“One in the Chamber” Response Plays

Excerpts from four response plays to "One in the Chamber", written by members of YPT's Student Advisory Council. See a FREE reading of two of these plays after the final performance of "Chamber" on Sunday, September 6!

Listen Up

Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s trial and subsequent acquittal have sparked a heated and important national conversation. Many intelligent thinkers are trying to make sense of this tragedy, searching for ways that we as a nation can heal and move forward. As I reflect on the work that we at YPT do with young… Continue reading Listen Up

A New Play Festival Adventure to the Galapagos

On April 22 and 23, YPT will present twelve new student-written plays in the 2013 New Play Festival. Join us on Monday, April 22, for seven fun, family-friendly plays, including A Walk in the Woods by fifth grader Ben Perez. Below, hear from Ben about his inspiration for writing an environmentalist play set in Ecuador, and how… Continue reading A New Play Festival Adventure to the Galapagos

5-Line Playwriting Tips from the Experts

It’s the last week of YPT’s 5-Line Playwriting Challenge!  Have you submitted your play yet? We've already received some amazing plays from YPT's super creative community. Check out these teasers below, including this touching play sent to us from our Young Playwrights’ Workshop alumna, Reyna Rios: I LOVE YOU Jasmine: Hi, (shakes Martin’s his hand)… Continue reading 5-Line Playwriting Tips from the Experts

Announcing YPT’s 5-Line Playwriting Challenge

This winter, YPT is turning the tables and giving our supporters the chance to be playwrights! YPT couldn’t ask for better supporters. Over the years, you’ve packed houses at performances, participated in our online contests, joined the conversation on Facebook, gotten 15 to give 15, and run an 8k for us, all helping us grow… Continue reading Announcing YPT’s 5-Line Playwriting Challenge

Supergirl’s Training Journal

Calling all YPT superheroes! Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause™ is officially one month away!  We can’t wait to run with all our friends and supporters on October 14th! As we enter the final stretch, we’ve recruited the ultimate trainer – our very own Supergirl, YPT's 8k team leader and star of our recent reality show training video!… Continue reading Supergirl’s Training Journal

Training Tips from Flatworm

Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause™ is now almost six weeks away!  We are so excited to see all the friends and community members who have registered to participate in the race for YPT, and we can’t wait for October. We’ve been training all summer, but we all know it can be hard to stay motivated. … Continue reading Training Tips from Flatworm

Introducing YPT’s Race for a Cause™ Superhero Teams!

Have you heard the exciting news? This fall, YPT is thrilled to be partnering with Acumen Solutions for their 4th Annual Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1Mile Fun Run race on October 14, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia!  YPT was selected as one of ten charities benefitting from the race. It’s up to each runner… Continue reading Introducing YPT’s Race for a Cause™ Superhero Teams!

Spotlight on Sam Burris: YPT Featured Playwright

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

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