Parting Words from YPT Students

This year, three YPT superstars - Sam Burris, Nana Gongadze and Anna Vargas - graduated from high school. All three have been in our work since middle school, have had their plays produced and were long-term members of our Student Advisory Council. Most recently, Sam and Anna interned with us as part of their "Senior Experience"… Continue reading Parting Words from YPT Students

The 2016 New Play Festival – Playwright Speeches

YPT's 2016 New Play Festival featured fifteen hilarious, touching, charming and empowering plays written by young playwrights from across the DC area. From stories of time travel and magical homework to dance-offs and basketball showdowns, these fifteen plays shared the powerful voices of some of DC's most exciting young artists! Before the performance of their play, each… Continue reading The 2016 New Play Festival – Playwright Speeches

Playwriting Competitions

YPT classrooms are overflowing with talent, and many students are inspired to continue writing after our residency in the classroom ends. We love that playwriting has become an important platform for our students, and we want to pass along several playwriting competitions that focus on young artists and provide an opportunity for recognition, a chance… Continue reading Playwriting Competitions

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

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

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

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 …

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