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

Classroom Actor Auditions

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) hosts auditions for actors interested in performing for our classrooms, staged readings and productions. YPT believes that every student has a story worth telling and hires professional actors to help tell these stories. YPT’s actors follow our PLAY acting technique, which includes:

  • Physicality

  • Lifting the words from the page

  • Active, bold choices

  • Saying Yes

Classroom Acting Opportunities

YPT hires both Equity and non-Equity actors throughout the school year to go directly into elementary, middle and high school classrooms in DC, Maryland and Virginia to bring students’ words to life. YPT’s classroom actors are great at improvisation, possess strong cold reading skills, can play a wide range of characters and respect the ideas and work of young people. In addition, they are professional, reliable, punctual and have daytime availability.

Production Acting Opportunities

Non-Equity actors perform in YPT’s annual New Play Festival, Silence is Violence social justice performance series as well as special projects. YPT’s production actors possess the same skills listed above and have evening availability. Please note that production opportunities are not available for Equity actors.

2018 Audition Dates and Times (please plan to stay for the full hour):

Classroom Acting Auditions take place from 12:00pm - 1:00pm and Production Acting Auditions take place from 6:30pm - 7:30pm on the following dates:

Thursday, January 18

Thursday, February 15

Thursday, March 15

Thursday, June 14

Thursday, July 19

Thursday, August 16

Thursday, September 20

Thursday, October 18

Thursday, November 15

What to Prepare

All actors should bring one hard copy of their headshot and resume to their audition.

For Classroom Acting Auditions, be prepared to engage in a group improvisation activity of performing a play without an ending and to individually perform a side that will be provided at the audition.

For Production Acting Auditions, please prepare a memorized 60-90 second monologue and be ready to perform it again with an adjustment.

Those who wish to audition for both in-classroom and production opportunities should attend the 12:00pm audition time and be prepared to perform their monologue after the main portion of the audition.

How to Submit

Please email with the following:

  • An electronic version of your headshot and resume

  • Your preferred audition date and time

  • The type of YPT acting you’d like to audition for (classroom, production or both)

  • If accommodation will be needed in order to attend the audition (YPT’s office is on the 3rd floor with no elevator).

Please DO NOT call the YPT main office for questions about auditions. Email your questions to and a member of YPT’s Production team will respond.

Audition Location

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT)

2437 15th Street NW, 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 20009

Dial #012 on the callbox to be buzzed in.

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YPT does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Actors of all ethnicities, abilities and genders are strongly encouraged to audition.