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Children June 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Summer Program @ Gala Theatre (Ages 3-7) Fit Kids Hit the Stage!

Are you looking for a fun-filled summer experience for your little ones?! Check out Fit Kids Hit the Stage @ This adventure-filled camp focuses on arts infusion and nutrition in a fun and interactive way. Geared towards children ages 3-7, our program is conveniently located in Columbia Heights! Sessions 1 & 2 are almost filled and there are about 10 spaces available for Sessions 3 & 4. If you have any questions feel free to email [email protected] for more information!

Events May 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm

FREE SHOW: Hot Diggity Dog!

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) is an arts education nonprofit that inspires students to realize the power of their own voices, through in-school and after-school playwriting programs. YPT’s Student Advisory Council will present their final production of eight short plays, which explore identity, character and – yes – hot dogs, in a free staged reading!

YPT’s Student Advisory Council Presents… Hot Diggity Dog!
Friday, May 15
6:30 reception, 7:00 performance
Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Road NW

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Children April 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm
Events March 4, 2016 at 10:11 am

YPT’s Giving Voice Award Gala

Hey, PoPville!

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) is an arts education nonprofit, that inspires students to realize the power of their own voices. Join us on Saturday, March 12 for YPT’s fourth annual Giving Voice Award Gala, honoring Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn.

Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Location: North Hall at Eastern Market

Enjoy a full open bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres, bid on unique silent auction prizes and dance the night away with music provided by DJ Matt Spangler!

Most importantly, YPT’s gala will once again highlight the inspiring voices of DC students, featuring readings by some of the wonderful young people we serve. All funds raised at the event will help us provide free arts education to thousands of low-income students across the city.

Tickets: $100
For tickets, visit

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Food and Dining October 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Fundraiser Happy Hour @ Lou's City Bar in Columbia Heights

Join Young Playwrights’ Theater TONIGHT to celebrate our 21st year of arts education programming and professional performances!

Tuesday, 10/6/15
6pm – 9pm
Lou’s City Bar, 1400 Irving Street NW

THE DEAL: Donate $5 to YPT at the door, and enjoy an extended Happy Hour until 9pm! Happy Hour includes select draft beers, house wines and rail drinks for $5 each.

THE CAUSE: Young Playwrights’ Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices. By teaching students to express themselves through the art of playwriting, YPT develops students’ language skills, and empowers them with the creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Please note that this event is only open for patrons over age 21. We hope to see you tonight!

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Announcements September 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Free After-School Program for Grades 8-12!

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) seeks young people to participate in our award-winning Young Playwrights’ Workshop! YPT is an arts education nonprofit based in Columbia Heights, and we have been serving students throughout the DC area for over 20 years.

The Young Playwrights’ Workshop is YPT’s award-winning student theater ensemble for students in grades 8-12. The group meets every Wednesday afternoon from 4:15 – 5:45 pm (except for holidays). Over the course of the school year, students will:
– Learn about theater and creative writing
– Write and perform their own original play, which will be presented as a part of the 2016 Source Festival on June 13
– Make friends from other schools and neighborhoods
– Earn community service and/or internship hours
– Earn a stipend of up to $200

The Workshop’s first meeting will be on Wednesday, October 7. All meetings take place in YPT’s office at the Josephine Butler Parks Center (2437 15th Street NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20009).

To sign up or ask any questions, please email Farah Harris at [email protected] or call YPT’s office at 202-387-9173.

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Events June 5, 2015 at 1:47 pm

FREE! Young Playwrights' Workshop Presents: The Art of Understanding

YPT’s 2014-15 season ends with The Young Playwrights’ Workshop Presents: The Art of Understanding!

This original play, written and performed by YPT’s after-school theater ensemble, addresses issues of mental health through a variety of genres and perspectives. Consisting of three vignettes woven together with poetry and monologues, The Art of Understanding explores mental illness via pieces ranging from the confessional to the theatrical and from the comic to the romantic.

Monday, June 15
Source Theater – 1835 14th St NW
*Recommended for ages 13 and up.*

Part of the 2015 Source Festival, presented by CulturalDC.

What is the Young Playwrights’ Workshop?

Young Playwrights’ Theater’s award-winning student theater ensemble! Members work together to create, develop, rehearse and perform an original play. A professional teaching artist helps the ensemble develop a foundation of theater skills that form the basis for creating new work. Students learn a diverse set of skills: improvisation, stage combat, clowning, solo performance and playwriting. The resulting performance is held at a professional theater in the DC area and attended by a public audience.

For more, visit!

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Events April 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Free Performance at Busboys and Poets

Weird phobias, Bigfoot and the i-Pocalypse descend on Busboys and Poets in STAGE FRIGHT, the new original play from Young Playwrights’ Theater’s Student Advisory Council!

Wednesday, May 6, at 7pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
FREE and open to the public!
Recommended for ages 13 and up due to strong language.

Written and performed by the nine talented young playwrights of the Council, STAGE FRIGHT explores the topic of fear through a series hilarious and poignant vignettes. The show culminates in a Choose Your Own Adventure-style piece, where the audience decides the ending!

STAGE FRIGHT is presented by the Student Advisory Council as a fundraiser for Young Playwrights’ Theater.

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Events April 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

FREE! YPT's 2015 New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices.

April 20, 21 and 22
6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Performance
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street NW

Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater honors plays from a diverse group of DC’s elementary, middle and high school students in a production that celebrates the playwright’s craft. Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. This year the Festival will feature 15 brand-new plays over three nights, ranging from touching tales of family love to the hilarious story of a bacon strip’s revenge!

YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers.

(Plays on April 21 rated PG; plays on April 22 rated PG-13)

Entertainment October 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Local Theater?


There’s a ton of local theater in the area. Any fave theater venues to attend?

Also, are any of the local universities ‘the’ theater university? I have noticed in my home state that there was a huge disparity between the quality of the theater departments at different universities.

Thank you

General Discussion June 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Musical Theater Writing Group?

I’m wondering if anyone knows about a musical theater writing group. I’m casually working on a musical (in my spare time) and am seeking writing partners (specifically a lyricist). While there are screenwriters groups in DC, I haven’t found anything for theater. Thank you

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