Behind the Scenes at YPT
"As a YPT
student I'd learned that playwriting could be a therapeutic tool for
expression and communication, but how could my love for theater
translate back to the community?"
former YPT student Sarah Giffin returned to YPT for an office
internship. Read all about her experience in the latest
YPT blog post!
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YPT's 2011 -2012 Season!
YPT is thrilled to
announce our 2011-2012 season of free professional performances!
The Fight for Family
New Writers Now! Staged Reading
*Featuring the work of
some of our amazing young Latino writers, in celebration of Hispanic
October 3, 2011 at 7pm
Express Tour Showcase
Heroes and Bullies
Monday, November 14,
2011 at 7:30pm
New Writers Now! Staged Reading
Monday, February 13,
2012 at 7pm
A Celebration of
Bold New Voices
Monday, April 23, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Playwrights' Workshop Presents
Daring New Work Written
by YPT's Student Theater
Monday, June 11, 2012 at
As always, all
YPT performances are FREE, and will take place at:
3333 14th Street
Click here for more information about
YPT's 2011-2012 season.
have some exciting student voices to showcase for you this year, and we
can't wait to see you at our first performance on October 3.
Loves Teaching Artists
August 16-18, 2011, YPT held our annual three-day Teaching Artist
Training to prepare our professional teaching artists to implement
YPT's award-winning, standards-based playwriting curricula in
classrooms throughout the DC region.
talking through YPT's scaffolded curricula for elementary, middle and
high school students, the teaching artists had the opportunity to
participate in four YPT workshops as a team, providing them with a
first-hand understanding of YPT's In-School Playwriting Program.
As Program Manager Nicole Jost told our new teaching artists, "I
am so happy to have an amazing team of artists providing direct service
to our students. It makes me confident that we can grow year after
year, serving more students while maintaining the high quality and
in-depth impact of our programs."
out fun photos from the training on Facebook. And be
sure to "Like" us to get exciting updates from the classroom!
YPT is grateful to work with
such a dedicated group of teaching artists, and we can't wait to kick
off the school year!
"I'm gonna write my play about a panda bear whose
name is Lola. She's a very cool girl, and she's a very popular person,
and she's really nice," explains Sky Stringer, a fourth grader at
Watkins Elementary School. "She goes to a store and gets a magical
purse, but this other girl wants it who goes to her school, and she's a
bully - but she also dresses nicely. They both fight over the purse,
but it ends happily. At the end, they both get the purse, but the bully
gets a purple one and she gets a gold one."
Sky was inspired to
write her play by a stuffed panda bear she owns. "I took her with
me to Girl Scouts Camp last summer, so I thought I should write a story
In addition to Girl
Scouts, Sky likes shopping, watching movies, playing video games, going
outside, seeing her friends, reading, drawing, coloring, napping and
want to be a famous actress," she adds. "I want to take
acting class, and I want to do all sorts of things. I want to be in
movies and plays and on Broadway, and I want to help the planet."
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