I’m Running for YPT Because …

It’s hard to believe, but the mornings are getting cooler, shelves are stocked with back-to-school supplies, and here at YPT we are gearing up for an amazing new year of programming and performances. Summer is almost over, and in less than two months, YPT staff and friends will be lacing up their running (or walking)… Continue reading I’m Running for YPT Because …

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

Meet the YPT Staff

YPT's 2012 fiscal year began this month, and we could not be more excited to kick off another school year. We invite all of you to meet the FY12 staff and learn more about their roles with the company, and their dreams for the year! David Snider, Producing Artistic Director and CEO Time at YPT: Six years. Role… Continue reading Meet the YPT Staff

The Fight for Equality: YPT Partners with SMYAL

On my way into work this morning, I listened to a call-in advice show on which a sixteen-year old girl from my home state asked for advice about a problem with her mom.  The girl had recently come out as gay, and her mother was threatening to stop paying for her private school, had forbidden… Continue reading The Fight for Equality: YPT Partners with SMYAL

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

Our Playwrights Fear Nothing (Not Even Peanut Butter): Reflections on the New Play Festival

Last week, on April 11-13, YPT presented the 2011 New Play Festival. It was an inspiring experience for YPT's young playwrights, artists, staff and the hundreds of community members who came out to GALA Hispanic Theatre to celebrate with us (we had overflowing houses all three nights!). As YPT's Program Assistant and a New Play… Continue reading Our Playwrights Fear Nothing (Not Even Peanut Butter): Reflections on the New Play Festival

A Really Good Day

Creating, working and learning. All part of our daily lives, parts of who we are. Right now, I am working with YPT on a play I wrote, Flatworm’s Courageous Act, which will be produced by YPT and presented to the public at the New Play Festival, on April 11, 2011, at GALA Hispanic Theatre. My experience with… Continue reading A Really Good Day

Oppression. Rebellion. Unrest. Family. Devotion. Equality. Progress.

These are just some of the issues explored  by 12th grader Ellen Hubbard in her play Mercy Mercy Me, which will be featured in next month’s New Writers Now! - From Civil War to Civil Rights. Mercy Mercy Me focuses on one African American family living in mid-sixties Chicago, at the peak of the Civil… Continue reading Oppression. Rebellion. Unrest. Family. Devotion. Equality. Progress.

YPTimeMachine: Week Two

As YPT launches our 15th birthday celebration, we’re spending a lot of time reflecting on 1995 – both what was popular at the time (snap bracelets and pog collections, anyone?)  and where we were in our own lives.  Some staff members were embarking on new chapters in their adult lives, while others were still navigating… Continue reading YPTimeMachine: Week Two

YPTimeMachine…

As we count down to YPT’s big fifteenth birthday celebration next week (Come share birthday cake with us at the Express Tour Showcase, November 3-6!), we would like to take you on a journey into the past – all the way back to 1995, the very first year of Young Playwrights’ Theater. In 1995 Karen… Continue reading YPTimeMachine…