YPT In The News
The links below track YPT’s recognition in local and national news.
Published in DC Metro Theater Arts, February 23, 2019
“They call me a vegetable,” Grace tells us. “They call me a corpse.” In this nimbly comic and deeply moving new play by Josie Walyus, a 14-year-old named Grace is literally in a coma. That’s how all the other characters see her: She suffered brain damage in an auto accident and is thisclose to dead. But in a brilliant theatrical stroke, Walyus portrays her title character fully awake and engaged..."
Published in DC Metro Theater Arts, March 11, 2018
Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their exchange in writing. That’s what happened when Senior Reviewers Sherrita Wilkins and John Stoltenberg attended a one-night-only program on the theme of gentrification and environmental change in Washington, DC, presented by Young Playwrights’ Theater as part of its annual social-justice performance series, Silence Is Violence.
Published in Washington Blade, November 9, 2017
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Oct. 30 that the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs has awarded a combined $75,000 in grant funding to six community-based organizations for services to LGBT homeless youth and families in the District.
Published in American Theatre Magazine, September 26, 2017
As part of this special issue’s dive into the art of season planning, we wanted to showcase some of the most exciting seasons and productions at theatres throughout the country. So we asked a group that knows a thing or two about programming, artistic leaders across the U.S., which companies’ seasons they were most looking forward to this year.
Published in MetroWeekly, September 6, 2017
Young Playwrights’ Theater kicks off its performance season with a new installment of its activist-oriented performance series “Silence is Violence.”
This latest iteration, the series’ fourth, is dubbed “LGBTQ+You” and will give local performers space to explore the topic through drama, spoken word, music, visual art and community engagement. It’s Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Blind Whino (700 Delaware Ave., S.W.).
Published in Huffington Post, June 2, 2017
It’s had to believe 15 years ago Barbara Harman’s vision has grown into what is now the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. Today the Catalogue unveiled its Class of 2017-18. These nonprofits have been chosen to appear in the print Catalogue (to be released November 1st) and/or to be featured on the Catalogue’s website.
The charities listed below have successfully passed a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field. Let them know that you are proud of their achievements: congratulate them with a “shout out” on Twitter using the icons next to their names.
Published in Hola Cultura, February 6, 2017
D.C.’s Young Playwrights’ Theater first conceived “Silence is Violence: What Now?” in response to the 2015 death of Michael Brown that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. This winter, however, the nationally recognized youth theater is collaborating with area public schools and arts organizations to stage its third iteration of the social justice theater project—this time to shine light and love on our large local immigrant communities.
Published in Hopeful Headlines, October 6, 2016
Their voices are rarely heard, their personal struggles are passed over, and the adults in their lives make all of the decisions—and lack thereof—for them.
Fortunately, one Washington, D.C. nonprofit has been changing the script for thousands of kids from communities that are often overlooked. Primarily, these students are considered “low-income,” with 77% qualifying for the statewide free and reduced-price lunch program and 20% speaking English as their second language.
Published in GOOD Magazine's Project Literacy
In July, 2016, GOOD Magazine's Project Literacy featured YPT in an article on theater and literacy, as part of their Alphabet of Illiteracy campaign! Our story falls under the letter P, for performance.
"For many ... students, YPT marks the first time they’re encouraged to write about whatever they want without censorship. 'Treating those stories with value can do wonders for students’ engagement in the educational process and trigger amazing advances in literacy,' [YPT Executive Director Brigitte] Winter says."
Click here for the full article on theater and literacy!
A Conversation with Washington Post Theater Critic Peter Marks
At the 2016 Theatre Communications Group conference in DC, YPT founder Karen Zacarías was interviewed by Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks on her life and career as one of the world's most produced Latina playwrights. To our delight, he asked her about YPT and she shared our story!
"I said, 'What do I have that can help [young people]? Well, I can write a play!'"
Click here for the full podcast. The conversation about YPT begins at the 45:16 mark. Thank you, Karen - we love you!
From the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative Blog
In June 2016, the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative featured us on their blog, StoryBank!
" has a bold approach to closing the literacy achievement gap:
"Reflecting back on my time with Young Playwrights’ Theater has made me think about how so many unique stories are hidden within the crevices of people’s minds and how beneficial this program and programs akin to it are for young, aspiring artists."
Read on for all of Jarid's touching words!
by 2016 New Play Festival Featured Playwright Marisa Poe
2016 New Play Festival Featured Playwright Marisa Poe also wrote a piece for DC Metro Theater Arts, and it is just as touching and articulate as Jarid's!
"When my play was read, the actors made it absolutely hilarious, and it was the first time I really saw my play come to life. It made me feel proud that I could make other people laugh through my play."
Click here for the full text of Marisa's terrific article!
The Daily Do Good makes YPT its Featured Nonprofit!
The Daily Do Good, a DC-area nonprofit that highlights the work of other local organizations, made YPT their Featured Nonprofit in September, 2015.
"YPT (helped) me realize that I could be more than I already am...YPT has helped me believe in myself.”
Thank you to The Daily Do Good for spotlighting our work! Click here for the full article!
Our friends at TheatreBloom attended the second night of the 2015 New Play Festival, and were blown away by the quality of our young playwrights' writing!
"The caliber of work that is coming forth from...
YPT actor and DC Metro Theater Arts critic Rick Westerkamp starred in the first night of the 2015 New Play Festival, then wrote about it the next day! Read his unique and inspiring perspective on working with elementary school playwrights.
"It was during the rehearsal process that I became in awe of the six playwrights, what with their abilities to use a genuine blend of real-life and imagination as the spark of creation for their plays."
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Popular DC publication Washington City Paper placed the 2015 New Play Festival at the top of its "ToDo Today" list for April 22, 2015. The City Paper also featured the Festival in the "City Lights"...
"For two decades, DC’s own Young Playwrights’ Theater has fostered the minds of budding young writers by helping them discover their own theatrical visions." Thus begins a lovely preview of the 2015 ...
Nonprofit newsletter The Daily Do Good came to Giving Back to the Future: YPT's 20th Anniversary Giving Voice Award Gala in March, 2015, and shared their kind thoughts on their blog!
"Your voice matters."
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Afro American Newspaper of DC Shares Performance with Southeast Community
"Four young, Black high school students are [sharing] their stories on an array of issues that are important to them ... in plays that are set to make audiences cry, laugh, and perch on the edge of their seats."
Students, Staff Discuss #BlackLivesMatter, Silence Is Violence and New Writers Now! #nofilter
In February 2015, in between Silence Is Violence: a #BlackLivesMatter Event and New Writers Now! #nofilter, YPT students and staff talked to Kymone Freeman of We Act Radio about young voices, artistic...
“Really? A pre-teen wrote this? No way! They did? Wow!”
Just in time for YPT's 20th Anniversary Festival, DC Theatre Scene published a lovely overview of our work and preview of the performance. Take a look at what they have to say about the power of...
In December, 2014, YPT was invited to appear on NewsChannel 8's morning talk show, Let's Talk Live!
Let's Talk Live! is the only live and local talk show in DC, and we were honored to speak to them...
In November 2014, YPT Communications Associate Jeff Gilliland sat down with nonprofit communications podcast Through the Noise to talk about empowering the arts through digital and social media!
YPT Executive Director Brigitte Pribnow Moore, Program Manager Laurie Ascoli and Young Playwrights' Workshop student Joella Roberts speak to emPower Magazine's DeShuna Spencer about sparking student...
After being named a Finalist two years running, we were honored and humbled to receive the 2014 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, from The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post! The recognition is a true testament to the power of our work and our community.
Click here to read the full article in The Washington Post!
Our friends at DC Metro Theater Arts stopped by Night One of the New Play Festival and wrote this wonderful piece on our elementary school plays!
"The caliber of creativity and cohesive storytelling that was present in these plays shows that there is a great deal of hope and potential for future generations of plays."
Click here for the full piece!
While we continue to deepen YPT's impact at home in DC, major media outlets in South Texas are sharing our work at Garcia Elementary School in Hidalgo County - and the news keeps getting better and better!
Read what The Monitor, South Texas' largest newspaper, had to say about the difference our In-School Playwriting Program is making with Garcia's bilingual, imaginative and excited fourth graders!
"Boredom: exit stage left."
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The leading source of the "who, what, when and where" of the Washington, DC social, professional and philanthropic scene, Pamela's Punch sets the standard for the premier events in the District. Correspondent Lindsey Clark attended our 2014 Giving Voice Award Gala and wrote this wonderful piece encouraging people to come out and support arts education!
"If we start saying, 'Your voice matters' instead of 'Wait until you’re older,' perhaps the next generation will be more inclined to raise their voice and claim their space. YPT performing student plays is activism in its most direct form."
Read all this and more in DCTS's wonderful review of New Writers Now! Truth and Dare!
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In January, 2014, YPT launched its first In-School Playwriting Program outside Greater Washington at Garcia Elementary School in Hidalgo County, Texas. Local newspaper The Valley Town Crier broke the story with a wonderful piece on our program launch and visit to the area!
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Motor City blog Detroit Unspun wrote a terrific piece on the 524 Project, the collaboration between YPT and Detroit's InsideOut Literary Arts Project that will connect a Detroit poetry class and a DC playwriting class via twenty-first century technology.
"If we listen closely, I think we’ll hear a new definition of Detroit, one that accepts the past, redefines the present and gives us fresh perspective on the future."
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Positive Detroit, a blog dedicated to "churning out positive, important, and newsworthy happenings in and around 'The D'," featured the 524 Project as just such a bright light in a city that's seen its fair share of darkness!
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We Love DC interviewed Artistic Director Nicole Jost in June 2013 about the Young Playwrights’ Workshop Presents performance in the Source Festival.
"This kind of self-expression builds confidence. It helps you realize your own power. So I hope that this year’s workshop members gain a sense of pride in their own work, and the knowledge that they can do absolutely anything they set their minds to."
Click here to read the full interview.
The Washington Post’s Backstage section featured an article about YPT’s after-school Young Playwrights’ Workshop and their final performance in the 2013 Source Festival.
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The Scene DMV attended the 2013 New Play Festival to learn more about YPT’s programs and performances from Executive Director Brigitte Moore, Festival playwright Gi’Armoni Dorsey and YPT alumna Cecelia Jenkins.
Click here to watch the piece.
"When Chelsea Kirk first started teaching playwriting to her students at the Maya Angelou Academy — a public charter school located within New Beginnings, a residential detention center for D.C. youth — she found it to be ’by far the most defining experience for my scholars and our school culture.’"
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Education Week was in attendance when YPT launched our first nationally-published book, "Write to Dream", at Busboys and Poets on March 27, 2013.
Read the article here.
Man About Town’s Bob Madigan interviewed YPT alumni Shannon Marshall and Paul McCoyer about their experience in YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program and how they feel about being published playwrights.
Click here to listen!
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YPT's first nationally-published book, Write to Dream, features the work of four amazing Arlington playwrights. Get to know three of them and hear from their parents about YPT's lasting effect in the Arlington Connection.
“Having a creative outlet is really important. It’s kind of hard to, in everyday life or in school assignments, put your emotions out on paper,” said Boomsma. “A lot of people who write are able to express their feelings in a story. I think that’s really helpful to do.”
Read the full article here.
YPT's book Write to Dream was featured on Fox 5 News on January 9, 2013, including interviews with Executive Director Brigitte Moore and Love, Math and Martians Don't Mix playwright Cassidy Boomsma.
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In The Wonka Wonka Cool Girls Club, playwright Cecilia Jenkins’ debut work, Anne Marie – the Mother Superior of Mean Girls in the seventh grade – has formed “the coolest club in school.”
She invites Cat to join, but not Cat’s friend Shelly, because “I heard that late at night when you went to sleep, you take your hair off.”
Cat joins, but then she learns about the secret rules, and…well, you’ll just have to read the play after you buy “Write to Dream,” the newly published collection from the Young Playwrights’ Theater.
Click here for the full article.
"In browsing through the 350+ page book, I was inspired by the creativity, imagination, and honesty of YPT’s playwrights — and the maturity of content that many of their works expressed."
Read the full article on the Catalogue for Philanthropy blog here.
YPT recently participated in the first ever #GivingTuesday, and donor and Company member Vanessa Strickland was interviewed in the Washington Post about why she chose to support YPT on a day of giving back. Read the full article here.
YPT’s Young Playwrights’ Workshop was featured in an article in the Washington Post blog The Root DC. Learn about their June 11 play, "Welcome to Our World", here!
"At times, I felt as though I had been allowed into a world my children rarely let me see..." Read the full review here!
On April 19, 2012, YPT was honored with the HandsOn Greater DC Cares 2012 Community Impact Award. Learn more about the Volunteer Impact Awards and the 2012 Servathon here.
"In case you haven’t noticed, the DC theater community is growing, and fast; but what kind of plays can we look forward to down the road? If you’re interested in the future of DC theater, there’s no better place to look than toward our youngest playwrights." Click here to read the full article!
On February 14, 2012, DC Theatre Scene’s Larry Bangs wrote a rave review of New Writers Now - Mad Love! A week later, on February 21, Larry was interviewed by WTOP’s Bob Madigan about his review! Listen here.
Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Snider is "Putting the Arts in Arts Management." Click here to read the full American University article.
"With all due respect to the well-heeled professional companies in D.C., these kids wrote some of the freshest, most vibrant, and flat-out funny theatre that I have seen since last summer’s Fringe Festival."
NBC stopped by New Writers Now! - Mad Love on February 13, 2012 as part of a piece on the celebration of Anti-Valentine’s Day. See the clip here.
"These ladies may not have made the list of 100 most powerful women in Washington this year, but at the rate they’re going, they’ll land there soon enough!" See what they had to say about Nicole here!
WAMU stopped by the office during rehearsals for Out of the Shadow to talk to the students about the play and give audiences a sneak peak. Listen here.
Greater DC Cares celebrated the 2011 Impact Summit Award winners in the Washington Post on Tuesday, June 21. Among the recipients was YPT Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Snider, winner of the Essence of Leadership Award.
New Writers Now! - Luv in the Time of Txting playwright Fatima Rodriguez was featured in an article in El Pregonero. Read about her experience with YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program and the live performance of her play on May 23.
YPT was featured in a story by the Washington Post about Woodlawn Cemetery and the performance of Woodlawn at the National Geographic Museum on Thursday, March 10.
YPT was featured in a story by PBS on the state of the federal budget after the midterm elections, and how it might affect arts programs like YPT.
"Congrats to Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) Recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award"
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The Young Plawrights’ Theater will receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in a private White House ceremony today. The award – the highest honor in arts education – will be presented by first lady Michelle Obama to director David Snider and program participants Heidi Lovo, a graduate of Bell Multicultural High School, and Mariana Pavón Sánchez, a student at Wakefield High School in Arlington.
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Broadway World featured an article on YPT as we accepted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House on Wed, October 20. To see the full article, click here.
First lady Michelle Obama will present a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Wednesday to the Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), which teaches playwriting in Washington area schools. YPT will receive $10,000 to expand its programming.
YPT’s collaboration with Greater DC Cares at Woodlawn Cemetery was featured in the October 2010 issue of East of the River Magazine. Click here to view the article.
David Andrew Snider and the Exponent Awards were featured in the July Edition of Washington Life. Click here to view the article.
Association and Non-Profit Bisnow
by Jessica Sidman
Don’t let the lack of capes, laser beams, and x-ray goggles fool you. Last night, we celebrated five non-profit superheroes at the Meyer Foundation’s annual Exponent Awards at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
To read the full article click here.
President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
Young Playwrights’ Theater has been chosen for recognition as a 2010 Coming Up Taller Semifinalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
YPT was chosen as one of 50 semifinalists from over 459 nominations from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. According to the letter we received on May 12, "Your program’s selection as one of the 50 semifinalists distinquishes it as one of the top arts- and humanities- based programs in the country."
The letter was signed by Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Marsha Semmel, Acting Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and James A. Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Award recipients will be chosen from among the semi-finalists by the end of June.
To see a complete list of semi-finalists click here.
Georgetown University News
YPT was the recent beneficiary of an award from students in Georgetown’s "Philanthropy and Social Change" course. The following article details the innovative course and partnership that led to this...
Washington Post, Wednesday, February 24, 2010
by DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
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February 17, 2010
Mary Ann Barton, Current Correspondent
Photo by Bill Petros
This article covers the upcoming New Play Festival and profiles playwrights Kalia Snowden, Brenda Reyes and Becky Koretz. Click here to view the PDF.
The Washington Post, Backstage, Jane Horwitz
The Post’s Jane Horwitz writes about YPT’s Producing Artistic Director, David Andrew Snider, winning the Meyer Foundation’s Exponent Award.
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Washington Post, May 8, 2009
By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 8, 2009
Karen Zacarías, mother of three children younger than 8 years old, begins her day by serving breakfast. Then it’s a book read, shoes on, car seats buckled, a song sung, kids dropped at appropriate locations, a kiss goodbye. Once that routine is complete, she will shower -- finally -- and become her other self: the 39-year-old woman who has emerged as one of Washington’s most successful and prolific playwrights.
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Northwest Current, May 6, 2009
By Rebecca Blatt
"Choosing Change,” on stage this week at the GALA Hispanic Theatre, begins with a blast of music, the smash of a gavel and a simple line: “Once upon a time I made a choice, and there was a change.”
May 15, 2009
Stephanie Kay of local NPR station WAMU 88.5 produced three separate pieces on YPT’s play Choosing Change in the past week. The longest of these aired May 15, 2009. See below for links to each of the pieces.
To listen to the story from Metro Connection on May 15, 2009 click here.
To listen to the clip from May 6
To listen to the clip from May 7
Washington Post Express, April 2, 2009
The Washington Post Express wrote about the New Play Festival in their "Night Out" section, calling the slate of plays "a captivating mix."
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ABC News Reports on Chasing George Washington
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