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!

Wows, Wonders and Lessons From The 524 Project

About a year ago, YPT teamed up with Detroit-based arts educator InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) and DC documentary film company Meridian Hill Pictures (MHP) to create The 524 Project, a cross-country collaboration that connected a class at Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC with one at Western International High School in Detroit. Named after the 524 miles… Continue reading Wows, Wonders and Lessons From The 524 Project

A Day at the Canadian Embassy with YPT

Reflections from a YPT Board Member A few weeks ago, I spent time at the Canadian Embassy with some of our YPT students and fifteen students from Suchitoto, El Salvador, and it was fabulous! With our Program Manager Nicole Jost acting as their teaching artist, the two groups of students worked together to develop four… Continue reading A Day at the Canadian Embassy with 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

So…Should We Build the Good Neighbor?

As I watched the Express Tour Showcase for the fourth time on Saturday night, I was amazed that I could still find something new and exciting to anticipate in the show. Of course I still enjoyed seeing Alex Perez flounce around the stage as a bully in Love, Math, and Martians Don’t Mix, watching Alex Vernon… Continue reading So…Should We Build the Good Neighbor?

Nicole Reflects on Summer at YPT

Summer is kind of a weird time for YPT. School’s out, but we’re still here. There’s stuff going on – the Woodlawn project, a great program with Horizons at Maret, our collaboration with Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program – but it’s not nearly as busy as it will be again in September. During the… Continue reading Nicole Reflects on Summer at YPT

Arts Education Conference Coming in June!

by Gabby Randle Hey there Arts Educators, Here is an amazing opportunity to sharpen your teaching artist skills and hang out with other like minded education leaders from around the country. Check out the Americans for the Arts Half Century Summit’s Arts Education Pre Conference (June 24). The full summit is June 25-27, but there… Continue reading Arts Education Conference Coming in June!