“What happens when a young person realizes the power of her voice? She becomes the hero of her own story.” YPT’s young playwrights love to write about superheroes. From Supergirl to Tornado Boy and Broccoli Man, some of the most memorable characters created by YPT students wear masks and capes. Why is that? We think… Continue reading Be a #YPThero during YPT’s Hero Week!
YPT's 2015 New Play Festival is just around the corner! This year, our Featured and Finalist Playwrights were so creative that we couldn't fit all their work in one show (or book), so we posted it here! Take a look and join us April 20-22 at 7pm at GALA Hispanic Theatre to see the 2015 New Play Festival live onstage!
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
Around this time two years ago, I was finishing my first semester as a freelance teaching artist, and my first semester with YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program. I had spent the fall semester with a class of eighth graders at Swanson Middle School, teaching them about character and conflict, structure and stage directions, but mostly being… Continue reading YPT’s Fall Semester: Reflecting on the Journey
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
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
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
This past week, on a wet, chilly Monday, YPT welcomed our supporters, students, teachers and community members out of the cold and into GALA Hispanic Theatre for the kick-off of our SIXTEENTH season with New Writers Now! – The Fight for Family, featuring three inspiring new student plays exploring issues and relationships within families (check… Continue reading Kicking Off YPT’s Sixteenth Season
Throughout my primary schooling, I was fortunate enough to have always been a student of the theater. In senior year of high school, I participated in Young Playwrights’ Theater’s In-School Playwriting Program. At the time, I was thrilled to have a creative release built into a school curriculum which was getting old. I was asked… Continue reading Insights from YPT’s Summer Intern