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

Farah Lawal Harris

Artistic Director

Farah Lawal Harris (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Nigerian playwright, actress, director, and member of the DC-based playwrights’ collective The Welders. She deeply believes in the power of black women and their stories and aims to make people feel less alone through her art, which is her activism. Farah co-founded Washington, DC-based theatre companies, The Saartjie Project and Wild Women Theatre, and is a three-time individual artist grant recipient from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Farah created YPT’s acclaimed Silence is Violence social justice performance series and shifted the organization in a new direction by producing high-quality, multi-performance runs of full-length plays written by DC-area young people. 

Before joining YPT, Farah worked as a Grants Specialist on a government contract and a Development Manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter. She holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland-College Park in Theatre Performance, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and African American Studies and graduated with High Honors. In summer 2018, her one-act play, America’s Wives, was produced by Capital Fringe in their inaugural Writing Refreshed series. Farah’s plays have been produced in the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival (FRESHH Inc. and The Welders), Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Development Series, Convergence Theatre, the Capital Fringe Festival, and the DC Black Theatre Festival

Farah currently resides in Maryland with her husband and son. For more information, please visit