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YPT in The News

YPT in The News

The links below track YPT’s recognition in local and national news.

Story: Twins sucked into a video game. A 10 year old’s first play was a winner. He’s working on a new play at Young Playwrights’ Theater

Published in DC Theatre Scene, October 28, 2020

While many organizations have struggled to maintain ‘business as usual,’ YPT has continued to innovate and expand their offerings: their website now offers a series of instructional videos, digital materials and even downloadable playwriting classes.

Read the full article.

Story: Young Playwrights Theater is on a mission to spread the power of storytelling

Produced by WUSA9 and Reporter/Anchor Delia Gonçalves, December 12, 2019

Young Playwrights Theater (YPT) offers a chance for the kids to express themselves freely through creative writing. Their words are lifted off the page and given life through professional actors. 

Watch the full story!

Review: 'Page to Stage Festival 2019': Tastings from a Buffet (Part Two)

Published in DC Metro Theater Arts, September 4, 2019

Tyrese Rowe’s No Hood Story is a stirringly poetic and personal coming-age-story about a young writer named Lawrence. 

Read the full article here.

Review: ‘Three Cheers to Grace’ at Young Playwrights’ Theater

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..."

Read the full article!

Post-Play Palaver: ‘Silence Is Violence: Whose Earth Is This, DC?’ at Young Playwrights’ Theater

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.

Read the full article!

Bowser announces 2018 LGBTQ grant awards

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.

Read the full article!

Extra Seasoning: Artistic Directors Share Their Faves

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.

Read the full article!

QUEERY: Scott Whalen

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.).

Read the full article!

Catalogue for Philanthropy’s Class of 2017-18

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.

Read the full article!

Young Playwrights to speak out for immigrants

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.

Read the full article!

Theater Program for Low Income Kids Rewrites Script on Possibilities

Published in Hopeful Headlines, October 6, 2016

For many children in this country, opportunity is few and far between.

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.

Read the full article!

Theater Brings Literacy to Life for Kids

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!

Karen Zacaras Talks YPT on TCG's "Offscript" Podcast

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!

How YPT Tackles Literacy

From the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative Blog

In June 2016, the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative featured us on their blog, StoryBank! 

"YPT has a bold approach to closing the literacy achievement gap: give DC students materials to write, polish, and watch their plays come to life."

Thank you for sharing our story, DC Collaborative! Click here for more!

YPT playwright Jarid Shields shares her New Play Festival experience!

2016 New Play Festival Featured Playwright Jarid Shields wrote about her YPT experience for DC Metro Theater Arts, and she had some incredible things to say!

"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! 

From Script to Production: My Journey with YPT

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!


From Page to Stage: YPT Helps DC Youth Find Their Voices

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!



TheatreBloom Shares the Inspiration of the 2015 New Play Festival

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 Rick Westerkamp Goes Behind the Scenes of the 2015 New Play Festival

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."

Click here for the full piece!

Washington City Paper Makes the 2015 New Play Festival Something "ToDo Today"

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"

DC Theatre Scene on the "Exceptional Artistic Talent" of the 2015 New Play Festival

"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 ...

"Diane Rehm & DeLoreans" on Display at YPT's 20th Anniversary Gala

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."

Click here to read the full article! Gives the Unfiltered Scoop on #nofilter

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."

Click to read The Afro American Newspapers of Washington, DC's coverage of New Writers Now! #nofilter, February 2015! 

YPT Acts Up on We Act Radio

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...

DC Metro Theater Arts Celebrates the Best of YPT at 20Fest

“Really? A pre-teen wrote this? No way! They did? Wow!”

So begins a lovely review of YPT's 20th Anniversary Festival in December 2014, written by Bev Fleischer of DC Metro Theater Arts! Click here to...

DC Theatre Scene "Plays Favorites" with YPT's 20Fest Plays

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...

YPT Talks Up our 20th Anniversary and 20Fest on "Let's Talk Live!"

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...

YPT Cuts "Through the Noise" on Nonprofit Communications Strategies

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 Talks Youth Empowerment on WPFW's "emPower Hour"

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...

YPT Wins the 2014 Washington Post Award!

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!



DC Metro Theater Arts Shares the "Precious Gift" of the 2014 New Play Festival

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!

The Monitor Watches Over YPTexas

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."

Click here for the full article! 

Pamela's Punch Eats for Good at the 2014 Giving Voice Award Gala

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! 

Click here to read the article, and click here to see all of Pamela's Punch's past coverage of YPT events and performances!

DC Theatre Scene Pulls Back the Curtain on "Truth and Dare"

"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!

Click here to read the full article




Valley Town Crier Rings the Bell for YPT's Texas Program!

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!

Click here to read the article.



Detroit Unspun Spins a Yarn about the 524 Project

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."

Click here to read the full article.

Positive Detroit Positively Raves about the 524 Project!

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!

Click here to read the article.

We Love DC loves YPT!

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.

Washington Post Backstage features Workshop

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.

Click here and scroll down to read the full article.



The Scene DMV at the New Play Festival

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.



"Write to Dream" Book in Northwest Current

"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.’"

Click here to read the full article!




YPT and "Write to Dream" in Education Week

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.



"Is there a young Shakespeare 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!





"Write to Dream" Book Launch in the Washington Post

On March 27, 2013, YPT launched our first nationally-published book at Busboys and Poets. Hear about the event and the book from the Washington Post
"Many of the students found the plays helped them cope with hard lives. ’It’s beautiful to be able to engage with that difficulty and that challenge through the art of playwriting,’ Kirk said."

Click here to read the full article.



YPT's Virginia Playwrights Featured in the Arlington Connection

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.



Fox 5 News Stops by to Learn about "Write to Dream"

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.


Click here to watch!

"Write to Dream" featured on DC Theatre Scene

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. 


The Catalogue for Philanthropy Discusses "Write to Dream"

"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.


#GivingTuesday in the Washington Post

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.




"Welcome to Our World" on the Washington Post Blog

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!





Nonprofits turnaround has brought it lots of attention

The Washington Post highlights YPT as a collaborative, innovative nonprofit in this article. The Post sponsors the Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, an award YPT was honored as a finalist for in May of 2012. 




YPT a Finalist for the Washington Post Award

In May of 2012, YPT was honored as a finalist for the Washington Post’s 2012 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. Learn more about the award here and read a blog post on the award by Catalog for Philanthropy here.




DC Theatre Scene reviews the New Play Festival

"At times, I felt as though I had been allowed into a world my children rarely let me see..." Read the full review here!




Greater DC Cares Award

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.






WeLoveDC wants to see you at the New Play Festival

"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!



YPT Reviewer Talks to "WTOP Radio's Man About Town" Bob Madigan

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.




American University's College of Arts & Sciences talks to David Snider

Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Snider is "Putting the Arts in Arts Management." Click here to read the full American University article.




DC Theatre Scene Reviews New Writers Now! - Mad Love

"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."

Read the rest of the review here!

Stupid Cupid: The Ugly Side of Valentine's Day

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.




CEO David Snider tells theatreWashington "Why Theatre Matters"

"I know that as I reflect on important moments in my life when I truly learned something, most of them didn’t happen sitting silently at a desk." Click here to read more about why theater matters--especially for young people.

Program Manager Nicole Jost Featured in Washingtonian's "List of Women to Watch"

"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!



The reviews are in for "Out of the Shadow"!

DC Theatre Scene and Maryland Theatre Guide loved the Young Playwrights’ Workshop’s performance of Out of the Shadow at the Capital Fringe Festival! Check out the DC Theatre Scene review here and the Maryland Theatre Guide review here.



WAMU reports on the Young Playwrights' Workshop

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.



Harris' Heroes

YPT’s Young Playwrights’ Workshop was featured on WJLA’s segment Harris’ Heroes. Watch some behind-the-scenes footage as Workshop students prepare for their performance of Out of the Shadow at the Capital Fringe Festival and talk about why bullying is such an important topic!



CEO David Snider Congratulated in Washington Post

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.




Arte inspira a jvenes a resolver problemas de su entorno

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.




A D.C. cemetery's dead come to life again on stage

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.





Battle for the Budget

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.




YPT on Prince of Petworth

"Congrats to Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) Recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award"  

To read the full article, click here. 




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.

To read the full article, click here.

Broadway World

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.




YPT featured in the Washington Post

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.

Click here to read the full article from the Washington Post.



Woodlawn Cemetery Project in East of the River Magazine

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.




Washington Life


David Andrew Snider and the Exponent Awards were featured in the July Edition of Washington Life. Click here to view the article.




Non-profit Superheroes

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.




YPT Chosen as Semifinalist for 2010 Coming Up Taller Award

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.

YPT Receives Award From Georgetown Philanthropy Class

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...

Young writers share a neighborhood's stories of change

Washington Post, Wednesday, February 24, 2010

by DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer

Photo by Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post
Gentrification was the subject the students in the Young Playwrights’ Theater were assigned to tackle and make into a play. Some students had never heard of the word, although they were living in the midst of it, walking through it each school day in Columbia Heights where their after-school program on playwriting is located. Watching stores go up and trees come down, and neighbors disappearing and new people coming in and the bright lights of Target and Best Buy replacing dingy old buildings. At least some people thought they were dingy.
To view the complete text of the article, click here.

To watch a video of this event click here.

To see photos from this event click here.

Young Playwrights will watch as their words move from page to stage

Northwest Current

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.

David Andrew Snider wins the Meyer Foundation's Exponent Award

The Meyer Foundation Exponent Awards were developed as a response to Daring to Lead 2006, a study of executive directors in eight U.S. metropolitan areas conducted by Meyer in partnership with...

YPT's Snider Honored

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.

To view the article click here.




Writing Two Roles for Herself

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.

To link to the complete article, click here.


Behind Bards: Oak Hill students Choose Change

Northwest Current, May 6, 2009

By Rebecca Blatt
Current Columnist

"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.”



Then the actors recite a series of echoes:
“Once upon a time I was doing what I wanted. ...”
“Once upon a time I fell in love with the streets and the stacks. ...”
“Once upon a time I was smoking and fighting and didn’t care....”
“Once upon a time there was a choice and a change, and kids got locked up.”

WAMU 88.5 Covers YPT's "Choosing 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
click here.

To listen to the clip from May 7
click here.



New Play Festival: "A captivating mix"

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."

To read the complete article click here. 




YPT Makes National News!

ABC News Reports on Chasing George Washington

In 2007 Young Playwrights’ Theater partnered with the White House Historical Association and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to create Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure.
The show is slated for a National Tour in the Fall of 2009.

Click here to learn more about Chasing George Washington.





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