Young Playwrights' Theater

Young Playwrights’ Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.

For more information view their website.


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. YPT honors its students by involving them in a high-quality artistic process where they feel simultaneously respected and challenged and by engaging professional theater artists in producing student plays for the community.

Young Playwrights' Theater offers 12-week in-school playwriting residencies, fall/spring semester after-school residencies, special projects, Young Playwrights' Workshop (weekly devising ensemble that performs a culminating production each spring), Young Playwrights' Guild (Experienced playwrights who serve as an advisory body to the Board and organization, complete a one-act play over the course of a school year, and engage with local/national theater practitioners), Annual New Play Festival (3 nights of student-written plays that represent the best of the DMV). View more information on the programs section of their website.

Partnership with the DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative Member Since 2005.

"YPT is a proud long-time member of the DC Collaborative, an organization that we believe is essential to our efforts to better serve our students through the study of best local practices, the ability to create strategic and thoughtful partnerships with other member organizations, and the understanding of the depth and breadth of service to our city's students."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student

Young Playwrights' Theater is an AHFES Provider!

Story Bank Blog

Young Playwrights' Theater was featured in the DC Collaborative's Story Bank Blog:

  • "How the Young Playwrights' Theater Tackles Literacy" June 27, 2016

Fun Fact! YPT was founded by award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías.

Contact the education department: Jared Shamberger, Program Director at

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Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
Office Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.