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

Kamari Hunter Mayes

Promising Playwright, February 2019


For 5th Grade playwright and Mundo Verde PCS student Kamari, a talent show is all about the drama behind the scenes! In her new play, Top Ten (a working title), a student named Jessica moves from Spain to Paris after she is accepted into one of France’s best universities. And when the college-wide talent show is announced, Jessica signs up but must take on the notorious cheater Maria who has also entered the showcase.

Kamari says that she was inspired to write this play because of her enthusiasm for Mundo Verde’s annual variety show, an event that showcases the talents of the school community.

“Mundo Verde usually hosts a variety show each year, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a play about what goes on in a variety show,” Kamari explains.

This is not Kamari’s first time writing a play. She performed in a play based on Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers a couple of years ago, and last year, wrote her first play with YPT's After-School Playwriting Program.

When not at school, Kamari loves to read, and is an avid fan of graphic novels such as Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. While she doesn’t know yet what she wants to do when she grows up, she knows the sky’s the limit.

About her time with YPT's After-School Playwriting Program so far this year, Kamari says, “I think YPT is really nice because you get to write a play, but you also get to learn how to write a play, and you can also be in a play if you wanted to.”