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The New Play Festival Video Series: Episode Three
Calling All Teaching Artists!
Ann Gill: Promising Playwright

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Issue: # 54   April 2011
A Special Announcement

YPT Associate Artistic Director Patrick TorresThe New Play Festival is only days away, and we have some exciting news to share. This Monday, April 11, 2011, on the opening night of the Festival, we invite you to join us in honoring YPT Associate Artistic Director

Patrick Torres with The Giving Voice Award.


Patrick will leave Washington, DC this spring to join Theater Action Project in Austin, as their new Director of Middle and High School Programs. He is excited to use his nine years of experience as an arts educator in DC to help young people in his home state of Texas discover their voices through theater.


The Giving Voice Award honors extraordinary people who dedicate their lives to empowering and inspiring others. In the past nine years, Patrick has exemplified this value. In his six years with YPT, Patrick has:


  • Developed in-depth assessment and evaluation tools for the
    In-School Playwriting Program, allowing YPT to demonstrate the positive impact we're having on student growth.  
  • Developed standards-based curricula for all YPT programs, making YPT's program model completely replicable throughout Greater Washington and nationally.  
  • Expanded YPT's ability to work with students inside and outside the classroom, allowing us to continue to serve students for many years beyond their first program experience.  
  • Served more than 4,000 students in YPT programs since 2005.

    Most importantly, every student who has ever worked with Patrick has come away from the experience enlightened and empowered - and excited to work with him again. 


    Please join us at the New Play Festival , on Monday, April 11, 2011, at 7:30pm, as we celebrate Patrick Torres, and then stay for an amazing evening of professional performances of new plays by our younger students. Click here for the line-up.


                       Patrick and Gerson

  • The New Play Festival Video Series:

    Episode Three

    Check out the third episode in YPT's behind the scenes video series about the New Play Festival . In this episode, YPT Communications and Graphic Design Assistant Liza Harbison talks to Amber Faith Walton about her experience at the very first read-through of her play

    Changing Tides: Judge Me Gently.


    We look forward to seeing you at the New Play Festival  on April 11, 12, and 13, at 7:30pm, at GALA Hispanic Theatre!   

    Amber Faith Walton 
    Calling All Teaching Artists!

    Teaching Artists

    YPT seeks Teaching Artists for our 

    In-School Playwriting Program! The In-School Playwriting Program integrates the art of playwriting into the classroom in order to enhance student literacy, creative expression, and communication.  


    The program is a twelve-week residency culminating in the students' creation of their own original plays. All residencies take place during the school day in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms throughout the DC metro area. Teaching Artists are responsible for transportation to and from classrooms.


    Please email resume to Nicole Jost, Program Manager, at See for more info. No phone calls, please.

    Ann Gill
    Promising PlaywrightAnn  

    "Creativity means being unique," explains seventh grader Ann Gill.


    Ann is full of creative energy. In addition to playing drums in her church's choir, cheerleading, and writing fictional stories on her own, she has just finished her first play, The Day After Bob Said, 'Yeah, Right," which was selected to be performed as part of the

    New Play Festival on April 11.


    "It's about a boy named Bob who doesn't want to do anything, and he doesn't support his mother or anybody," Ann explains. "He just likes doing whatever he wants, like skating and stuff."


    Ann wrote the play while in the sixth grade at Maya Angelou Public Charter School last spring, when she participated in YPT's

    In School Playwriting Program. "I hope that when people see my play, they think it's interesting and funny and that there is a reason behind it," she says. "The moral is to not be lazy, and do something with your life."


    Ann already knows what she wants to do in hers.


    "I want to be a fashion designer or do anything that has to do with fashion, like be a stylist or a fashion photographer," she shares. "For college I want to go to FIT [Fashion Institute of Technology], and I want to visit Italy because there is a lot of art and it looks pretty."      


    Take a look at some of the drawings in Ann's portfolio by clicking the picture below, and be sure to see her hilarious play, The Day After Bob Said, "Yeah, Right," on April 11!   


    For more Promising Playwrights click here.

    Ann's portfolio 

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