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




whYPT? Find out more about our students (and what Michelle Obama has to say about us) in our new video! 


Young Playwrights’ Theater, the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education, has served over 75,000 students and community members since 1995.

The YPT Documentary

Young 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!  


The Good Neighbor

In the fall of 2010, YPT partnered with Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program to create an interactive community play in hopes of raising public awareness to support organizations working to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Click here to learn more about the project.


Scenes from "Love Math and Martians Don't Mix" by Cassidy Boomsma

New Play Festival 2010

Broccoli Man by Isaiah Dorsey

New Play Festival 2014

Videos from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

YPT performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage!

Click here to view videos of those performances.