David Andrew Snider Wins Exponent
We are proud to announce that
our own Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Andrew
Snider has won the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Foundation's Exponent Award in honor of his innovative
leadership. Mr. Snider has led Young
Playwrights' Theater since 2005.
The Exponent Award celebrates
the accomplishments of exceptional nonprofit leaders. In
selecting its awardees, the Foundation considered each
nominee's track record as a manager and leader,
including his or her success at increasing the quality
and impact of the organization's work.
David is one of only five leaders to receive
the award in 2009. Twenty leaders have been honored
since the Exponent's founding in 2006.
YPT's Founding Artistic Director, Karen Zacarías
says, "David is the rare combination of a great artist
and great leader. He works tirelessly to
ensure Young Playwrights' Theater thrives at improving
the lives of thousands of students. He is an
inspired and inspiring advocate for the entire nonprofit
community of Greater Washington. I am
thrilled he will receive this
To see video, view
pictures and learn more about David and the Exponent
Theater is proud to premiere our new
documentary! This film captures the magic that
occurs in YPT workshops, and the thrill of YPT
performances. You can hear directly from YPT staff,
teaching artists, actors and students whose lives have
been changed by learning to express themselves clearly
and creatively through the art of
playwriting. It was created by
filmmaker Ken Chalk over a year of filming throughout
the DC Area.
At just under ten minutes long, it is an ideal
way to share the magic of YPT with your friends and
family. Watch the video
and then forward it to a friend, colleague or
potential playwright. Help us spread
the message to the next generation of
With this issue,
we are continuing a feature where we periodically
highlight the generous people who help make our work
possible, our donors.
White was introduced to YPT by her daughter, a former
YPT student at Wilson Senior High School who was
featured in the New Play Festival. "It was amazing to
see her play come to life with real actors playing the
roles," Katie remembers. "That was the beginning of a
great relationship between my daughter and YPT, and I
was lucky to continue to be able to follow the
organization through her."
Click here to
continue reading about Katie White.
"You can be
the best, but there's always someone better."
This line is spoken by both the hero and the
villain in De'Vanti Shouff's play The Other Side of
. De'Vanti's play was selected
from among his peers to represent Bell
Multicultural High school at the 2009 New Play
. The Other Side of the Mirror
presented a hero's fall in a noir style.
"I like the old black and white detective
films," De'Vanti says. "Sometimes you don't know who the
real protagonist is until you get to the very end."
De'Vanti's play was similarly mysterious,
and he deftly wove the theatrical elements together to
heighten the conflict in the final moments, even
suggesting that Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" be
played. "I thought that song had a sad tone, and I
wanted to suggest to the audience that something sad was
about to happen," De'Vanti
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