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Resources for Parents

Help Your Child Express Themselves Through the Art of Playwriting!

At YPT, we know that parental involvement is crucial to a child’s success. We hope that you will get involved with YPT as a way to support your son or daughter’s interest in the arts.

The articles below are a good introduction to YPT’s programs. We’ve also assembled a guide that will introduce your child to playwriting. Check out our events to get a chance to see us live and in person!


The In-School Playwriting Program

With the In-School Playwriting Program, YPT comes directly to your child’s school. Click here to learn more about the In-School program.

If you’re interested in the In-School program, get in touch with your child’s principal, or a teacher at their school. You can download the application here.

The Young Playwrights’ Workshop

The Young Playwrights’ Workshop is YPT’s award-winning student theater ensemble for eighth to twelfth graders. To be accepted into the Workshop, students must demonstrate an interest in expressing themselves using the art of theater.

In the Workshop, students work together to create, develop, rehearse, and perform an original play. A professional teaching artist helps the ensemble develop a foundation of theater skills that form the basis for creating work. Students learn a diverse set of skills: improvisation, stage combat, clowning, solo performance, and playwriting. The resulting performance is held at a professional theater in the DC area and attended by a public audience.

The Workshop meets in YPT’s studio space every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.

Think your child might be interested? Contact Farah Harris at


Playwriting Resources

If your child is interested in playwriting, why not help them write a play at home? These tools will help him/her get started.


Cheap Tickets for Students!

One great way to expose your son or daughter to the arts is by taking him/her to see a play! The following are some of the DC area theaters that offer affordable and/or discounted tickets for students. 

Name Your Own Price Tickets!



One great way to see live theater for no money at all is to check out a YPT performance. Find out what’s up next here.