Introducing our 20th Anniversary Festival partners!

Meet Team #20Fest! In honor of our 20th anniversary year, YPT is launching our performance season with a very special showcase: The 20th Anniversary Festival! On Friday, December 12, 2014, at 7pm at Theater J, YPT will join forces with nine other DC-area theater companies to bring twenty beloved student-written stories back to life onstage. Read on to find out more about all nine partner theaters!

Workshop Visitors Inspire and Get Inspired

Last week, our Young Playwrights’ Workshop participated in their third international exchange of the year. Six Chinese theater artists visited our studio space along with two translators to learn more about theater in the US. It was fitting that the students were in the midst of writing and rehearsing an original play about meeting strangers! Everyone introduced… Continue reading Workshop Visitors Inspire and Get Inspired

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

Love Stinks

New Writers Now! - Mad Love is coming up soon! In preparation for this Anti-Valentine's Day celebration, the YPT staff decided to share some of our worst date stories. Which do you think is truly the worst date? 1. In high school, I went to prom with a guy I had a huge crush on, but… Continue reading Love Stinks

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

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

Ready…Set…Give to the Max for YPT!

I grew up in the era of computers and technology. I order pizza online, take pictures with my phone and post them on Facebook, text instead of calling, and use Google as my go-to. But despite this, I sometimes still feel hopelessly behind the times, as technology, gadgets and social media continue to explode. Confession:… Continue reading Ready…Set…Give to the Max for 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