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Issue: # 9 June 2007
A Nation of Immigrants
A Nation of ImmigrantsFriday, June 22nd 
Join us for a workshop performance and community dialogue around the topic of immigration. 
Patrick Crowley engaged students, activists and recently immigrated Washingtonians to create original writing answering the question:
"Who gets to decide who belongs in the United States of America?" 
Their writings will be presented in a workshop performance at Busboys and Poets, performed by a mix of professional actors, community members and the writers themselves!
Admission is free and open to the public.
The show will begin at 7:00PM
Visit our Events page 
for more information.
Good News!
 Examiner PageYPT Makes Headlines
A number of recent YPT events have garnered the attention from major news outlets. 
Our work with Kelly Miller Middle School and Project My Time was featured in the KidsPost, the New Writers Now! Tribute to Edwin Ventura was profiled in the Post's Metro section, and the Examiner recently declared "YPT may be the future of the American Theatre."
To check out all of our latest headlines click here.
Cecelia JenkinsPromising Playwright
In 1999, YPT made a big impression on Cecelia Jenkins.  She was a shy 6th Grader at Hardy Middle School when she started the After-School Playwriting Program with Karen Zacarias.  Cecelia says of her first impression of Karen, "She was very very nice and she was easy to talk to.  With writing, if someone is that way, it's so much easier.  Anything you write is personal so if someone is nice and respects you it makes it a whole lot easier."
Cecelia's play Friendship: The Wonka Wonka Cool Girls Club was selected to be part of the 1999 Tour, and was performed city wide.  Cecelia recalls the day when the play came to her school.
"Everybody loved the play.  They were laughing and couldn't believe it was me who wrote it because I was a little shy girl.  The whole school liked it," she remembers.
As Cecelia grew, her play Friendship lived on.  The summer before she entered 10th grade it was performed on the Kennedy Center's Millenium stage.  "That was really, really big for me," Cecelia says "To actually say that something I wrote was at the Kennedy Center and there were people in the audience who didn't know me. And they liked it! That was different than people who knew me saying they liked it."
Even as she entered high school at Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, her reputation as a playwright followed her. "I don't know how they heard about it," Cecelia says, "but it was pretty nice."
Cecelia graduated from Duke Ellington in 2005.  She currently attends Trinity College and is studying mass communication and journalism.  She still writes, and is working on a play Dirty Laundry and planning to launch a magazine for young women.  She envisions a publication that would "be real with girls about politics and life.  This generation can't afford to be just concerned about celebrities anymore."
The confidence that she gained as a young playwright still resonates in Cecelia's life.  She says, "I learned that sometimes your work can speak for you.  Just because I'm shy, I do have a personality and my writing can show what I'm thinking."
For more stories about YPT's Promising Playwrights click here.
Worth a Thousand Words
New Photo Albums on the Website YPT Student
Our photo albums have been updated and are now chock-full of pics from the classroom, Express Tour, New Writers Now! and more!
Creative CommunitiesA Nation of Immigrants is funded by The Creative Communities Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the DMPED Neighborhood Investment Fund.  For a complete list of YPT's funders click here.
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