Young Playwrights’ Theater often collaborates with theaters, museums, and other institutions to create timely works, highlighting the voices of DC students in some of Washington’s most prestigious venues.
Businesses, museums, theaters or community organizations seeking to create a special project with YPT can contact Executive Director Brigitte Winter at email@example.com.
Building DC's Inclusive Future Through Creative Placemaking
Crossing the Street: SW Is...
Crossing the Street: SW Is... is a workshop series and community festival that explores what Southwest DC was, is and can be. Through playwriting, poetry and visual art workshops in local schools and community centers, YPT asked residents of all ages: “What does the past, present and future of SW look like to you?” Their responses will come to life in a performance piece and community festival that celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and exciting future!
[UPDATE: The final performance and festival will be held on Sunday, November 6, not Saturday, October 22 as previously reported. Join us on Nov 6 for a day of theater, art and community!]
SW Is... Final Performance & Community Festival
Honor the past, present and future of Southwest DC at Crossing the Street: SW Is... - a performance and community festival celebrating the past, present and future of SW!
Sunday, November 6 [*NEW DATE*]
4th & I St. SW
Free and open to the public
Click here for tickets!
Join Southwesters of all ages for a day of theater, art and family fun honoring Southwest DC. Learn about the neighborhood's history, hear from its young people and explore its future through the arts!
SW Was... will guide visitors through the history and culture of SW. With talks by local historians, archival photos and more, it's a must for any history buff!
SW Is... will bring the voices of Southwest to life onstage. Professional readings of student-written monologues and poems, music and dance performances and more await on the event's main stage!
- SW Can Be... features interactive, artistic explorations of Southwest's future. Write your thoughts on our magnetic poetry wall, stand on a soapbox to speak your mind and share it all on social media using #CrossingtheStreetSW!
Join us on Sunday, November 6 for all this and more! Click for tickets!
SW Is... featured in The Southwester!
Crossing the Street: SW Is... is featured on the back cover of the October 2016 issue of The Southwester, Southwest DC's free community newspaper! Click here to read up on the exciting project, and pick up a copy in newsstands across Southwest!
Thank you to The Southwester for sharing SW Is...!
Thank you to the Southwest community stakeholders helping to make
Crossing the Street: SW Is... a reality!
Friends of Randall Rec Center
King Greenleaf Rec Center - Paul Taylor
YPT's Crossing the Street launch on June 4 was documented by a film crew from Stone Soup Films,
as part of their 2016 Doc-in-a-Day Festival! Click here to watch the great video!
Check out some of our past works below.
Crossing the Street: SW Is... is a workshop series and community festival that explores what Southwest DC was, is and can be. Through...
Monday, June 13, 2011
As part of our Special Projects program, YPT was commissioned by Ford’s Theatre to explore some of the themes and issues that still reverberate today from the...
On February 7, 2011, at 7pm at GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th St. NW), YPT premiered Woodlawn, a new play created collaboratively with residents and organizations throughout Ward 7 in Washington, ...
YPT Collaborates with Fannie Mae to Premiere Community Play on Homelessness
By the students of Oak Hill Academy
Directed by David Andrew Snider
A White House Adventure
A world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
and co-production with the White House Historical Association
Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by John Vreeke
Presented by Patrick Crowley and YPT
Who gets to decide who belongs in the United States of America?
The Smithsonian Institution commissioned Young Playwrights’ Theater to create an original piece on Asian American identity. YPT Program Manager Patrick Torres led six months of workshops with Asian...
“What is the music inside you?”
Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s traveling art exhibit Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits, YPT’s Retratos was commissioned by the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater.
Written by Bell Multicultural High School students in reaction to the Holocaust, Choices was a life-changing experience for many of its writers.
After reading Elie Weisel’s Night and through pen-pal relationships with the Kfar HaNoar Mozenson school students in Hod HaSharon, Israel, the Bell students were inspired to express their own struggles with violence and loss. Karen Zacarias worked with them to create Choices. Students told of losing their houses to arson, and holding dying friends in their arms as a means of trying to imagine the degree of loss and sacrifice endured by those targeted during the Holocaust, as well as their resolve.
Choices was directed by Abel Lopez and performed at Theater J in 2004.
Working with Washington Parks and People, students in YPT’s After-School program explored Meridian Hill Park, an urban jewel in the midst of Washington, DC and a setting for many historic events.
Students interviewed community members about their experiences and memories of the park.
Their play Holy Ghosts: Stories from Meridian Hill was performed in Meridian Hill Park in 2001 by professional actors.