Last summer, YPT Program Manager Nicole Jost shared her
top goal for the 2010-11
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
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
- Daniel Sanchez, Bell Multicultural HS