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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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Daniel Nguyen
Promising Playwright, September 2009
"When I got up to read my part in front of the big audience, I thought I might embarrass myself. But I didn’t. That feels pretty good." 
         -  Daniel Nguyen
 
This summer Daniel Nguyen participated in the Horizons at Maret program, and worked with his classmates and YPT to create an original play about vampires and soccer. The class then performed a staged reading of their original play A Very Strange Soccer Game for all of the students in the Horizons program.
 
"Everybody did pretty well," Daniel reports. "They all got their lines right. Nobody messed up."
 
"I like theater," Daniel says. "We have drama at my new school." Formerly a student at HD Cooke Elementary School, this Columbia Heights resident has transferred to Capital City Public Charter School for the 2009-10 school year. He is in the 6th grade.
 
When he’s not in school, Daniel likes to read and play checkers with his sister, Anna. "I usually win," he says, nonchalantly. Daniel is 11. His sister is 10.
 
His favorite book is Captain Underpants. He says he doesn’t watch TV much because he’s always reading.
 
"I like to play video games," Daniel adds. "When I grow up I want to be a game designer. My games will be full of action." 
 
Click here to see the photo album from this summer’s playwriting program with Horizons at Maret. 
 
For more Promising Playwrights click here.