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

Young Playwrights’ Workshop

The Young Playwrights’ Workshop is YPT’s award-winning student theater ensemble. Members work together to create, develop, rehearse and perform an original play. A professional teaching artist helps the ensemble develop a foundation of theater skills that form the basis for creating new work. Students learn a diverse set of skills: improvisation, stage combat, clowning, solo performance and playwriting. The resulting performance is held at DC's annual Source Festival and attended by a public audience.

Want to join? Registration for the 2015-2016 Workshop is closed, but check again in Fall 2016! 


The Young Playwrights' Workshop Presents...

Coming up:

The Young Playwrights' Workshop Presents...

Scenes, monologues and poems written and performed by the Young Playwrights' Workshop, exploring themes of inclusion and exclusion in high school! Part of the 2016 Source Festival.

Monday, June 13
Source - 1835 14th St. NW
Free and open to the public
Tickets available online starting June 1!

YPT's 2015-2016 Young Playwrights' Workshop

The young playwrights of YPT's 2015-2016 Young Playwrights' Workshop are...

Nikolas Baker
KaMiya Barrett
Zakiya Brock
Antonieta (Michi) Chaj-V
Jerome Clark, Jr.
Sharome Clark
Méstique Colvin
Lorrin Davis
Angelica Edwards
Nakia Greene
Shannon Hayes
Jocelyn Hernandez
Dachauna Johnson
Jasmine Jones
Jorge Martinez
Tracy Thach
More photos and stories to come!


How does the Workshop work? The ensemble is guided by these values, written and agreed upon by its members.





We are a team. We treat every member of the team with respect, and we embrace each other’s differences. It is never okay to make fun of someone’s idea.







We work together by making a thread. We each add a little piece of fiber and in the end we get this rope. We are all linked together by this passion that brings us understanding and abundant knowledge about each other and our world.






We want this program to be a place where a person can freely express their opinions. All ideas are important. All ideas are considered.







We are here to grow as writers and actors.








We depend on each other as a team. We each take pride in our own work and the work of the whole group. We always try our best.








We want people to be inspired by our work. We will create theater that is relevant to our community, and will make people think.





This is not school, and it shouldn’t feel like school. We are here to have fun!



Click on the photo below to see the 2014-2015 Young Playwrights' Workshop rehearsing and performing their full-length, collaborative play, The Art of Understanding!

Chinese Theater Artists Visit the Workshop

On March 28, the Young Playwrights’ Workshop had exciting international guests stop by! Six children’s theater artists from China were in Washington, DC and New York City to learn about theater in the United States, so they visited our studio space to meet some of our students and learn about the Workshop experience. The whole group wrote and performed monologues, and then the visitors got a sneak peek into the Workshop’s process for editing their play to be performed on June 11. Check out the photos on YPT’s Facebook page.



A Visit from Russian Arts Leaders

On February 1, 2012, the Young Playwrights’ Workshop hosted eight arts leaders from throughout Russia in a collaborative intercultural exchange workshop. The visit was sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Citizen Exchanges.

Es Artes

On November 11, 2011, YPT students spent a full day collaborating with students from the EsArtes program of Suchitoto, El Salvador to create theater without boundaries. The students had three hours to create, rehearse and perform their piece at the Canadian Embassy. Despite language barriers, these students played, worked, wrote and performed as a group, reminding everyone at the Embassy of the power of theater to overcome boundaries.