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Acting Students Explore Power
seven high school students have been working in the Young Playwright's Workshop to create
characters through physical and vocal
improvisation. Working with YPT Teaching Artists
Patrick Crowley and Rachael Swann, they have created
scenes that examine power within relationships.
Their creations range from children to corporate bosses,
dinner party guests to street hawkers. Their
piece Diverse Shorts will
be shared in a special late night performance following
Writers Now! on Monday, December 7th at
approximately 8:30 PM. |
semester we've worked to teach our young actors to have
confidence on stage," says Associate Director Patrick
Torres. "We've challenged them to use their
imaginations to create characters and scenarios that are
compelling to audiences."
Young Playwrights' Workshop meets afterschool
Tuesday-Thursday at YPT and offers instruction in acting
and playwriting. Applications will be available soon for
the Spring Semester to begin in late
YPT One of the Best Small Charities in
Young Playwrights' Theater is proud to announce
that we have been chosen by a panel of 90 expert
reviewers for inclusion in the 2009 - 2010 Catalogue for
Philanthropy: Greater Washington. Selected from a field
of nearly 240 organizations, the Catalogue calls YPT
"one of the best small charities in the Washington, DC
Bullies Take the Stage
Students at George Washington Middle School in
Alexandria, Virginia were asked to explore the topic of
bullying in the plays they created with YPT's In-School
Playwriting program. Kamera Bracey put her own
spin on the assignment.
"This is not a democracy, this is a Kingocracy!" a
tyrant on an unknown planet declares. Kamera's play
explores bullying on an intergalactic level, challenging
us to consider the ramifications of bullying behavior
beyond the schoolyard.
On Monday night, Kamera's play will be performed
along with three others at our latest New
and open to the public
more information, including a complete listing of
"My character is like me in
some ways. She says funny stuff. She asks random
questions," says Karen Ocon, "but then, she's also
straightforward. She speaks her mind. She is direct with
Karen is speaking of Yuuki,
the heroine of The Vampire Prophecy, a play she has
written through YPT's In-School Playwriting Program.
Karen enjoys vampires, but is not particularly
interested in the Twilight series. She is more inspired
by Japanese animation and events from her own
life. Her advice to other aspiring playwrights is
to "think of the moments in your life that were sad or
happy, that give you passion, and try to write something
Karen is in the 11th grade at
Bell Multicultural High School. She dreams of going to
college to study criminology and become a CIA agent. She
lives in the District of Columbia with her parents and
her two brothers. "I don't always share my writing
with them," Karen says. "I'm too shy about it."
Karen may identify herself as "shy"
and "quiet" and her character as "outspoken," but lately
Karen's been learning to express herself through the
acting classes YPT offers as part of the Young Playwrights' Workshop.
"Acting is great because it helps me discover things I
didn't know about myself," Karen says. "It feels
good to let that inner voice of me come out."
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