Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.


  • An independent evaluation of YPT’s programs showed that YPT participants’ grades improve, they read more, and they watch less television than before the program.
  • YPT’s work with faculty and students at Bell Multicultural High School inspired the school to require students to write a play for their professional portfolios.
  • YPT brought the cast from the National Tour of Les Miserables into the classroom to work with DCPS students on the first drafts of their plays.
  • YPT collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater in conjunction with its Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits exhibit. YPT playwrights studied the exhibit and wrote short plays about the art. YPT Artistic Director Karen Zacarías then wove the student works into one cohesive play, Retratos: Portraits of Our World, celebrating Hispanic history and culture, which was performed for visitors from around the world. YPT and Discovery Theater will again collaborate on a production in 2006.
  • YPT playwrights studied Elie Wiesel’s Night, exchanged letters with Israeli students, and collaborated on a play, Choices, about the Holocaust, which was performed at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Theater J.
  • YPT received the La Promesa award, a national recognition of YPT’s work with Latino students.