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YPT In The News

The links below track YPT’s recognition in local and national news.

Theater Brings Literacy to Life for Kids
Published in GOOD Magazine's Project Literacy

In July, 2016, GOOD Magazine's Project Literacy featured YPT in an article on theater and literacy, as part of their Alphabet of Illiteracy campaign! Our story falls under the letter P, for performance.

"For many ... students, YPT marks the first time they’re encouraged to write about whatever they want without censorship. 'Treating those stories with value can do wonders for students’ engagement in the educational process and trigger amazing advances in literacy,' [YPT Executive Director Brigitte] Winter says."

Click here for the full article on theater and literacy!

Karen Zacarías Talks YPT on TCG's "Offscript" Podcast
A Conversation with Washington Post Theater Critic Peter Marks

At the 2016 Theatre Communications Group conference in DC, YPT founder Karen Zacarías was interviewed by Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks on her life and career as one of the world's most produced Latina playwrights. To our delight, he asked her about YPT and she shared our story!

"I said, 'What do I have that can help [young people]? Well, I can write a play!'"

Click here for the full podcast. The conversation about YPT begins at the 45:16 mark. Thank you, Karen - we love you!

How YPT Tackles Literacy
From the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative Blog

In June 2016, the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative featured us on their blog, StoryBank! 

"YPT has a bold approach to closing the literacy achievement gap: give DC students materials to write, polish, and watch their plays come to life."

Thank you for sharing our story, DC Collaborative! Click here for more!

YPT playwright Jarid Shields shares her New Play Festival experience!

2016 New Play Festival Featured Playwright Jarid Shields wrote about her YPT experience for DC Metro Theater Arts, and she had some incredible things to say!

"Reflecting back on my time with Young Playwrights’ Theater has made me think about how so many unique stories are hidden within the crevices of people’s minds and how beneficial this program and programs akin to it are for young, aspiring artists."

Read on for all of Jarid's touching words! 

From Script to Production: My Journey with YPT
by 2016 New Play Festival Featured Playwright Marisa Poe

2016 New Play Festival Featured Playwright Marisa Poe also wrote a piece for DC Metro Theater Arts, and it is just as touching and articulate as Jarid's! 

"When my play was read, the actors made it absolutely hilarious, and it was the first time I really saw my play come to life. It made me feel proud that I could make other people laugh through my play."

Click here for the full text of Marisa's terrific article!

 

From Page to Stage: YPT Helps DC Youth Find Their Voices
The Daily Do Good makes YPT its Featured Nonprofit!


The Daily Do Good, a DC-area nonprofit that highlights the work of other local organizations, made YPT their Featured Nonprofit in September, 2015. 

"YPT (helped) me realize that I could be more than I already am...YPT has helped me believe in myself.”

Thank you to The Daily Do Good for spotlighting our work! Click here for the full article!

 

 

TheatreBloom Shares the Inspiration of the 2015 New Play Festival

Our friends at TheatreBloom attended the second night of the 2015 New Play Festival, and were blown away by the quality of our young playwrights' writing!

"The caliber of work that is coming forth from the YPT program is astounding."

Thank you, TheatreBloom! Click here to read on!

YPT Actor Rick Westerkamp Goes Behind the Scenes of the 2015 New Play Festival

YPT actor and DC Metro Theater Arts critic Rick Westerkamp starred in the first night of the 2015 New Play Festival, then wrote about it the next day! Read his unique and inspiring perspective on working with elementary school playwrights.

"It was during the rehearsal process that I became in awe of the six playwrights, what with their abilities to use a genuine blend of real-life and imagination as the spark of creation for their plays."

Click here for the full piece!

Washington City Paper Makes the 2015 New Play Festival Something "ToDo Today"


Popular DC publication Washington City Paper placed the 2015 New Play Festival at the top of its "ToDo Today" list for April 22, 2015. The City Paper also featured the Festival in the "City Lights" section of its print edition the week before the show. 

"[YPT] encourages students to connect with their inner dramatists and explore their ideas."

Click here for the full feature!


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DC Theatre Scene on the "Exceptional Artistic Talent" of the 2015 New Play Festival

"For two decades, DC’s own Young Playwrights’ Theater has fostered the minds of budding young writers by helping them discover their own theatrical visions." Thus begins a lovely preview of the 2015 New Play Festival, by Keith Loria of DC Theatre Scene!

Click here to read the full article!

"Diane Rehm & DeLoreans" on Display at YPT's 20th Anniversary Gala

Nonprofit newsletter The Daily Do Good came to Giving Back to the Future: YPT's 20th Anniversary Giving Voice Award Gala in March, 2015, and shared their kind thoughts on their blog!

"Your voice matters."

Click here to read the full article! 

Afro.com Gives the Unfiltered Scoop on #nofilter
Afro American Newspaper of DC Shares Performance with Southeast Community

"Four young, Black high school students are [sharing] their stories on an array of issues that are important to them ... in plays that are set to make audiences cry, laugh, and perch on the edge of their seats."

Click to read The Afro American Newspapers of Washington, DC's coverage of New Writers Now! #nofilter, February 2015! 

YPT Acts Up on We Act Radio
Students, Staff Discuss #BlackLivesMatter, Silence Is Violence and New Writers Now! #nofilter

In February 2015, in between Silence Is Violence: a #BlackLivesMatter Event and New Writers Now! #nofilter, YPT students and staff talked to Kymone Freeman of We Act Radio about young voices, artistic expression and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Click the link to hear the full interview, including live readings of poems and scenes!

DC Metro Theater Arts Celebrates the Best of YPT at 20Fest


“Really? A pre-teen wrote this? No way! They did? Wow!”

So begins a lovely review of YPT's 20th Anniversary Festival in December 2014, written by Bev Fleischer of DC Metro Theater Arts! Click here to read the rest of the article.

"Brought to life by local theater companies, each playwright’s distinctive voice was breathtaking."

DC Theatre Scene "Plays Favorites" with YPT's 20Fest Plays


Just in time for YPT's 20th Anniversary Festival, DC Theatre Scene published a lovely overview of our work and preview of the performance. Take a look at what they have to say about the power of student voices!

Click here to read the article.

 

 

YPT Talks Up our 20th Anniversary and 20Fest on "Let's Talk Live!"

In December, 2014, YPT was invited to appear on NewsChannel 8's morning talk show, Let's Talk Live! 

Let's Talk Live! is the only live and local talk show in DC, and we were honored to speak to them about our 20th Anniversary year and exciting 20th Anniversary Festival.

Click here to watch the whole interview!

 

YPT Cuts "Through the Noise" on Nonprofit Communications Strategies

In November 2014, YPT Communications Associate Jeff Gilliland sat down with nonprofit communications podcast Through the Noise to talk about empowering the arts through digital and social media! 

Click here for the full recording. 

 

 

YPT Talks Youth Empowerment on WPFW's "emPower Hour"

YPT Executive Director Brigitte Pribnow Moore, Program Manager Laurie Ascoli and Young Playwrights' Workshop student Joella Roberts speak to emPower Magazine's DeShuna Spencer about sparking student success through playwriting! 

Click here to listen to their live radio interview from November 13, 2014! Interview begins 30 minutes into the program. 

 

YPT Wins the 2014 Washington Post Award!

After being named a Finalist two years running, we were honored and humbled to receive the 2014 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, from The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post! The recognition is a true testament to the power of our work and our community.

Click here to read the full article in The Washington Post!

 

 

DC Metro Theater Arts Shares the "Precious Gift" of the 2014 New Play Festival

Our friends at DC Metro Theater Arts stopped by Night One of the New Play Festival and wrote this wonderful piece on our elementary school plays! 

"The caliber of creativity and cohesive storytelling that was present in these plays shows that there is a great deal of hope and potential for future generations of plays."

Click here for the full piece!

The Monitor Watches Over YPTexas

While we continue to deepen YPT's impact at home in DC, major media outlets in South Texas are sharing our work at Garcia Elementary School in Hidalgo County - and the news keeps getting better and better!

Read what The Monitor, South Texas' largest newspaper, had to say about the difference our In-School Playwriting Program is making with Garcia's bilingual, imaginative and excited fourth graders!

"Boredom: exit stage left."

Click here for the full article! 

Pamela's Punch Eats for Good at the 2014 Giving Voice Award Gala

The leading source of the "who, what, when and where" of the Washington, DC social, professional and philanthropic scene, Pamela's Punch sets the standard for the premier events in the District. Correspondent Lindsey Clark attended our 2014 Giving Voice Award Gala and wrote this wonderful piece encouraging people to come out and support arts education! 

Click here to read the article, and click here to see all of Pamela's Punch's past coverage of YPT events and performances!

DC Theatre Scene Pulls Back the Curtain on "Truth and Dare"

"If we start saying, 'Your voice matters' instead of 'Wait until you’re older,' perhaps the next generation will be more inclined to raise their voice and claim their space. YPT performing student plays is activism in its most direct form." 

Read all this and more in DCTS's wonderful review of New Writers Now! Truth and Dare!

Click here to read the full article

 

 

 

Valley Town Crier Rings the Bell for YPT's Texas Program!

In January, 2014, YPT launched its first In-School Playwriting Program outside Greater Washington at Garcia Elementary School in Hidalgo County, Texas. Local newspaper The Valley Town Crier broke the story with a wonderful piece on our program launch and visit to the area!

Click here to read the article.

 

 

Detroit Unspun Spins a Yarn about the 524 Project

Motor City blog Detroit Unspun wrote a terrific piece on the 524 Project, the collaboration between YPT and Detroit's InsideOut Literary Arts Project that will connect a Detroit poetry class and a DC playwriting class via twenty-first century technology.

"If we listen closely, I think we’ll hear a new definition of Detroit, one that accepts the past, redefines the present and gives us fresh perspective on the future."

Click here to read the full article.

Positive Detroit Positively Raves about the 524 Project!

Positive Detroit, a blog dedicated to "churning out positive, important, and newsworthy happenings in and around 'The D'," featured the 524 Project as just such a bright light in a city that's seen its fair share of darkness!

Click here to read the article.

We Love DC loves YPT!

We Love DC interviewed Artistic Director Nicole Jost in June 2013 about the Young Playwrights’ Workshop Presents performance in the Source Festival.

"This kind of self-expression builds confidence. It helps you realize your own power. So I hope that this year’s workshop members gain a sense of pride in their own work, and the knowledge that they can do absolutely anything they set their minds to."

Click here to read the full interview.

Washington Post Backstage features Workshop

The Washington Post’s Backstage section featured an article about YPT’s after-school Young Playwrights’ Workshop and their final performance in the 2013 Source Festival.

Click here and scroll down to read the full article.

 

 

The Scene DMV at the New Play Festival

The Scene DMV attended the 2013 New Play Festival to learn more about YPT’s programs and performances from Executive Director Brigitte Moore, Festival playwright Gi’Armoni Dorsey and YPT alumna Cecelia Jenkins.

Click here to watch the piece.

 

 

"Write to Dream" Book in Northwest Current

"When Chelsea Kirk first started teaching playwriting to her students at the Maya Angelou Academy — a public charter school located within New Beginnings, a residential detention center for D.C. youth — she found it to be ’by far the most defining experience for my scholars and our school culture.’"

Click here to read the full article!

 

 

 

YPT and "Write to Dream" in Education Week

Education Week was in attendance when YPT launched our first nationally-published book, "Write to Dream", at Busboys and Poets on March 27, 2013.

Read the article here.

 

 

"Is there a young Shakespeare here?"

Man About Town’s Bob Madigan interviewed YPT alumni Shannon Marshall and Paul McCoyer about their experience in YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program and how they feel about being published playwrights.

Click here to listen!

 

 

 

 

"Write to Dream" Book Launch in the Washington Post
On March 27, 2013, YPT launched our first nationally-published book at Busboys and Poets. Hear about the event and the book from the Washington Post
 
"Many of the students found the plays helped them cope with hard lives. ’It’s beautiful to be able to engage with that difficulty and that challenge through the art of playwriting,’ Kirk said."

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

YPT's Virginia Playwrights Featured in the Arlington Connection

YPT's first nationally-published book, Write to Dream, features the work of four amazing Arlington playwrights. Get to know three of them and hear from their parents about YPT's lasting effect in the Arlington Connection.

“Having a creative outlet is really important. It’s kind of hard to, in everyday life or in school assignments, put your emotions out on paper,” said Boomsma. “A lot of people who write are able to express their feelings in a story. I think that’s really helpful to do.”

Read the full article here.

 

 

Fox 5 News Stops by to Learn about "Write to Dream"

YPT's book Write to Dream was featured on Fox 5 News on January 9, 2013, including interviews with Executive Director Brigitte Moore and Love, Math and Martians Don't Mix playwright Cassidy Boomsma.

 

Click here to watch!

"Write to Dream" featured on DC Theatre Scene

In The Wonka Wonka Cool Girls Club, playwright Cecilia Jenkins’ debut work, Anne Marie – the Mother Superior of Mean Girls in the seventh grade – has formed “the coolest club in school.”

She invites Cat to join, but not Cat’s friend Shelly, because “I heard that late at night when you went to sleep, you take your hair off.”

Cat joins, but then she learns about the secret rules, and…well, you’ll just have to read the play after you buy “Write to Dream,” the newly published collection from the Young Playwrights’ Theater.

Click here for the full article. 

 

The Catalogue for Philanthropy Discusses "Write to Dream"

"In browsing through the 350+ page book, I was inspired by the creativity, imagination, and honesty of YPT’s playwrights — and the maturity of content that many of their works expressed."

Read the full article on the Catalogue for Philanthropy blog here.

 

#GivingTuesday in the Washington Post

YPT recently participated in the first ever #GivingTuesday, and donor and Company member Vanessa Strickland was interviewed in the Washington Post about why she chose to support YPT on a day of giving back. Read the full article here.

 

 

 

"Welcome to Our World" on the Washington Post Blog

YPT’s Young Playwrights’ Workshop was featured in an article in the Washington Post blog The Root DC. Learn about their June 11 play, "Welcome to Our World", here!

 

 

 

 

Nonprofit’s turnaround has brought it lots of attention
The Washington Post highlights YPT as a collaborative, innovative nonprofit in this article. The Post sponsors the Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, an award YPT was honored as a finalist for in May of 2012. 

 

 

 

YPT a Finalist for the Washington Post Award

In May of 2012, YPT was honored as a finalist for the Washington Post’s 2012 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. Learn more about the award here and read a blog post on the award by Catalog for Philanthropy here.

 

 

 

DC Theatre Scene reviews the New Play Festival

"At times, I felt as though I had been allowed into a world my children rarely let me see..." Read the full review here!

 

 

 

Greater DC Cares Award

On April 19, 2012, YPT was honored with the HandsOn Greater DC Cares 2012 Community Impact Award. Learn more about the Volunteer Impact Awards and the 2012 Servathon here.

 

 

 

 

 

WeLoveDC wants to see you at the New Play Festival

"In case you haven’t noticed, the DC theater community is growing, and fast; but what kind of plays can we look forward to down the road? If you’re interested in the future of DC theater, there’s no better place to look than toward our youngest playwrights." Click here to read the full article!

 

 

YPT Reviewer Talks to "WTOP Radio's Man About Town" Bob Madigan

On February 14, 2012, DC Theatre Scene’s Larry Bangs wrote a rave review of New Writers Now - Mad Love! A week later, on February 21, Larry was interviewed by WTOP’s Bob Madigan about his review! Listen here.

 

 

 

American University's College of Arts & Sciences talks to David Snider

Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Snider is "Putting the Arts in Arts Management." Click here to read the full American University article.

 

 

 

DC Theatre Scene Reviews New Writers Now! - Mad Love

"With all due respect to the well-heeled professional companies in D.C., these kids wrote some of the freshest, most vibrant, and flat-out funny theatre that I have seen since last summer’s Fringe Festival."

Read the rest of the review here!

Stupid Cupid: The Ugly Side of Valentine's Day

NBC stopped by New Writers Now! - Mad Love on February 13, 2012 as part of a piece on the celebration of Anti-Valentine’s Day. See the clip here.

 

 

 

CEO David Snider tells theatreWashington "Why Theatre Matters"
"I know that as I reflect on important moments in my life when I truly learned something, most of them didn’t happen sitting silently at a desk." Click here to read more about why theater matters--especially for young people.
Program Manager Nicole Jost Featured in Washingtonian's "List of Women to Watch"

"These ladies may not have made the list of 100 most powerful women in Washington this year, but at the rate they’re going, they’ll land there soon enough!" See what they had to say about Nicole here!

 

 

The reviews are in for "Out of the Shadow"!

DC Theatre Scene and Maryland Theatre Guide loved the Young Playwrights’ Workshop’s performance of Out of the Shadow at the Capital Fringe Festival! Check out the DC Theatre Scene review here and the Maryland Theatre Guide review here.

 

 

WAMU reports on the Young Playwrights' Workshop

WAMU stopped by the office during rehearsals for Out of the Shadow to talk to the students about the play and give audiences a sneak peak. Listen here.

 

 

Harris' Heroes

YPT’s Young Playwrights’ Workshop was featured on WJLA’s segment Harris’ Heroes. Watch some behind-the-scenes footage as Workshop students prepare for their performance of Out of the Shadow at the Capital Fringe Festival and talk about why bullying is such an important topic!

 

 

CEO David Snider Congratulated in Washington Post

Greater DC Cares celebrated the 2011 Impact Summit Award winners in the Washington Post on Tuesday, June 21. Among the recipients was YPT Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Snider, winner of the Essence of Leadership Award.

 

 

 

Arte inspira a jóvenes a resolver problemas de su entorno

New Writers Now! - Luv in the Time of Txting playwright Fatima Rodriguez was featured in an article in El Pregonero. Read about her experience with YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program and the live performance of her play on May 23.



 

 

 

A D.C. cemetery's dead come to life again on stage

YPT was featured in a story by the Washington Post about Woodlawn Cemetery and the performance of Woodlawn at the National Geographic Museum on Thursday, March 10.

 

 

 

 

Battle for the Budget

YPT was featured in a story by PBS on the state of the federal budget after the midterm elections, and how it might affect arts programs like YPT.

 

 

 

YPT on Prince of Petworth

"Congrats to Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) Recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award"  


To read the full article, click here. 

 

 


YPT on TBD

The Young Plawrights’ Theater will receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in a private White House ceremony today. The award – the highest honor in arts education – will be presented by first lady Michelle Obama to director David Snider and program participants Heidi Lovo, a graduate of Bell Multicultural High School, and Mariana Pavón Sánchez, a student at Wakefield High School in Arlington.

To read the full article, click here.

Broadway World

Broadway World featured an article on YPT as we accepted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House on Wed, October 20. To see the full article, click here.

 

 

 

YPT featured in the Washington Post

First lady Michelle Obama will present a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Wednesday to the Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), which teaches playwriting in Washington area schools. YPT will receive $10,000 to expand its programming.

Click here to read the full article from the Washington Post.

 

 

Woodlawn Cemetery Project in East of the River Magazine

YPT’s collaboration with Greater DC Cares at Woodlawn Cemetery was featured in the October 2010 issue of East of the River Magazine. Click here to view the article.

 

 

 

Washington Life

 

David Andrew Snider and the Exponent Awards were featured in the July Edition of Washington Life. Click here to view the article.

 

 

 

Non-profit Superheroes
Association and Non-Profit Bisnow

by Jessica Sidman

Don’t let the lack of capes, laser beams, and x-ray goggles fool you. Last night, we celebrated five non-profit superheroes at the Meyer Foundation’s annual Exponent Awards at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

To read the full article click here.

 

 

 

YPT Chosen as Semifinalist for 2010 Coming Up Taller Award
President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Young Playwrights’ Theater has been chosen for recognition as a 2010 Coming Up Taller Semifinalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

YPT was chosen as one of 50 semifinalists from over 459 nominations from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. According to the letter we received on May 12, "Your program’s selection as one of the 50 semifinalists distinquishes it as one of the top arts- and humanities- based programs in the country."

The letter was signed by Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Marsha Semmel, Acting Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and James A. Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Award recipients will be chosen from among the semi-finalists by the end of June.

To see a complete list of semi-finalists click here.

YPT Receives Award From Georgetown Philanthropy Class
Georgetown University News

YPT was the recent beneficiary of an award from students in Georgetown’s "Philanthropy and Social Change" course.  The following article details the innovative course and partnership that led to this award.

Students Award $31,000 to Local, Global Nonprofits
by Rachel Pugh

A new sociology course, “Philanthropy and Social Change,” lived up to its name this spring when its students decided to distribute $31,000 to nonprofit organizations.
 


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Young writers share a neighborhood's stories of change
Washington Post, Wednesday, February 24, 2010

by DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer

Photo by Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post
 
Gentrification was the subject the students in the Young Playwrights’ Theater were assigned to tackle and make into a play. Some students had never heard of the word, although they were living in the midst of it, walking through it each school day in Columbia Heights where their after-school program on playwriting is located. Watching stores go up and trees come down, and neighbors disappearing and new people coming in and the bright lights of Target and Best Buy replacing dingy old buildings. At least some people thought they were dingy.
 
To view the complete text of the article, click here.

To watch a video of this event click here.

To see photos from this event click here.

Young Playwrights will watch as their words move from page to stage
Northwest Current

February 17, 2010

Mary Ann Barton, Current Correspondent
Photo by Bill Petros

This article covers the upcoming New Play Festival and profiles playwrights Kalia Snowden, Brenda Reyes and Becky Koretz. Click here to view the PDF.

David Andrew Snider wins the Meyer Foundation's Exponent Award

We are proud to announce that our own Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Andrew Snider has won the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation’s Exponent Award in honor of his innovative leadership.  Mr. Snider has led Young Playwrights’ Theater since 2005. 
The Exponent Award celebrates the accomplishments of exceptional nonprofit leaders. In selecting its awardees, the Foundation considered each nominee’s track record as a manager and leader, including his or her success at increasing the quality and impact of the organization’s work. 
"David is the rare combination of a great artist and great leader.   He works tirelessly to ensure Young Playwrights’ Theater thrives at improving the lives of thousands of students.  He is an inspired and inspiring advocate for the entire nonprofit community of Greater Washington.  I am thrilled he will receive this award."       
           --  Karen Zacarias, Founding Artistic Director
 
To see video, view pictures and learn more about David and the Exponent Award click here. 

 

To download a printable two-page flier about Young Playwrights’ Theater click here.


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YPT's Snider Honored
The Washington Post, Backstage, Jane Horwitz

The Post’s Jane Horwitz writes about YPT’s Producing Artistic Director, David Andrew Snider, winning the Meyer Foundation’s Exponent Award.

To view the article click here.

 

 

 

Writing Two Roles for Herself
Washington Post, May 8, 2009

By Ellen McCarthy 
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 8, 2009

Karen Zacarías, mother of three children younger than 8 years old, begins her day by serving breakfast. Then it’s a book read, shoes on, car seats buckled, a song sung, kids dropped at appropriate locations, a kiss goodbye. Once that routine is complete, she will shower -- finally -- and become her other self: the 39-year-old woman who has emerged as one of Washington’s most successful and prolific playwrights.

To link to the complete article, click here.

 

Behind Bards: Oak Hill students Choose Change
Northwest Current, May 6, 2009

By Rebecca Blatt
Current Columnist

"Choosing Change,” on stage this week at the GALA Hispanic Theatre, begins with a blast of music, the smash of a gavel and a simple line: “Once upon a time I made a choice, and there was a change.”

 

 

Then the actors recite a series of echoes:
“Once upon a time I was doing what I wanted. ...”
“Once upon a time I fell in love with the streets and the stacks. ...”
“Once upon a time I was smoking and fighting and didn’t care....”
“Once upon a time there was a choice and a change, and kids got locked up.”
 
WAMU 88.5 Covers YPT's "Choosing Change"
May 15, 2009

Stephanie Kay of local NPR station WAMU 88.5 produced three separate pieces on YPT’s play Choosing Change in the past week. The longest of these aired May 15, 2009.  See below for links to each of the pieces.

To listen to the story from Metro Connection on May 15, 2009 click here.

To listen to the clip from May 6
click here.

To listen to the clip from May 7
click here.

 

 

New Play Festival: "A captivating mix"
Washington Post Express, April 2, 2009

The Washington Post Express wrote about the New Play Festival in their "Night Out" section, calling the slate of plays "a captivating mix."

To read the complete article click here. 

 

 

 

YPT Makes National News!
ABC News Reports on Chasing George Washington
In 2007 Young Playwrights’ Theater partnered with the White House Historical Association and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to create Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure.
 
The show is slated for a National Tour in the Fall of 2009.

Click here to learn more about Chasing George Washington.

 

 

 

 

YPT News 2007-2008

Express Picks Green Growing and Original as Top Stop

DC’s free daily, the Express, chose YPT’s event New Writers Now! Green Growing and Original as their Top Stop for Monday, December 15th, 2008.  Click here to see the Express.

 

WTOP’s Man About Town Visits with YPT

Bob Madigan of WTOP News profiles YPT for his Man About Town series, interviewing playwrights Jorge Hernandez and Vanessa Vatran from October’s New Writers Now!  

To hear the radio news segment follow this link. Scroll down to the clip called "The Play’s the Thing."

Prince of Petworth Article about YPT

Writing for local blog, the Prince of Petworth, Tina explores Young Playwrights’ Theater. She says "This is one of those places that you find out about and wish more people knew it existed."

For more, click here.

Celebrating Community: A New Writers Now! Event in honor of
Hispanic Heritage month

Washington, DC -- The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) partnered with Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) on Monday, October 27, 2008 to present Celebrating Community: A New Writers Now! Event in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.

For more info click here.

The 4th Grade Times

Past Promising Playwright Sophie ReVeal publishes The 4th Grade Times. For her October edition, she assigned classmate and fellow past promising playwright Jane Stirling to write an article about YPT. 

Click here to download a PDF of the October edition of The 4th Grade Times.

4th Grade Times

Leader to Leader Honors YPT

Leader to Leader Institute chose YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program as their Nonprofit Innovation of the Week for August 6 – 13, 2008. Chosen from among hundreds of submissions, YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program was noted for fully integrating English Language Arts Standards into the curriculum and working to implement an in-school model that can be replicated throughout D.C. Public Schools and beyond. 

Searching for Solutions in Trinidad
WAMU’s Metro Connection
 
In the summer of 2008 YPT teamed with CityDance to provide an innovative playwriting and choreography camp at the Trinidad Recreation Center.  The summer camp was highlighted in a recent piece on WAMU’s Metro Connection, "Searching for Solutions in Trinidad." 
 
 
Chasing George Washington performed at White House
First Lady introduces new musical written with help from YPT students

On Friday March 7th, the new musical Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure, written by YPT’s Founding Artistic Director Karen Zacarias with help from YPT students at Capitol City Public Charter School had a special performance in the White House’s East Room.

For the full article on Mrs. Bush’s remarks as she introduced the play click here.

For more about Chasing George Washington click here.

White House Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian. 

 
 
Chasing George Washington to a Good Story
Washington Times, March 13, 2008
 
 
The dude on the dollar bill leaps to life in Karen Zacarias’ entertaining and sometimes inspiring children’s musical "Chasing George Washington." The production (at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater) also features a spry score by Deborah Wicks La Puma that ably mixes hip-hop, disco, ballads and traditional show music.
 
 
 

DCist Interview with Program Manager, Patrick Torres

DCist, a popular local blog did an in-depth article on Young Playwrights’ Theater and Program Manager, Patrick Torres in advance of the 2008 New Play Festival. 
 

 

 
 
Spotlight: Back on Stage
Washingtonian, February 2008
 
 
Washingtonian wrote about Karen Zacarias’ incredible season, with four new plays opening in Washington.  
 
 
 
Dramatic Possibilities
Sojourners, January 2008
 
 
Sojourners, a magazine of faith, politics and culture wrote about YPT Founding Artistic Director, Karen Zacarias in their article "Dramatic Possibilites."
 
 
 
Confronting Immigration Head-On
Washington Post, December 14, 2007
 
The Washington Post profiled Patrick Crowley’s play "The Nation of Immigrants Project."  Patrick Crowley said "I do theater because I want to increase the dialogue."
 

 

 
 
David Snider: East of the River’s Heavy-Hitting Theater Advocate
East of the River, June 2007
East of the River profiled YPT Producing Artistic Director, David Snider about his work with YPT and as head of the League of Washington Theatres.
 
 
 
 
YPT News from 2007 and Before
Click on the title to view the full article or press release.
 
 
On The Rise  
from The Washington Post, May 29, 2007
 
Students from YPT’s afterschool program at Kelly Miller Middle school are featured in the Kidspost for their original play. [filetype:PDF]
 
 A Creative Teenager Mourned, Celebrated
from The Washington Post, May 22, 2007

The May New Writers Now! staged reading was a tribute to Edwin Ventura, a student at Bell Multicultural High School who tragically lost his life in April of 2007. Article by Elissa Silverman [filetype: pdf]
The Next Generation of Playwrights  
 
from The Washington Examiner, May 7, 2007
The Washington Examiner lauds YPT’s Express Tour as "the future of American the American Stage." [filetype:PDF]

Where do we go from here?  
from the magazine American Theatre, April 2007

Founding Artistic Director, Karen Zacarias, joins a panel of leading playwrights to discuss the future of the theatre. [filetype:Word doc]
African Roots/Latino Soul
 
from The Washington Post, October 4, 2006

An article about the play of the same name, co-produced in Fall of 2006 by YPT and Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater.

A Fabulous Gamble
from the Washington Theater Review, Fall 2005
 
An overview of all that is YPT. Article by Daryl Davis [filetype: pdf]
Karen Zacarias: A Writer’s Tightrope
from American Theatre Magazine, January 2006
 
"She’s in the family business but goes about it her own way." Article and interview by Caridad Svich. [filetype: word doc]
Finding Unity in Words
from The Washington Post, June 23, 2005
"Student playwrights celebrate heritage through drama." Article by Lindsay Ryan. [filetype: word doc]
What a genius - "Einstein is a Dummy"
In November of 2005 a new musical at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta takes a fun look at the Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein. [filetype: pdf]
 
For Zacarias - Chicago’s Goodman is a ’Desert’ Oasis
from The Washington Post, January 25, 2005
 
YPT Founder, Karen Zacarias’s play "The Sins of Sor Juana" opened at the renowned Goodman Theatre in Chicago. [filetype: word doc]