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

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

Holly Taylor Petty: It Matters

Jen's Story *Student's name changed to protect privacy School can be a difficult place for students who don't learn in the same way as the majority of their peers. I saw the pain first-hand when Jen, one of my sophomore dance students walked into my classroom. She was not physically handicapped, but I could see… Continue reading Holly Taylor Petty: It Matters

Liza Harbison: It Matters

I grew up on the arts. I drew, sang, danced ballet (as much as one can at five years old), made a miniature world out of clay, played piano, and even attended theater camp. In my tween years, however, popularity was the most important art form of all. Everything my parents liked—and I grew up… Continue reading Liza Harbison: It Matters

Ian Real: It Matters

My name is Ian Real. In my life I have traveled a lot from place to place, and the last place I lived was down south in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That is where I grew a passion for acting. Now, I moved from Argentina to here in DC  in early January, and I thought that… Continue reading Ian Real: It Matters