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They act as ushers, greeters, promoters and
spokespeople. They are the YPT Ambassadors and, as
former YPT students, they tell our story like no
one else can.
The participants in YPT's newest program have
already made their mark at our fall performances.
These current and former YPT students are on hand at
each YPT performance to greet new playwrights and
audience members alike, assist with receptions and speak
publicly about the importance of YPT in their artistic
We are grateful for their service
and look forward to all of the ways they will help
to grow YPT.
Ambassadors (L to R)
Kaedy Fischer, Wilson HS
Siera Toney, Banneker HS
De'Vanti Shouff, Bell HS
Nora Spellane, Wilson HS
Josie Guevara Torres, Bell HS (not
Stephanie Reyes, Bell HS (not
YPT Alumni Ambassadors:
Alumni Ambassador Sarah Giffin
tells why YPT means so much
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Young Playwrights' Workshop
students in grades 8-12 are eligible to join the Young
Playwrights Workshop, YPT's on-site afterschool program.
Charlee Mize is the first
student you see in the YPT
Documentary. She stands confidently next to YPT
actor Fatima Quander and invites the audience into the
Fatima - Let us tell you a
Charlee - Yes, let's
"I was amazed when I
saw the YPT Documentary," Charlee enthuses. "I was one
out of a bunch of students that are playwrights. I felt
Charlee is in the 5th grade at
Key Elementary in Washington DC. This fall she
participated in YPT's In-School Playwriting
Program at Fillmore Arts
Center. "I wish I could do it again this spring!" she
says. "Since it's not offered, I think I'll study
Shakespeare, sculpture and geometry."
first play Soccer Dreams told the story of a
girl who was not the best player on her soccer team, but
went on to score a goal in the climactic moment of the
story. This past fall, Charlee helped create a
class play around the Native American myth of the origin
of stories. "I wrote the main character's
monologue and dialogue and a part for the narrator,"
She is also working
independently on a piece about a prisoner in Alcatraz.
"I went to Alcatraz and I was amazed. I thought it was a
cool subject," she says.
Charlee does not
see herself as an actor, but she does enjoy performing
as a musician and dancer. "I want to grow up to be a
famous tap dancer," she says. "I enjoy Hip Hop
too, but the riffs in tap are the best." She hopes to
attend Duke Ellington High School for the Performing
Her advice for any students who are
afraid to write a play is "Just write your feelings in
the play and maybe that can turn out to be the main
character and you can work your problem through."
When asked to describe herself, she says
"I think I'm honest, helpful and I think I make a great
friend." Then she adds, "I also have a rockin'
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