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

Farah Lawal Harris

Artistic Director

Farah Lawal Harris is an actress, playwright, teaching artist, director, poet and proud recipient of a 2015 and 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program individual artist grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Prior to joining YPT, Farah worked as a Grants Specialist on a government contract, as well as a Development Manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter. She holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland-College Park in Theatre Performance, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and African American Studies and graduated with High Honors. Farah was a Founding Member of the Washington, DC-based theatre companies The Saartjie Project and Wild Women Theatre and has performed with various companies including dog & pony dc, The Source Festival, 500 Clown and the Inkwell. She performed her one-woman show, So Do You Love Me Yet? in the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival and continues to write plays based black women's experiences. Farah’s plays have been produced in the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival (FRESHH Inc.), Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Development Series, Convergence Theatre, the Capital Fringe Festival and the DC Black Theatre Festival. For more information, please visit