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Subject: Wire October 2007 - Meet Destiny Jackson
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Issue: # 13 October 2007
TEACHING ARTIST TRAINING
Teaching Artist and Students
 
This August, with help from The Dana Foundation, YPT hosted a week-long training program for teaching artists. Participating artist/educators gained a deeper understanding of YPT's curriculum and how it addresses both DCPS English Language Arts standards and National Theater Standards.  Teaching artists used their knowledge to create original standards-based lesson plans and met with past YPT students to dramaturg their plays.
 
"This process has made me feel honored and respected as a teaching artist," said participant Kathleen Gonzales.
 
This ongoing professional development for our teaching artists will continue throughout the school year in the form of observations and additional teacher meetings.  
THREE WORLD PREMIERES FOR
KAREN ZACARIAS
Karen ZacariasYPT Founding Artistic Director Karen Zacarias will have three world premieres this season.

Mariela in the Desert will also premiere on the East Coast at Theater of the First Amendment and on the West Coast at Miracle Theatre Group in Portland Oregon.  Congratulations Karen!

DESTINY JACKSON
Promising Playwright Destiny Jackson
 
Destiny Jackson wants to be the first African American woman president of the United States of America.
 
If this 11-year-old does eventually assume the highest office in our land, she may feel right at home in the White House.  Last year, with YPT, Destiny took a private tour of our nation's first home guided by the head curator of the White House Historical Association. 
 
"We met Barney, the White House dog, " Destiny remembers, "and we got to see all the different rooms.  The place was huge. Colossal. You could get lost there!"
 
Destiny was one of sixteen students from Capitol City Public Charter School who contributed to the upcoming musical Chasing George Washington slated for a March 2008 premiere at the Kennedy Center.
 
If elected as president, she has very clear ideas of how she'd decorate the executive mansion, "I'd have pink and purple walls -lots of girley stuff like posters and a place where you could shop." She's quick to add, "I'd keep all the history stuff because it's traditional. All the presidents' pictures would stay, but the biggest portrait would be of me!"
 
In addition to her presidential aspirations Destiny is considering a career as a singer, actress or poet.  She is currently in rehearsals for her school musical and likes to sing Rihanna on her karaoke machine.  She's written poems about nature and a play about relationship problems.  Destiny says "Ideas may start small but you may end up with a full length play."
 
She counsels other potential playwrights, "It's not hard.  Just close your eyes and imagine.  If I could do it then anyone could."
 
For more stories about YPT's Promising Playwrights click here.
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