YPT provides young people (ages 8 through 24) with in-school and out-of-school theater and creative writing programs, as well as playwriting and storytelling programs for adults. We prioritize young people who are targeted by systems of oppression, and we also collaborate with people of all ages who are invested in the ways in which theater can transform lives and communities.

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Programs for Youth

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In-School Playwriting Program

YPT’s core in-school program weaves the art of playwriting into Language Arts curricula as part of students’ school-day instruction to enhance writing skills, creative expression, confidence, and communication.

Two students reviewing a script.

Out-of-School Time Program

YPT provides theater education programming to young people before and after school hours, and throughout the summer, developing their creative expression, confidence, personal resilience, and collaboration skills.


Students Advocating For the Eradication of Racism (SAFER) is designed for 10th and 11th-grade students committed to promoting racial justice in their communities through their collective creativity.


Designed for elementary and middle school students, StoryArt is led by one playwriting teaching artist and one visual arts teaching artist who guide students into bringing their stories to life.

Writers at Play

Writers at Play is a set of digital tools that educators and families can use to teach 3rd-12th grade learners to write their own original plays.

Programs for Adults

Young Playwrights’ Workshop

Building on years of experience providing arts integration coaching and support for educators, the Young Playwrights’ Workshop trains a cohort of DCPS theater educators to integrate playwriting into their classrooms over the course of a year-long partnership with YPT.

AROW (Abolishing Racism and Oppression in the Workplace)

AROW functions as a resource for other organizations interested in learning about the antiracism work that we have done as well as implementing meaningful antiracist and anti-oppressive policies and procedures within their own workplace.

The Playwrights’ Lab

The Playwrights’ Lab is a virtual playwriting workshop for adult writers interested in learning and practicing the art of playwriting.