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December 2006 YPT Wire
Happy Holidays!
This December YPT has good reason to celebrate. We have welcomed two new full time staff members and are inspired by the work of our latest promising playwright Josie Guevara-Torres. We're happy to report that the first New Writers Now! was a huge success and warmly invite you to join us for the December edition - which is also our holiday party!
New Writers Now! a Success
The debut of YPT's New Writers Now! was a resounding success.

The Langston room at Busboys and Poets was packed as DCPS students, teachers and YPT friends and supporters watched actors give voice to the words of our young playwrights.

Viewers rejoiced as Wendy Nogales had her say as "The Maid" in Fatima Figueroa's piece and clapped vigorously after John Lescault's rousing call to arms in Oscar Duran's monologue.

They also enjoyed "Los Bad Boys vs. DC Crime" by Osman Canales, "Trouble Quinceanera" by Josie Guevara and a monologue from Ana Contreras.

New Writers Now! lives on, this month as part of our Holiday party and on January 22nd and February 26th it will return to Busboys and Poets.

New Writers Now! is made possible by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
We are pleased and proud to present these students' works to new audiences and grateful for the support of Target for making New Writers Now! possible.
Support YPT in this Season of Giving
As 2006 comes to a close, YPT proudly celebrates the following accomplishments:
  • Receiving the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.
  • Advancing the literacy of hundreds of students from over twelve D.C. Public Schools, including the entire 11th grade at Bell Multicultural High School with our innovative In-School Playwriting Program.
  • Partnering with the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center and the White House Historical Society to create new plays written by D.C. public school students for a national audience.
  • Expanding our programming to reach more inner- city youth than ever before, with a new Summer Playwriting Series and New Writers Now! reading series, while doubling our staff to four full-time positions.

But we cannot continue our work without you. As foundations and government agencies continue to cut back their funding, we need the support of individual donors like you now more than ever. So as you celebrate the holidays please remember YPT and consider giving a child the gift of knowing that their voice counts.

YPT Welcomes Two New Staff Members
  Elizabeth Andrews and Brigitte Pribnow
YPT's staff has doubled in size with the addition of Elizabeth Andrews as Program Associate and Brigitte Pribnow as Producing Associate.

Elizabeth received her Masters in Theatre Education from NYU in May of 2006. She works with Program Manager, Patrick Torres, to bring YPT's curriculum into DC Public Schools. She is a Co-Founder of the KUUMBA Players, a community theatre dedicated to exploring issues of social justice, that operates out of All Souls Church.

Brigitte Pribnow holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As Producing Associate, Brigitte manages YPT's grant applications and helps with the production of the tour and other special events. She is the Artistic Director of The Unmentionable Theatre, a non-profit company committed to re-integrating theater into underserved communities in Baltimore City.

Brigitte and Elizabeth are both very pleased to have joined YPT!

Josie Guevara-Torres
  Promising Playwright
Josie Guevara Torres is an 8th grader at Capitol City Public Charter School. Her play Trouble Quinceañera was featured in November's New Writers Now! "I was nervous at first but then when I saw the play it actually made me feel better," Josie said.

Trouble Quinceañera is the story of a latina girl, Cindy, on the eve of her 15th birthday. Cindy hopes to have a big, traditional celebration for her "quince" but has to face the sad reality of her father's unemployment. In the end, her friend Alejandro finds a way to make Cindy’s 15th birthday truly special.

Like Cindy, Josie hopes to have a Quinceañera, but says “You never know what can happen.”

Playwriting is very important to Josie. She says “I feel sad sometimes because there is so much pressure for me. I have to baby-sit my brother and clean the house. Writing a play helped me to calm down a little bit.” Josie is applying to Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts in hopes of continuing her craft.

She advises other young playwrights “Just do what you feel like to do. Some days you feel sad or emotional. That’s how your play comes out.” Josie is already having an influence on her peers. Her friend Sheba saw the reading of Trouble Quinceañera and has decided that even though she’s not Latina – she wants to have a Quinceañera too.


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