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

After-School Playwriting Program The

After-School and Summer
Playwriting Programs


The After-School and Summer Playwriting Programsdevelops students’ creative expression and collaboration by exploring theater as an ensemble.  

Young Playwrights’ Theater conducts programs at partner schools and community centers.

Ensemble Work
Participants work together as a theater company to write monologues and scenes and explore theater through games and the performance of work written by their peers.

YPT Teaching Artists lead the workshops, supervised by Program Director Jared Shamberger.

The end of each semester culminates with a community sharing of student work for students, friends, and families.

In October 2010, 
YPT’s After-School Playwriting Program won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which was presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at a private White House ceremony on October 20.

To Apply

Interested in signing up? Middle school students can participate in the Tuesday afternoon playwriting workshops at Sitar Arts Center and high school students can join the Young Playwrights' Workshop. For information about other community-based after-school programs, contact us.

Recent partner sites for the After-School Playwriting Program include Kelly Miller Middle School, Lincoln Multicultural Middle School, Ferebee Hope Elementary School and MacFarland Middle School through the Project My Time Program, and Tubman Elementary School through a Proving What's Possible grant from DC Public Schools.

For more information on how to bring the After-School Playwriting Program to you school or center, contact Jared Shamberger at 202-387-9173 or

Past Success

In the Spring of 2007 YPT students at Kelly Miller Middle School were featured in the Washington Post for their original play I Rise. To read the post article click here.
The slideshow below features pictures from YPT’s recent After-School programs.  To see all of YPT’s interactive photo albums click here.