Celebrating a Season of New Plays

In 2011, YPT students wrote more than 700 new plays. That’s a staggering number! And just like literary managers at theaters across the country, we’re overwhelmed with more amazing work than we could possibly put on stage. That’s why we send actors directly into the classroom, so all of our playwrights can hear a selection… Continue reading Celebrating a Season of New Plays

What’s So Great About YPT? Ask the Students.

This Wednesday evening, a group of very special guests dropped by our YPT Board meeting. Five members of YPT’s Young Playwrights' Workshop and new Student Advisory Council shared pizza and cookies with our Board of Directors and talked about their experience working with YPT. They had participated in YPT programming in a variety of ways –… Continue reading What’s So Great About YPT? Ask the Students.

YPT’s Fall Semester: Reflecting on the Journey

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

What Students Say About YPT…

For your viewing pleasure, we compiled all the language from our 2010-11 qualitative student assessments to capture a snapshot of what our students say about YPT. Click on the photo below to view a full-size version of the image. What are the first words that come to mind when you think of YPT? Nicole Program Manager

A Meaningful Gift for Cyber Monday

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

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

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

Vanessa Strickland: It Matters

Afternoons with Dad One of my fondest collection of memories of the presence of art in my life was when I was in preschool.  By this age, I was already drawing with crayons on endless reams of paper, playing with stuffed animals and dolls as if they were real, and listening to all kinds of… Continue reading Vanessa Strickland: It Matters

Laurie Ascoli: It Matters

When I was in kindergarten, my teacher told my mom that she feared I wasn’t able to distinguish fantasy from reality.  I don’t think I was ever at that point, but I do know that my imagination was completely out of control and didn’t know what to do with itself at school.  At home I… Continue reading Laurie Ascoli: It Matters