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

Resources for Students

 Resources for Students

Express Yourself Clearly and

Express Yourself Clearly and Creatively Through the Art of Playwriting!

At YPT, we believe that each person has a story worth telling. We invite you to share your ideas, dreams and beliefs through the playwright’s craft.

What’s your story? How will you tell it?

The articles below will tell you how to get involved with YPT and give you tools to start writing plays on your own, too. 

The In-School Playwriting Program

With the In-School Playwriting Program, YPT comes to YOUR SCHOOL! Click here to learn more about the In-School Program.

If you’re interested in the In-School Program, talk to your principal, a teacher, or your parents about applying. To apply, they can reach out to Jared Shamberger at 202-387-9173 or email

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. The Workshop culminates every year in a public performance at the Source Festival in June! 

The Workshop meets in YPT’s studio space every Wednesday
from 4:15 to 5:45pm.

Wanna join the fun? Contact Farah Harris at

Playwriting Resources

Want to write a play, but don’t know where to start? These tools will help you.


Cheap Tickets for Students!

One great way to learn about playwriting is to go to a play! The following are some of the DC-area theaters that offer affordable and/or discounted tickets for students.


Pay-What-You-Want Tickets for All!

One great way to see live theater at any price is to check out a YPT performance. Find out what’s up next here.