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Young Playwrights’ Workshop

The Young Playwrights’ Workshop was YPT’s award-winning student theater ensemble. Members worked together to create, develop, rehearse and perform an original play. A professional teaching artist would help the ensemble develop a foundation of theater skills that form the basis for creating new work. Students learned a diverse set of skills: improvisation, stage combat, clowning, solo performance and playwriting. Each year, the program culminates in a theatrical experience open to the public.

YPT's 2017-18 Young Playwrights' Workshop

Young Playwrights' Workshop presents...
Peek Into Process: The Curse of the Burnes'

Tuesday, June 19, at 7pm

Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon PL, SE

FREE! No ticket reservation required.

The playwright-performers of Young Playwrights’ Workshop offer you a glimpse into their artistic process! In an interactive, staged reading, you’ll see how they devised their time-travel mystery play, the Curse of the Burnes’, using improvisation, actor and writing techniques. Get a chance to create with them by choosing what happens next from select scenes and offering feedback to the playwrights!

This performance is free and open to the public, and donations will be welcome and accepted throughout the evening.

YPT's 2016-2017 Young Playwrights' Workshop

The young playwrights of YPT's 2016-2017 Young Playwrights' Workshop are...

las Baker, KaMiya Barrett, Jerome Clark, Jr., Sharome Clark, Me'Stique Colvin, Tre'Yana Elliot, Nakia Greene, Shannon Hayes, Mylia Hedgespeth, Dachauna Johnson, Jasmine Jones and Jorge Martinez

Young Playwrights' Workshop presents...
Then and Now

Monday, June 19, 2017, the Young Playwrights' Workshop performed a vignette-style theater piece addressing the theme, "Who My Childhood Made Me." This piece featured the students' original poetry, theatrical scenes, monologues and comedic sketches and was presented as part of CulturalDC's Source Festival. 

See highlights from the show!



How does the Workshop work? The ensemble is guided by these values, written and agreed upon by its members.





We are a team. We treat every member of the team with respect, and we embrace each other’s differences. It is never okay to make fun of someone’s idea.







We work together by making a thread. We each add a little piece of fiber and in the end we get this rope. We are all linked together by this passion that brings us understanding and abundant knowledge about each other and our world.






We want this program to be a place where a person can freely express their opinions. All ideas are important. All ideas are considered.







We are here to grow as writers and actors.








We depend on each other as a team. We each take pride in our own work and the work of the whole group. We always try our best.








We want people to be inspired by our work. We will create theater that is relevant to our community, and will make people think.





This is not school, and it shouldn’t feel like school. We are here to have fun!



Chinese Theater Artists Visit the Workshop

On March 28, the Young Playwrights’ Workshop had exciting international guests stop by! Six children’s theater artists from China were in Washington, DC and New York City to learn about theater in the United States, so they visited our studio space to meet some of our students and learn about the Workshop experience. The whole group wrote and performed monologues, and then the visitors got a sneak peek into the Workshop’s process for editing their play to be performed on June 11. Check out the photos on YPT’s Facebook page.



A Visit from Russian Arts Leaders

On February 1, 2012, the Young Playwrights’ Workshop hosted eight arts leaders from throughout Russia in a collaborative intercultural exchange workshop. The visit was sponsored by the United States...

Es Artes

On November 11, 2011, YPT students spent a full day collaborating with students from the EsArtes program of Suchitoto, El Salvador to create theater without boundaries. The students had three hours to...