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 a professional theater in the DC area and attended by a public audience.

Want to join? Click here for 2015-16 Workshop applications! 

Young Playwrights' Workshop Presents: The Art of Understanding

The Young Playwrights' Workshop Presents: The Art of Understanding
Daring new work written and performed by YPT’s student theater ensemble.

The 2014-15 Young Playwrights’ Workshop presents three original vignettes addressing issues of mental health through a variety of genres and perspectives. Woven together with original poetry, The Art of Understanding explores mental illness via pieces ranging from the confessional to the theatrical and from the comic to the romantic. 

Monday, June 15, 2015
1835 14th St. NW 
Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Part of the 2015 Source Festival, presented by CulturalDC.




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 an album of the 2013-2014 Young Playwrights' Workshop rehearsing and performing their full-length, collaborative play, Chains of Suppression!

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.