Young Playwrights Theater
As the only professional theater in Washington, D.C. dedicated entirely to arts education, YPT uses interactive in-school and after-school programs and collaborative projects to advance student literacy, creative expression, communication and conflict resolution while developing a new generation of playwrights whose views are traditionally underrepresented in the theater and in the community. YPT connects students, teachers, families, actors, playwrights and professional theaters in order to create new plays that reflect the intimate voices of their communities, with a particular focus on the diversity of the voices that make up the American experience. Throughout D.C. Public Schools (D.C.P.S.), YPT works with students who are ethnically diverse and chronically underserved, primarily in the Latino and African American communities of Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. YPT strives to be a driving force in arts education nationally as well, leading the field with innovative arts-integrated and standards-based programs that engage students in an artistic process while truly enhancing their education.