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Special Projects

Young Playwrights’ Theater often collaborates with theaters, museums, and other institutions to create timely works, highlighting the voices of DC students in some of Washington’s most prestigious venues. 

Businesses, museums, theaters or community organizations seeking to create a special project with YPT can contact Executive Director Brigitte Winter at

Looking back...

Past Collaborations

Check out some of our past works below.

Crossing the Street: SW Is...

Fall 2016


Crossing the Street: SW Is... is a workshop series and community festival that explores what Southwest DC was, is and can be. Through...

The 524 Project

Spring 2014

In August of 2013, YPT was thrilled to learn that we won a $50,000 grant that enabled us to partner with Detroit-based InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) and Meridian Hill Pictures (MHP) to work...

The Civil War Special Project

Spring 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011
7pm Performance

As part of our Special Projects program, YPT was commissioned by Ford’s Theatre to explore some of the themes and issues that still reverberate today from the...

The Woodlawn Cemetery Project

Winter 2011

On February 7, 2011, at 7pm at GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th St. NW), YPT premiered Woodlawn, a new play created collaboratively with residents and organizations throughout Ward 7 in Washington, ...

The Good Neighbor

YPT Collaborates with Fannie Mae to Premiere Community Play on Homelessness

Update: On June 24, 2011, YPT was excited to launch the new playwriting curriculum we created with Fannie Mae in the Fall of 2010. Beginning this summer, this innovative, interactive writing...

Choosing Change

Spring 2009

By the students of Oak Hill Academy

Directed by David Andrew Snider

In collaboration with the students of Oak Hill Academy and Mentoring Today,...

Chasing George Washington:

A White House Adventure

 A world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
and co-production with the White House Historical Association

Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by John Vreeke


The Nation of Immigrants Project

Presented by Patrick Crowley and YPT

Who gets to decide who belongs in the United States of America?

Young Playwrights’ Theater and playwright Patrick Crowley, in partnership with GALA Hispanic Theatre, presented the professional...

American Rice

The Smithsonian Institution commissioned Young Playwrights’ Theater to create an original piece on Asian American identity. YPT Program Manager Patrick Torres led six months of workshops with Asian...

African Roots Latino Soul

“What is the music inside you?”






Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s traveling art exhibit Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits, YPT’s Retratos was commissioned by the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater. 




Written by Bell Multicultural High School students in reaction to the Holocaust, Choices was a life-changing experience for many of its writers. 

After reading Elie Weisel’s Night and through pen-pal relationships with the Kfar HaNoar Mozenson school students in Hod HaSharon, Israel, the Bell students were inspired to express their own struggles with violence and loss. Karen Zacarias worked with them to create Choices. Students told of losing their houses to arson, and holding dying friends in their arms as a means of trying to imagine the degree of loss and sacrifice endured by those targeted during the Holocaust, as well as their resolve. 

Choices was directed by Abel Lopez and performed at Theater J in 2004. 





Holy Ghosts: Stories from Meridian Hill

Working with Washington Parks and People, students in YPT’s After-School program explored Meridian Hill Park, an urban jewel in the midst of Washington, DC and a setting for many historic events. 


Students interviewed community members about their experiences and memories of the park.



Their play Holy Ghosts: Stories from Meridian Hill was performed in Meridian Hill Park in 2001 by professional actors. 

Special Projects Photo Album

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Special Projects photos on Flickr.