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

Meet the Ensemble

Autumn Angelettie

Autumn (she/her/hers) is a student actor, playwright, and director from Greater Philadelphia, pursuing her BFA in Acting from Howard University. She is thrilled to make her Young Playwrights’ Theater debut in Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field. Autumn last appeared in the world premiere of Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem at Theater Alliance. Her credits as a playwright and director include revolution: an antilogy (8x10 Play Festival, Third Place Winner); The Housewarming; Green Eggs and Ham With a Side of Assassination (8x10 Play Festival); and Neighborhood Blue (Philly Young Playwrights Monologue Festival, First Place Winner). Autumn currently serves as the President of the Howard Players and organizes with Police Free CSD and Black Lives Matter Philly. 

Autumn wants audiences to consider where art and action meet in their own lives: what tangible actions do you take, and what work do you create, that make the world a better place? 

Ayanna Fowler

Ayanna (she/her/hers) is delighted to be a part of Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field. Originally from Chicago, IL, but now residing in the D.C. area, she is a graduating senior from Howard University’s acting program. Previously she has been an Advocacy ensemble member in Arena Stage’s Voices of Now. She feels honored to be able to have this creative opportunity during this time and to be able to expand on what theatre will look like. 

From Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field, she wants people to be able to walk away with a sense of empowerment, inspiration, confidence, and activism. 

She can be found on Instagram: @ ayye_yanna.

Jaucqir LaFond

Jaucqir (he/him/his, they/them/theirs) is a third-year acting major and classical voice minor at Howard University. Recently, Jaucqir wrote and directed their first play, Rehearsal, for the Howard Players’ 8x10 Festival. Before that, they appeared as “Ross” in Spell no.7 (Ira Aldridge Theatre) and in a traveling devising ensemble (NEWorks Productions & Busboys and Poets). They are thankful for this opportunity to work with the Young Playwrights’ Theater. 

More than anything, Jaucqir hopes that this production of Silence is Violence encourages the audience to not only begin a dialogue about the topics discussed but to also spend some time conducting internal analysis about their own relationship to everyday oppression and marginalized communities.

You can find Jaucqir on Instagram: @jaucqir.