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

Right now, federal and

Right now, federal and local budget cuts threaten the arts in classrooms across the nation, and we are forced to ask ourselves:

Does it matter?

Does it matter if students know how to express themselves and think outside the box? To innovate and think critically - and engage the world with their ideas?  

At YPT, we believe it does. And we know you do too.

YPT is facing deep cuts to federal, local and foundation funding in the coming school year. These cuts would mean hundreds of students would miss out on the YPT experience next year - hundreds of students who may never have the chance to learn how much their ideas can matter to the world.  

Watch this video to learn more:


There are three easy ways you can make a difference right now:

1.   Click on the "donate" link below and make a tax-deductible gift to YPT. Please know that any gift, large or small, will have a huge impact on our students.


2.   Send us your stories. YPT is gathering stories about how the arts have impacted our nation’s communities and schools. If you ever had a positive experience with arts education, please email your story to Brigitte Moore at We would love to publish it on our blog. 


3.   Spread the word. Please forward this email, share our video and tell your friends and family that arts education matters to you. Thank you for your generosity, and for your belief in the potential of DC students.


Be sure to connect with YPT on Facebook, Twitter and our blog TheaterEducates to stay informed on the latest news about YPT and new developments in arts education research and support.


Together, we can ensure that YPT reaches every student who needs us - and needs to know that what they have to say truly matters.