Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young
people to realize the power of their own voices.

 New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices.

Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater honors plays from a diverse group of YPT students in a production that celebrates the playwright’s craft.

Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. 

YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers.

Objective:  The New Play Festival celebrates and honors the work of our young playwrights.
The 2016 New Play Festival

YPT's 2016 New Play Festival will be unlike any other we have held before!

Most years, the Festival takes place over two or three nights at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights. This year, however, we're doing something different.

As YPT's Dream Impact Map takes us into more and more communities outside of Ward 1, we have begun looking for ways to make our performances more accessible to our playwrights and their families.

That is why the 2016 New Play Festival will take place over three weeks, at three different venues across DC!

Night One: Monday, April 11, 2016 at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Night Two: Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Anacostia Playhouse

Night Three: Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Logan Fringe Arts Space

Each night of the New Play Festival will feature plays written by students who live nearby, regardless of their age or grade level. Stay tuned for more information about the 2016 Featured Plays and locations!

"It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - The Helen Villegas Documentary
By iCD Productions

In the spring of 2014, documentary filmmakers at Corcoran College of Art + Design produced a short film on one of our 2014 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights, Helen Villegas. 

Helen, a student at Bell Multicultural High School, had written a stirring play called It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess... that our company performed on Night Three of the New Play Festival. The film premiered shortly thereafter!

We are incredibly proud of Helen and excited to share her work in this way. Without further ado, we present "It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - the documentary of Helen Villegas!



Special thanks to Benjamin Katz and the iCD Productions team for creating this beautiful film.

Past New Play Festivals

To see photos, video and information on past New Play Festivals, follow the links below.



New Play Festival 2015






 New Play Festival 2014





New Play Festival 2013







New Play Festival 2012





New Play Festival 2011







New Play Festival 2010







New Play Festival 2009







New Play Festival 2008






New Play Festival 2007





To view production history prior to 2007, click here.