|KAREN ZACARIAS TO RECEIVE
YPT's GIVING VOICE AWARD
YPT's Founding Artistic Director Karen Zacarias
will be the first recipient of
the newly established Giving Voice Award at
the opening night of the 2009 New Play Festival.
"Karen embodies the YPT mission wherever she
goes," says Producing Artistic Director, David
"It is her spirit and vision that inspired and
continues to inspire our work. Today, as she works
continually as a playwright throughout the country, she
champions YPT wherever she goes and serves as one of our
best ambassadors. We are establishing this award
to honor extraordinary individuals like Karen, those who
inspire and empower others to realize their potential as
individuals and artists," David Snider says.
"Tens of thousands of students, their families
and communities have grown and benefited
from her inspiration.
It's an honor to pay homage to her with this first
award. It sets the bar high for winning this
award and allows us to begin this new tradition where it
all started, with Karen."
Don't miss this
important event. Mark your calendars now and make plans
to attend opening night of the New Play
Festival on April 6th.
is our traveling production of vibrant new
plays. Student plays are brought to life by professional
actors in an energetic, fully staged performance.
The tour inspires creativity and introduces diverse
audiences to the voice of a new generation.
company travels to a wide variety of community venues
including schools, theaters and hospitals.
Call 202-387-9173 or write to email@example.com to book the tour
for your site this April and May!
Or catch the
Express Tour at one of our public showcase
"If YPT hadn't come into my classroom that day, I
wouldn't have this passion to write," Kamilia Epps said
as she spoke to the audience after her play For
Which It Stands
was presented at New Writers
Kamilia wrote her play in 2005, as part of
YPT's In-School playwriting program at Bell
Multicultural High School. She is now a college student
and contract employee for the Department of Labor and
was thrilled to see her work performed by professional
actors. "I felt like a god in a sense, just sitting
there seeing something that I have created being brought
to life," Kamilia says. "Not to mention the actors
performed the characters exactly the way I imagined
them, or better."
For Which It
Stands unpacks the American idea of manifest
destiny in sophisticated and surprising ways. She
explores the concept of US expansion through such
diverse and historical characters as Chief Seattle,
James Polk, fugitive slave Anthony Burns as well as
Northern and Southern soldiers and Mexican
citizens. "I liked the idea of being able to use
the arts to illustrate an issue that has transcended
through time. So, playwriting has helped me to express
myself in a creative way; thinking beyond the facts and
asking, what if?" Kamilia says.
researched manifest destiny Kamilia herself says that
she became "a bit obsessed. My parents thought I was
like a mad scientist."
"In the next few
years, I hope to have written something else that gains
some sort of attention," Kamilia says. She advises
other young playwrights, "If you're afraid to write,
you're afraid to think. Writing is just bringing
everything within your head to the paper and
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