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SIV The Future of the Field

Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) Presents
Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field


A Devised Virtual Performance Directed by YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris
In Residency at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts

March 2021

In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation’s growing awareness about racism and oppression after the death of George Floyd, Jr., Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field will explore how young theater artists from Howard University envision the future of American theater. 

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Call for Submissions from Howard University Theatre Artists of All Disciplines!

Selected Howard students will participate in a devising process in the fall semester; student performers will take part in a rehearsal and filming process with professional actors in the spring semester. All students will receive university credits for their participation in this project. The deadline to submit is September 30, 2020.

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About Silence is Violence

About Silence is Violence

Since its inception in 2015, Silence is Violence has been YPT’s most immediate and direct route of addressing social justice issues affecting Washington, DC area youth through performance and community dialogue.

Each Silence is Violence performance centers the voices of our young people and the issues that affect them the most. The series has addressed issues of police brutality and the resulting murders of Black people at the hands of police, immigration policies that abuse the rights of and negatively affect the lives of immigrants and naturalized citizens, LGBTQ+ stories, culture and pride, urban environmentalism, gentrification and the experiences of displaced young, Black mothers.

Silence is Violence serves as a means for young people to actively communicate their concerns through targeted dramatic writing workshops and community partnerships. With these young people’s permission, YPT shapes their words into a theatrical production featuring professional performers, furthering YPT’s vision that young people’s voices are not only significant but also powerful.