The Newsletter of Young Playwrights' Theater
Issue: #130
October 2017
Hello, YPT family. Our In-SchoolAfter-School and Workshop programs are underway! Silence Is Violence comes to SMYAL and more!

Silence Is Violence: LGBTQ+ You 
comes to SMYAL!


After a successful performance of Silence is Violence: LGBTQ+ You at the Blind Whino SW Arts Club, YPT remounted two versions of the performance at SMYAL, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth in DC. YPT led writing workshops with SMYAL participants this summer, and their work was adapted into the script of the Silence Is Violence: LGBTQ+ You main performance in September. At SMYAL, YPT also provided a space for the audience to write and share monologues and poetry as part of the performance. In response to the powerful performances, SMYAL participant Marco said, "I never knew there was so much power in the pen."

This spring, March 5, 2018, at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, the Silence Is Violence series continues with "Whose Earth is This?," a look into environmental and economic issues that affect our urban communities. Stay tuned!

News and Notes


Playwrights shine in their first Final Sharings of the season. Congrats, playwrights!

Congratulations to young playwrights from the Washington School for Girls, Shepherd Elementary School and Ron Brown College Preparatory School. These schools were the first to complete YPT's  After-School and 
In-School Playwriting  Program this fall. Students created stories about superheroes and gum-loving villains, teen  spies, life in school  and more! 


Welcome Office Volunteers!

YPT welcomes the help of two amazing office volunteers! Cameron Appel is a senior at The George Washington University and began volunteering with YPT last year. Natalie Lalama is a sophomore at The George Washington University and began working with YPT earlier this year. Both have been such a big help to YPT so far!


Young Playwrights' Workshop is off to a great start!

This season's Young Playwrights' Workshop began on October 4 with new and returning young playwrights and performers! The workshop will focus on acting and performance in the fall with the phenomenal Thembi Duncan and playwriting in the spring with YPT Program Associate Claudia Rosales Waters, merging mindfulness, movement and perspective with the craft of writing. Great start, YPW!


Emerging Arts Leaders of DC presents
Arts & Social Justice: A Creative Conversation

On October 25, YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris  will be a panelist among a number of local arts leaders to 
discuss the intersection between the arts and social justice. 



The FY17 Annual Report is here!

YPT has achieved so much in the last fiscal year (July 2016 to June 2017). Take a look at the official report, featuring information on our events and programs, our accomplishments, partnerships and more!






YPT is hiring!

YPT seeks a Communications Intern to join its team! The Communications Intern position will be open until filled! 





Promising Playwright
Gabrielle Minor

YPT chatted with writer extraordinaire Gabrielle, 7th grade student at the Washington School for Girls!



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