. I was so petrified… Continue reading Corey Smith: It Matters

Nicole Jost: It Matters

Before I was a YPT staff member, I was a YPT student. I was fifteen years old, and I was pretty unhappy. YPT gave me the opportunity to engage in my education, which was something I wasn’t doing very much of at the time. I wrote a play called The Fear and the Pope in… Continue reading Nicole Jost: It Matters

Alex Perez: It Matters

Does it Matter?  Great question, but let me trump that question with…Does it matter…to me? Whoa. Just blew everyone’s mind in the room…in which there is only I, myself writing this right now.  Hmmm...It’s a small room anyway, soooo…ahem. Any-who, I was a very sick child growing up,  I missed a lot of school days… Continue reading Alex Perez: It Matters

Brigitte Pribnow Moore: It Matters

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was painfully shy. I was an excellent student – I got good grades on papers and tests – but I can only remember half a dozen times I voluntarily raised my hand in class. One day after school, my mother was late picking me up. Really… Continue reading Brigitte Pribnow Moore: It Matters

Felipe Cabezas: It Matters

Women and Wallace changed me. Theater played second – or more accurately, third – fiddle throughout my child. You see, I attended the world’s most testosterone-driven grade school: if you didn’t play sports, your classmates would laugh at you, and the teachers would beat you up. (Okay, so that’s an exaggeration. Sports was the extracurricular… Continue reading Felipe Cabezas: It Matters

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.


A few months ago I was tapped to be the Lead Artist for YPT’s Special Project with Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program. YPT would partner with five schools and five community organizations to conduct workshops exploring issues of homelessness. The participants would create original writing exploring the topic and also engage in group discussion.… Continue reading Responsibility

Can Glee Save Arts Education?

James Sims of the Huffington Post thinks so! He makes a great argument for it in his recent article. Here's an excerpt. To read the full article click here. With increasing educational budget cuts sweeping the nation, arts education is often one of the first programs to get slashed. Just as Glee was airing on… Continue reading Can Glee Save Arts Education?

The Need for Arts Education

by David Andrew Snider Recently I talked with a board member from Theatre Communications Group (TCG), of which YPT is a member.   The TCG board was reaching out to all its members to find out what’s happening in our organizations and how TCG can better support us.  At the end of the conversation came the… Continue reading The Need for Arts Education