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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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David Andrew Snider
Producing Artistic Director and CEO

Mr. Snider has been an actor, director, educator, producer, and administrator for over 15 years. He has worked in both the classical repertory of Shakespeare, Shaw and Chekhov, and on the development of new work, with playwrights such as Kenny Lonergan, Femi Osofisan and Karen Zacarias. Over the years he has directed, acted and taught with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Hangar Theatre (as Director of the Hangar’s Lab Company), Playwrights Horizons (as the Robert Moss Resident Director), Jean Cocteau Repertory and the Maddermarket Theatre of Norwich, England. Since joining YPT in 2005, David has reinvigorated the company’s vision and mission, raising the company’s local and national profile while improving the company’s fiscal health and expanding YPT’s infrastructure through several capacity-building projects. Under his leadership, YPT has been awarded commissions from the White House, the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution while establishing the company’s first-ever resident acting company and an advisory panel of nationally-recognized playwrights, including Paula Vogel, Anna Deavere Smith, Sarah Ruhl, Nilo Cruz and Charles Randolph Wright. David has taught master classes in text, directing, acting, voice and Shakespeare in performance as a guest lecturer at the Kennedy Center, the University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Howard University, Dickinson College and as a member of the faculty at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. David received his MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and his BA in English Literature/Russian language from Dickinson College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He is a Directing Fellow of the Drama League of New York, the Vice Chair of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and the current President of the League of Washington Theatres.
Karen Zacarías
Founding Artistic Director

In the 2007-2008 season, Karen had three world premieres: The Book Club Play at Round House Theater (also selected for the 2007 Eugene O’Neill conference and developed with PWC), Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure at the Kennedy Center, and Looking for Roberto Clemente at Imagination Stage (with music by Debbie Wicks La Puma). Karen is the winner of the 2006 Francesca Primus Award for her play, Mariela in the Desert (World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago). Mariela is also the winner the 2005 TCG/AT&T First Stages Award, the 2004 National Latino Playwrights’ Competition, finalist for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn prize, and short listed for 2005 Kesselring Prize. Her play, The Sins of Sor Juana won Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and has been produced throughout the country. Her musical plays for young people have enjoyed productions at The Goodman Theater, The Coterie, Chicago PlayWorks, The Alliance Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arden Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, and St. Louis Rep. The plays include Einstein is a Dummy (world Premiere at the Alliance Theatre), a flamenco version of FERDINAND: THE BULL, the mariachi-inspired The Magical Piñata, and salsa/hip-hop Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans:A Salsa Musical. Currently, Karen is working on commissions from Arena Stage (Emilie and Voltaire...Were Here), Round House Theater (an adaptation of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents), the Kennedy Center, and South Coast Repertory. Karen Z lives in D.C. with her husband Rett, and children Nico, Kati, and baby Maia.

Patrick Torres
Associate Director

Mr. Torres has been a director and educator in the D.C. area for six years.  Prior to joining YPT in 2005, he taught and helped to administrate education programs at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), Round House Theatre, The Hangar Theatre and the University of Southern Mississippi. His local directing credits include Anima (Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint); staged readings of Anima and Soft Cover Hard Core (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); The Boy Who Knew No Fear (Rorschach Theatre); Much Ado about Nothing (Vpstart Crow); and The Tale of Jumping Mouse (Round House Theatre).  He was selected as a Drama League Directing Fellow in 2003, where he served as co-artistic director of the Hanger Theatre Lab Company and was awarded A SSDC Foundation Observership to assist in rehearsal of The Glass Menagerie at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Patrick has an MFA in Directing from University of Southern Mississippi.
Elizabeth Andrews
Community Engagement Manager

Ms. Andrews is a 2006 graduate of NYU’s Masters Program in Educational Theatre, having studied with leading theatre educators in New York, London, Dublin and Puerto Rico. In the Washington area, Ms. Andrews has served as After-school Programs Manager at Interact Story Theatre, Registrar of The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and Founder of The KUUMBA Players in Columbia Heights, a community theatre dedicated to works exploring issues of social justice.  She spearheaded the refurbishment of the Pierce Hall stage at All Souls Church, Unitarian, and led the Players in their first three full productions.  Her original works, Save the Humans and We Are: A Musical Celebration of the Music of Dr. Ysaye Barnwell premiered on the KUUMBA stage. Elizabeth earned her BA in Geography from Penn State University in 1998 with Honors in Geography and Theatre Arts, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Brigitte Pribnow
Development and Production Manager

Ms. Pribnow comes to YPT with both artistic and administrative theatrical experience, and a working knowledge of the non-profit and government world.  Prior to joining YPT, Ms. Pribnow served as Legislative Director to Maryland State Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam. She also served as Artistic Director of The Unmentionable Theatre, a non-profit company committed to re-integrating theater into underserved communities in Baltimore City. During her time with Unmentionable, she produced and directed several new plays by burgeoning playwrights, including Love and Wood, a new play by Erica Lauren McLaughlin, which debuted before a Washington audience at the 2006 D.C. Fringe Festival. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Suma Cum Laude, and an Executive Certificate, in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.