After a recent exploration of “New Haven-style” pizza at Pete’s Apizza, for YPT’s next pizza party we decided to travel further down the east coast for some authentic, New York style pizza. On April 12, Flippin’ Pizza in Dupont Circle generously hosted a “Community Builders” night for YPT, donating 50% of proceeds from YPT supporters. … Continue reading April Pizza Adventures Part II: Flippin’ Pizza
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
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
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.
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
As we wrapped up another exciting year and wondered how it was already 2012, I read a lot of year-end lists. Albums, documentaries, political blunders, celebrity breakups… December was filled with lists meant to sum up the best (and worst) of the year. Well, how did YPT fare this past year? You decide! Here are… Continue reading YPT’s Top 10 of 2011
Ready to be inspired? Starting today, in honor of the holiday season, YPT will be counting down The Twelve Days of YPT. But instead of pipers piping and partridges in pear trees, for the next twelve days, YPT will be profiling one student per day that we’ve had the honor of working with this year. These… Continue reading Introducing The Twelve Days of YPT!