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Seeking Talented Writers and Actors
2008-09 New Writers Now! Season
Mayra Rivera: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 24 September 2008
Seeking Talented Writers and Actors
WHAT: YPT is now accepting applications for our fall 2008 Young Playwrights' Workshop. Students in grades 8-12 may apply to be a part of a select group of artists working as an ensemble at YPT's headquarters during after school time.
4:00 - 5:30  Tuesdays      Resident Company     Focus on Acting
4:00 - 5:30  Wednesdays  Resident Playwrights  Focus on Playwriting 
Workshops will begin SEPTEMBER 23rd and 24th and run every week through December 3rd (except week of Thanksgiving).    
WHO: Students who are currently enrolled in DC schools in grades 8-12 may apply. 
Announcing the 2008-09 New Writers Now! Season
Green Growing and OriginalWe are proud to announce the new season of New Writers Now!
This year, YPT is partnering with GALA Hispanic Theatre to bring you a series of six staged readings centered around themes important to our students and our community.
The first New Writers Now! will be Celebrating Community
Monday, October 27th
In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
How does theater reflect and shape our community?   
Mayra Rivera
MayraPromising Playwright 
"I like to express myself creatively," says Mayra Rivera, a twelfth grader at Bell Multicultural High School.
Mayra likes to draw, paint and create jewelry. "I try to find ways to see something different, rather than just a strand of beads," she says.
Mayra is also a gifted writer. Her play, Love What!? No!? Me a 10 Year Old?! What? Uh-oh!! was featured in last year's Express Tour and seen by over 1000 people throughout the Washington area.  Children and adults were delighted by her original tale of Jaquelyn and her "friend" Stinky Brian.  She captured the discomfort, earnestness and hilarity of an elementary school love triangle.  
Mayra is planning to apply to become a part of theYoung Playwrights' Workshop. "I'd like to write a book," she says. "I sometimes get discouraged, but I have so many ideas."
Mayra has great advice for other young writers: "Some people think that the fact that they're young means that nobody will listen. Through YPT I learned that people do listen. Just express yourself and don't care what other people say." 
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