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During fall 2009, YPT worked with over 580 students at twelve schools. Eight have been selected for the New Play Festival.



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Fernando Romero
Promising Playwright October 2006

Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero graduated in May 2006 from Antioch College with a major in theatre.  His life as an actor is one he could have little imagined as a young boy growing up in a mountain village without water or electricity in El Salvador. 
 
The transition from his childhood in El Salvador to his adolescence in Washington was the topic of a play My Story Fernando wrote with YPT.  Fernando first became acquainted with YPT while he was a student at Bell Multicultural High School.  After graduation, YPT offered Fernando a job, first as a receptionist and then as a Program Coordinator from 1999-2002.  Founder Karen Zacarias gave him his first acting job with YPT’s Express Tour. 
 
Fernando says "It was an amazing experience.  If Karen hadn’t given me the opportunity to act with the Express Tour, I probably wouldn’t have decided to study theatre." 
 
Fernando had been accepted by Antioch College upon graduation in 2000 and delayed enrollment only until his legal paperwork came through. 
 
YPT was proud to welcome Fernando back to the fold with his performance in African Roots/Latino Soul in the Fall of 2006 at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre.  Fernando was similarly enthusiastic about the message of the piece "As a Latino, it is your worst fear to be treated differently simply because of where you’re from.  It’s great to be able to tell people about this experience."  
 
UPDATE!! March 2007 – YPT is proud to have Fernando as a member of the newly formed Resident Acting Company. His work in the classroom and on stages throughout the Washington DC area helps to inspire a new generation of playwrights.