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

After-School Playwriting Program The

After-School and Summer
Playwriting Programs


The After-School and Summer Playwriting Programsdevelops students’ creative expression and collaboration by exploring theater as an ensemble.  

Young Playwrights’ Theater conducts programs at partner schools and community centers.

Ensemble Work
Participants work together as a theater company to write monologues and scenes and explore theater through games and the performance of work written by their peers.

YPT Teaching Artists lead the workshops, supervised by Program Director Jared Shamberger.

The end of each semester culminates with a community sharing of student work for students, friends, and families.

In October 2010, 
YPT’s After-School Playwriting Program won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which was presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at a private White House ceremony on October 20.

To Apply

For more information about how to bring YPT's programs to a classroom, please contact Jared Shamberger at, 202-387-9173 or complete the YPT Programs Information form.