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David Andrew Snider Wins Exponent
YPT Documentary
Katie White: Dedicated Donor
De'Vanti Shouff: Promising Playwright
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Issue: # 36 Oct 2009
David Andrew Snider Wins Exponent Award
 David speaking 
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 award."      
 
To see video, view pictures and learn more about David and the Exponent Award click here.
THE YPT DOCUMENTARY
YPT DocumentaryYoung Playwrights' 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 playwrights!
Katie White
Katie WhiteDedicated Donor 
 
With this issue, we are continuing a feature where we periodically highlight the generous people who help make our work possible, our donors. 
 
Katie 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.

Without the support of dedicated donors like Katie, YPT programming would not be possible. Click here to learn more about the many ways you can support YPT.
De'Vanti Shouff
DeVantiPromising Playwright
 
"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 the Mirror.  De'Vanti's play was selected from among his peers to represent Bell Multicultural High school at the 2009 New Play Festival. 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 explains. 
 
 
For more Promising Playwrights click here.
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