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Subject: YPT Wire July 2009 - Meet Mercedes Gramajo
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Summer with Horizons at Maret
Mercedes Gramajo: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 34 July 2009
YPT Works With Horizons at Maret
Big SmileThis summer YPT is offering programming in conjunction with Horizons at Maret. The Horizons program aims to prevent a summer decline in academic retention, foster a love of learning, bolster academic achievement, and improve school attendance.  Students from H.D. Cooke and Bancroft Elementary Schools meet at Maret throughout the summer and are instructed in reading, math, the arts and swimming.  A group of seventeen rising sixth graders are working with YPT three times a week to develop and perform an original play about vampire soccer players.

Special thanks to the England Family Foundation for their support of this wonderful program and collaboration.
Mercedes Gramajo
Mercedes GramajoPromising Playwright
"YPT is fun. I consider the staff like my family, because I've been here for so long. I feel comfortable." 
         -  Mercedes Gramajo
Mercedes Gramajo has been working with Young Playwrights' Theater since 2007, first as a student in the In-School Playwriting Program at Bell Multicultural High School, then as a participant in the Young Playwrights' Workshop for three semesters.  She has written original plays, performed her own writing, and served as an actress for other students' plays as well. 

Mercedes graduated from Bell Multicultural High School in June.  This summer she is working with YPT as an intern, with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Mercedes is an assistant teacher for the Horizons at Maret program, and also provides support in the YPT office.
Her real passion is for performance.  "When I was in elementary school, my teacher gave me a solo. I liked the feedback I got from the audience," Mercedes says.  "Ever since then I've felt that performance is a part of me. It's something that I have to do."
Mercedes will begin her college career at Bowie State in the fall. She hopes to transfer after one year to Virginia Commonwealth University and major in theater or mass communications/broadcast journalism.
"My dream is to perform on Broadway," she says. "But first I need to learn more about the foundations of theater. I've studied with YPT and the Studio Theater, but I need to learn more. I'm taking it step by step."

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