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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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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 July 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm

St Marks Players Seeking Director for Spring 2016 Production “Guys and Dolls”

Seeking Director for Upcoming Spring 2016 Production of “Guys and Dolls” with the St. Mark’s Players

Please submit the following information no later than Saturday, August 1, 2015 to [email protected]:

– A “Letter of Interest” stating a desire to direct with the St. Mark’s Players and a basic artistic concept for the stated show. Concept should include:
a) Overall vision for the show
b) Technical aspects such as set, sound, lights, props, and special effects
c) Special considerations, such as the ability to bring aboard a production team
– Resume including all productions you have directed and any additional relevant theater material
– List of 3 references who are familiar with your work and their contact information.

“Guys and Dolls”
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Set in New York City, Guys and Dolls introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,”; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for is infamous floating dice game.

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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!

To RSVP on Facebook:

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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.

For more information, visit or check out the facebook event here:

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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

Events July 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Volunteer with the Capital Fringe Festival! See Fringe shows for free.

The 2014 Capital Fringe Festival is looking for volunteers for this summer’s Festival, which kicked off on July 10th and goes through July 27th!!

The Festival connects local audiences with dynamic, diverse performing arts programming that is affordable and accessible. Our goal is to create space for discussion and collaboration around the performing arts.

The Festival relies on its ~450 volunteers throughout, and as it continues to grow in its 9th season, volunteers are playing an even larger role. Volunteers sustain the Festival, and do a huge job in making it run smoothly.

We love our volunteers, and there are many perks to helping us out. For each shift, volunteers will receive vouchers that can be redeemed for show tickets. All volunteers get Fringe t-shirts, and volunteers that do multiple shifts can choose to exchange their vouchers for a Festival button.

We have two types of volunteer shifts during the Festival:

Baldacchino Tent Volunteers: These volunteers assist with food prep, running food to tables in the tent, and maintaining the areas behind the bar. This job requires a lot of energy and a great attitude! Shifts will start and end at Fort Fringe.

Box Office Volunteers: We have box office volunteers at every single show. These guys sell tickets and buttons at the show venue, provide customer service to all patrons, and maintain ticket-selling packs throughout their shift. Shifts will start and end at Fort Fringe.

If this sounds like fun to you, shoot me an email at [email protected].

You can view available shifts by enrolling in the Volunteer Portal at Enrolling does not mean you have to sign up for anything, but gives you access to the calendar of open volunteer opportunities.

Hope to see you at the Festival!!

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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