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

After-School Playwriting Program

YPT has a long history of providing after-school programming for young people. The After-School Playwriting Program strengthens students’ community engagement, collaboration, and conflict resolution by exploring a theatrical process as an ensemble.
Giving young people the opportunity to build on their playwriting skills while enhancing their literacy and communication with their community, the After-school Playwriting Program meets from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at a partner public school or community center. Participants work together as a theater company to examine the political, intellectual, economic, and social impact of literary and dramatic works, culminating in the collaborative creation of a play that confronts issues in the playwrights’ cultural history and community.
YPT Teaching Artists lead the workshops, supervised by Program Manager, Patrick Torres and Program Associate, Elizabeth Andrews. The end of each semester culminates with a community sharing of student work for students, friends, and families. Recent partner sites for the after-school program include Kelly Miller Middle School, Lincoln Multicultural Middle School and MacFarland Middle School through the Project My Time Program. For more information on how to bring the After-School Playwriting Program to your school or center, contact Patrick Torres at 202-387-9173 or
In the Spring of 2007 YPT students at Kelly Miller Middle School were featured in the Washington Post for their original play I Rise. To read the post article click here.
The slideshow below features pictures from YPT’s recent After-School programs.  To see all of YPT’s interactive photo albums click here.