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

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a student. How can I participate in YPT's programs?

If you want YPT to come to your school, ask your principal or teachers to contact us to set up an In-School, After-School, or Residency Program. We offer after-school programming at Sitar Arts Center for grades 4-8, and our on-site student ensemble, The Young Playwrights' Workshop, is available to students in grades 8-12. 

I'm a principal/teacher. How can I bring YPT to my classroom?

If you are interested in the In-School or After-School Programs, contact our Programs Director, Jared Shamberger, at 202-387-9173 or via email.

How can I get my child involved?

Ask your student's principal or teacher to contact YPT and bring us into their classroom or if your child is in grades 8-12, learn more about our Young Playwrights' Workshop. You can also always call us at 202-387-9173 for more information.

Does YPT need volunteers?

YPT relies on volunteers throughout the year. Volunteers with daytime availability volunteer regularly in the office or the classroom. Volunteers with school or work commitments during the day participate in evening volunteer events throughout the year, to prepare major mailings and classroom supplies, as well as providing support for fundraisers and performances. Contact Monica Johnson, Administrative Coordinator, at 202-387-9173 or email to find out about current volunteer opportunities.

When and where can I see a YPT performance?

Visit our performances page to see what's coming up next.

I'm an actor, how can I perform in a YPT play?

YPT works with actors in the classroom (during regular school hours) and in productions that take place in the evening. Please email your headshot and resume to with a mention of which opportunities you're interested in (classroom and/or productions).

I work with a theater, how can we collaborate with YPT?

Contact YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris via email or 202-387-9173 to talk about the possibilities. If you would like to set up an ad swap, please email Communication Manager Teshonne Powell.