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

In-School Playwriting Program

In-School Playwriting Program


YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program weaves the art of playwriting into Language Arts curricula as part of students’ school-day instruction to enhance literacy, creative expression and communication. Through twelve in-class playwriting workshops, our teaching artists teach students the mechanics of language and tools for dramatic writing and self- expression. During the program, we bring professional actors into the classroom to perform the students’ plays. Seeing professionals bring their words to life is an empowering experience and shows our students that what they have to say matters.

Integrated into the Classroom

YPT’s curriculum is standards-based, aligning with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. We have also developed models for integration in History and Social Studies classes, where students learn about Jamestown and the Constitution through an interactive semester of playwriting.

Play Readings with Professional Actors

Professional actors visit the classroom during the In-School Playwriting Program.  Hearing their work read aloud gives students a strong motivation to continue working and revising their plays.

Positive Impact

Each year YPT has further developed and refined its process and several schools now rely on YPT to provide its holistic learning process as a means of enhancing student literacy, communication, and creativity in the classroom.

By emphasizing reading, writing, and revision, the In-School Playwriting Program improves literacy in the following target areas:

  • Increased ability to write expressively
  • Increased ability to revise and edit writing
  • Development of strong listening and speaking skills
  • Improvement of vocabulary, grammar, and spelling
  • Increased comprehension of text


For more information about how to bring YPT's programs to a classroom, please contact Jared Shamberger at, 202-387-9173 or complete the YPT Programs Information form.