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

Our History

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) was founded in 1995 by Karen Zacarías. Today, Karen is a popular, award-winning playwright, but in 1995 she was just returning from Boston University to her hometown of Washington, DC with an MFA in playwriting and a deep desire to use her art to positively impact her community. Karen began volunteering her time teaching playwriting workshops in DC classrooms, and, by 1997, her workshops were so successful that she incorporated YPT as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Now, twenty years later, Executive Director Brigitte Pribnow Moore is at the helm of the organization. With eight full time staff members, sixteen professional teaching artists and dozens of professional actors, directors and designers supporting YPT’s work on-stage and in the classroom, YPT has expanded to serve over 7,000 students and community members annually with free in-school and after-school theater arts workshops and professional performances of student-written plays.

YPT is creating the community impact that Karen dreamed of—empowering thousands of young people each year with a platform to discover the value of their voices and stories, engage deeply in their own learning and transform their schools and communities with the power of their ideas. 




And more!

We look forward to many more years
of bringing the best in arts education
to students throughout the DC region
and beyond.