December 2010

The Newsletter of Young Playwrights' Theater

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Patricia Smith Wins 2010 Giving Voice Award
Join YPT at the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon!
Express Tour Showcase Celebrates YPT's 15th Birthday!
Bell Students Visit Ameriville
Support YPT through the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign!
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Issue: # 49 November 2010
Patricia Smith Wins 2010 Giving Voice Award
Patricia Smith
On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, YPT Board Chair Brian Kennedy presented the annual Giving Voice Award to Patricia Smith. The award is given to a person or organization that works to exemplify the ideal of giving voice and helping others to be heard in the world.

Ms. Smith is the founder of Peace X Peace, the first social network for women around the world, which brings the power of women's wisdom into a world of need and violent conflict. She is a poet, playwright, photographer, and entrepren
eur with a deep connection to YPT. YPT Founding Artistic Director Karen Zacarias, who introduced the award, explained that she would not have started YPT without Ms. Smith's help and faith. "Patricia changed my life," Zacarias said, "I would not be a playwright. I would not have started YPT without her help. Everybody needs somebody, an adult, who is their ally. That is the basic principle behind YPT."

On receiving the award, Ms. Smith responded
gracefully, "For someone who just won the Giving Voice Award, I find myself speechless." She added that, "This [award] is not about me, it is about our ideas. So find your ideas. Make them real. Put them with really good people, and great things happen." Watch her speech here.

Join YPT at the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon!
walkathon
Join Young Playwrights' Theater for a free performance of the Express Tour (featuring The Good Neighbor) at 10:30am at Discovery Theater, at the Smithsonian Institution. The performance will immediately follow the Help the Homeless Walkathon on the National Mall on Saturday, November 20. The Walkathon will begin at 8am and benefit nonprofit organizations throughout DC that serve homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless. Click here to read more about The Good Neighbor.

Express Tour Showcase Celebrates YPT's 15th Birthday!

From Wednesday, November 3rd, through Saturday, November 6th, YPT celebrated its 15th birthday with performances of the Express Tour Showcase. At a
Past, Present, Future event on opening night, YPT community members celebrated the work we have done and dreamed together about YPT's future. Producing Artistic Director and CEO David Snider shared his thoughts: "The sky is the limit, and with your support and with our community, I feel like we can accomplish anything."

As theExpress Tour visits
elementary schools, nursing homes, assisted living centers, and community centers through December, we continue to celebrate fifteen years of changing lives and the communities that allow us to do so. Thank you all for your support as we continue to grow!

Bell Students Visit Ameriville
ameriville
On November 4th, Young Playwrights' Theater brought two hundred and twenty eight eleventh-grade students from Bell Multicultural High School to view Universes' play Ameriville at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland.

Universes is a "National/ International ensemble company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse Poetry, Theater, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Politics, Down Home Blues, and Spanish Boleros to create moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works." Ameriville examines our country's politics, history, race, economic situation, and government through the lens of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Following the performance, Universes engaged with the audience in a talk-back session, dominated by questions from enthusiastic Bell students. Read more about the experience here.

Thanks to the volunteers, teachers, and staff who made the day a powerful, smooth, and inspiring one!


Support YPT through the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign!

cfc


Are you a federal government employee working in the DC area?


If so, please consider giving to YPT through this year's Combined Federal Campaign for the National Capital Area (CFCNCA).


Your generous CFC contributions accounted for 10% of all individual donations to YPT last year.


CFC is the largest annual workplace charity campaign in the country, raising millions of dollars each year for thousands of non-profits by enabling federal employees to pledge gifts through pre-tax payroll deductions. The campaign runs from September to December, 2010.


YPT's CFCNCA number is 64148


Be sure to reference this number when you make your pledge.

By choosing to give to YPT through your workplace, you are supporting YPT's Write to Dream campaign by showing thousands of students throughout the DC area that their voices count.


Over the past few months, YPT has had a wonderful time visiting charity fairs for federal agencies throughout the DC region. You can read about YPT's recent visit to the Army National Guard in Virginia here (link to blog). Please let us know if you would like us to pay you a visit this fall!

Click here to visit the CFCNCA website for more information on how to participate in the 2010 campaign, or to inquire about the 2010 CFCNCA campaign at your workplace.

Support YPT through the Combined Federal Campaign!

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