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


 New Writers Now!


Truth and Dare

New Writers Now! Staged Reading 

Four teenage playwrights dare to challenge stereotypes and shatter boundaries in an evening of fearless theater!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 7pm

*Recommended for ages 13 and up.*

Theater J
1529 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Misunderstood characters subvert authority, combat grief and seek revenge in these high-stakes original plays. Leave the kids at home because this event is recommended for ages 13 and up.


Save the Day

New Writers Now! Staged Reading

A family-friendly evening of plays from five of DC’s youngest and most imaginative playwrights!

Monday, November 18, 2013, at 7pm

Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Hijinks ensue when unconventional heroes fight for truth, glory and… chores? Celebrate the start of a new school year with this staged reading of action-packed, hilarious student-written plays!

Click here to download a flier!


New Writers Now!

New Writers Now! is a creative forum for students, artists and community members.

This series of staged readings features professional actors performing plays fresh from the classroom, followed by a community discussion about the plays with the playwrights.

Young writers discover the value of sharing their work and recognize that the community is invested in the stories they tell.


New Writers Now! promotes community dialogue and respect for young artists.

Join us!

The staged reading is a pivotal moment in a playwright’s creative process. The first time the written word is spoken aloud and interpreted by actors is a moment full of power and magic.  This is when jokes land in appreciative guffaws or fall flat in silence, when a play finds its rhythm and begins to chart its course.  It is a thrilling, exciting time for our young playwrights and we invite you to be a part of the magic. 

Through New Writers Now! you get a chance to view the process and provide constructive feedback.  Join us at our next reading!