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Issue: # 56    

June 2011


Don't Forget to RSVP for

The Civil War Special Project

Civil War PerformanceJoin YPT for the premiere of an exclusive laboratory reading of new work, straight from the classroom.

As part of our Special Projects program, YPT was commissioned this year by Ford's Theatre to explore some of the themes and issues that still reverberate today from the beginning of the Civil War. 


YPT's professional actors will read scenes and monologues written by 7th and 11th graders from Banneker High School and Kelly Miller Middle School, in an evening that promises to inspire you with the students' insights and imagination.   

The Civil War Special Project

One night only!

Monday, June 13

7pm Performance

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 

Rehearsal Hall 

641 D Street NW

Washington, DC 20004 

Please RSVP by Friday, June 10, to Alison Beyrle, at or 202-387-9173, to be part of this exclusive event.


Young Playwrights' Workshop Honors YPT Supporter


This holiday season, YPT asked you to participate in our first-ever  

Friend-raising Challenge. The winner of the challenge was

Michelle Tang Jackson, a fabulous YPT Teaching Artist and long-time
YPT supporter. 


To thank her for her efforts, the students of YPT's Young Playwrights' Workshop created an original dramatic piece inspired by Michelle's life, which they performed for Michelle and her friends on June 8. The performance combined elements of Michelle's personal history and memories in a fantastic dream sequence, highlighting memories of her grandfather, her passion for acting and her love of bears.


Help YPT keep programming strong in the coming school year. Click on the "donate" link below and make a tax-deductible gift to YPT.



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YPT Celebrates the End of the School Year

Kids raising handsLast summer, YPT Program Manager Nicole Jost shared her top goal for the 2010-11

In-School Playwriting Program in a Theater Educates blog post. Nicole wanted students to have more fun this year. 


At YPT, we want our students to learn more than the difference between monologue and dialogue. Each year, we hope our students will leave YPT programming inspired by a new passion for writing and creativity, and a deep engagment in their own learning.


If you've been following the student quotes we've shared this semester on Facebook and Twitter, you'll know some of the reasons we believe we've succeeded.  


Through the In-School Playwriting Program, almost 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students throughout the Washington, DC region wrote hundreds of plays this school year, ranging in topic from superheroes and space adventure to discrimination and interracial relationships.


To celebrate all the amazing work our students produced and YPT's fifteenth birthday, YPT produced fifteen plays over three nights of the

New Play Festival, more than ever before. Hundreds of people filled the audience to support the playwrights as they experience their ideas brought to life by professional actors.

We are deeply inspired by the accomplishments of our 2011-12 students, and we look forward to seeing where their writing and imaginations take them next!   


"I would recommend YPT to other students because it is a fun program which allows students to express themselves, have a little fun and get away from all the stress at school.  I think YPT was valuable to my education because it helped improve my playwriting skills, grammar, and creativity."

        - Daniel Sanchez, Bell Multicultural HS


Elijah Brown

Promising PlaywrightElijah  

"YPT is fun. They come to my class all the Wednesdays, and I like being there because it's exciting. It's fun!" explodes Elijah Brown, a fourth grader at Watkins Elementary School.


Elijah hasn't finished his play yet, but he is looking forward to seeing it performed. "We get to write our own plays and then other people perform it," he shares. "I'll get to see it myself. They'll do MY play!"  


Elijah hopes his play is funny like his favorite book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. "I feel like I'm funny, because I make jokes and my friends laugh at them," he explains. 


When he isn't in class, Elijah enjoys playing outside, playing basketball and football, drawing, doing math and reading.  


However, Elijah would rather be in school. "If I could be anywhere, I would be at school. You get to learn and you get to play!"


For more Promising Playwrights

click here.


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