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people to realize the power of their own voices.

Dedicated Donors

Here we highlight the generous people who help make our work possible, our donors. Read below to find out more about who they are and why they choose to give to YPT.

Alicia Dick
Dedicated Donor, May 2017

As we close out the 2016-2017 performance season, we are reminded how vital the support of our donors is to the continued success of Young Playwrights' Theater. We were delighted to chat with YPT Board member and donor Alicia Dick. Alicia talks about why she loves YPT, why she gives, and why she decided to become a YPT Builder.

Amelia Stanley
Dedicated Donor, April 2017

 YPT could not do what we do without the support of our many amazing donors. From volunteering their time to contributing financially to cheering on our students in the audience, we are lucky to have such a wonderful community of support. Periodically, we like to feature our donors in a series we call Dedicated Donors. Over the next two months, we will feature all of the donors who give to YPT on a recurring basis. This month we are featuring Amelia Stanley! 

Sophia Lewin Adams
Dedicated Donor, December 2016

YPT could not do what we do without the support of our many amazing donors. From volunteering their time to contributing financially to cheering on our students, these incredible people keep YPT going and bring our work to life!

Periodically, we like to feature our donors in a series we call Dedicated DonorsThis month’s donor is: Sophia Lewin Adams!

Sophia is a beloved member of the YPT family, and recently became a monthly donor. We are delighted to share her story with you!

Kareem Shaban
Dedicated Donor, December 2015
YPT's December Dedicated Donor is: Kareem Shaban!

Kareem is a friend of YPT Community Engagement Associate Laura Wood, and has become one of YPT’s most steadfast donors and volunteers. We thank Kareem for the myriad ways in which he supports DC’s young artists!

Click below for our interview with Kareem.

Kalynda Chivon Smith, Ph.D
Dedicated Donor

YPT could not do what we do without the support of our many amazing donors. From volunteering their time to contributing financially to cheering on our students in the audience, we are lucky to have such a wonderful community of support.

Periodically, we like to feature our donors in a series we call Dedicated DonorsThis month’s donor is: Kalynda Chivon Smith, Ph.D!

Kalynda is a monthly donor who first discovered YPT through friend and YPT company member Bryan Norrington (originator of such legendary characters as Tim the Sloth and Broccoli Man). We chatted with Kalynda recently to learn a bit more about her own passions and what inspires her to support YPT!

Jane Hans and Suzanne Mann
Dedicated Donors

For the past three years, YPT has been privileged to receive generous gifts from ITT Defense and Information Solutions in Virginia. In July 2011, YPT reached out to ITT HR Programs Coordinator Suzanne Mann and ITT Contracts Coordinator Jane Hans to thank them for supporting YPT students and to learn more about what inspires them to keep giving. 

YPT: First, tell us a little bit about yourselves. What do you like to do for fun?

Suzanne: We both like to run when we can find the time. We also enjoy relaxing with our husbands and traveling as much as possible. We have both been to Italy in recent years. We love Italian food and wine!


YPT: And now for a very important question - If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to play the lead role?


Suzanne: Jennifer Aniston.


Jane: Zooey Deschanel!

Katie White
Dedicated Donor

Katie White was introduced to YPT by her daughter, a former YPT student at Wilson Senior High School who was featured in the New Play Festival. “It was amazing to see her play come to life with real actors playing the roles,” Katie remembers. “That was the beginning of a great relationship between my daughter and YPT, and I was lucky to continue to be able to follow the organization through her.”

Katie has enjoyed a life long love of the arts. She holds a BA degree in Theatre, and she was an actress in elementary, junior and senior high school. She still remembers all the songs from her junior-high play "People i.e."
Katie continues to believe strongly in the arts, and particularly in the power and importance of arts education in the classroom. She was inspired to give to YPT after watching the 2009 New Play Festival, and witnessing first-hand what a difference YPT can make in the lives of young people from all over DC. “I hope YPT will use the funds for whatever needs the organization has,” Katie says, “and that it will make some small difference to the programs.”
To anyone considering donating to YPT, Katie says, “Give whatever you can to this really important organization. If one child a year decides that he or she can be a writer, or an actor, or can attend college, the impact is HUGE. In addition to adding to the artistic education of kids who can afford to follow their dreams, this organization reaches out to children who don't have the privileges others take for granted. What a great way to expose these children to the arts and allow them to express themselves and their life situations.  It will make a difference to them and others who are fortunate enough to experience their work.”

Carol Falk and Alan Johnson
Dedicated Donors

Carol Falk and Alan Johnson are long-time DC residents who have been involved with YPT for the past two years. 

"We donate to Young Playwright’s Theater because we have been to a number of their productions, seeing first-hand what they are accomplishing with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds in our public schools," Carol says. 
Carol and Alan also have volunteered their time, serving as ushers at YPT events such as the New Play Festival and New Writers Now!
Alan taught mathematics in DC Public Schools for 31 years.  "For the last nine I taught at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where I witnessed the value of the arts in stimulating learning," Alan says.  Carol is a former journalist and volunteer adviser to student newspapers at the DC schools attended by their children. "I have a special interest in seeing that young people are taught to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively," she says. "Besides, we enjoy good theater!" they add.

Without the support of dedicated donors like Carol and Alan, YPT programming would not be possible.

2016-2017 Donors

YPT is deeply grateful for all the amazing donors who are supporting our programming and performances this year. Without you, there would be no YPT.

For details on the giving levels listed below, click here!


Classroom Champion

Walter Derengowski
Tim Adams and Deb Lewin
Robert Pusey
Rita Rodriguez
Lisa Rohr Wood and Alex Wood



Jocelyn Greene and 
   John Beyrle
Anne Eigeman
Laurence Platt and 
   Clare Herington
Catherine Nagel



Rupa Bhattacha
Neal and Ava Gross
Tammy Halevy
Thomas Joseph
Karen Kok
Leland Larsen
Phylece LeVally
Kareem Shaban



Sylivia Becker
Barbara Carr
Alicia Dick 
Phillip Genera 
Marion and Patricia 
Bobby Hicks
Janet Hoffman
Daniel D. and 
   Corrine Kozlak
David and Dara Morenoff
Essence Newhoff
Louisa Foulke Newlin and    William Newlin
Patricia Richards
Albert Wat
Patricia Weiss
Jessica and Evan Wisser
Karen Zacarias



Nana Adu-Krow
Russell Stevenson Jr. and 
   Margaret Axtell
Tom Ballinger
Linley and Leslie Beckbridge
James Bergeron
Barbara Hall and 
   Janice Bergeron 
Alison Beyrle
George Bozzuni
David D. Bruton
Sue Carr
Mia Carre Long

Fayshawn Caston
Margaret and 
   Frank Cervarich 
Jon and Laura Chace
Cino Chegia
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Johanna Collins-Wood
Paul and Lynette Curthoys
Alfredo and Mary Anne 
   De Barbieri  
Karen Doherty
Elizabeth Duncan
Victoria Elliot
James and Janice Feather

Hugene Fields
Victoria Gilliland
John Goben
Michael Fitzpatrick and 
   Miriam Gonzales 
Merna and Joseph 
James Hamos
John and Virginia Hicks
Jean Marie Hill
Leonard Hockstader
Kathryn Hoffman
Alison Drucker and 
   Thomas Holzman
Ricardo and
Likza Iglesias
Holger Illi
Tonya James
Carol Falk and 
   Alan Johnson
Jameson Keeton
Alanna Kelly
Carrol and Karl Kindel
George Kok
Nicole Kozlak
Amore Langstaff
Arturo Lichauco

Khurrum Maqbool
Adam Marson
Lynne Maxwell
Rebecca Miller
Hazel Moore
Donna Murphy
Lynn Muto


Michael Nehmer
Amy Oberholtzer
Richard Pribnow
Margarita Prieto
Anna Blackman Putzel and 
   Michael Putzel
Egan Reich
Linda Richmond
Reyna Rios
Margaret Rohr
Sarah Rohr
Brandon Rule
Kevin Ruth
Andrew Salunga
Melissa and Ed Sedenka
Patricia Sheehy
Anne and Mark Shields
Caroline Short
Robert Soloff
Carmine Spellane
Marlene Spigner
Chris Stacey
Nancy Polikoff and 
   Cheryl Swannack
Julie Upham
Margo Vickers
Betsey Wood
Will Wurzel
Tina Ziegler




Kathleen Akerley
Tracey Alperstein
Dale Stein and 
   Dominic Ambrosi
Andrea Anderson
Nicole Anderson
Laurie Ascoli
Kristi Baur
John Bavoso
Alexia Bayer
Dorothy Beauregard
KC Beauregard
Michael Beauregard
Dick and Ginny Beck
Jayme Bell
Kerry Benton
Erik Berg
Kevin Bergeron
Ryan Bergeron
Patrick Kraich and 
   Barbara Berlin
Mel Bieler
Aaron Bliden
Dustin Blottenberger
Donald and Bonnie 
Charlotte Bolch
Victoria Boutin
Caitlin Bower
Theresa Brecker
Michael Brown
Duncan Calladine
Nora Carrol
Diane Carter
Julian Carter
Katy Beth Cassell
Rachel McGarry and 
   Christopher Cayer
Rachel Cervarich
Gail Cervarich
Duncan Chaplin
Kathleen Chiarantona
Donald Clarke
Sandra and Edwin Cleary
Louis Crishock
Sarah Currey
Amanda Demczuk
Christine Draa
James Duncan
Casey Ehrlich
Semra Ergun
Sean Eustis
Madelyn Farris
Noah Ferentz
Mavis Fergus
Zachary Fernebok
James Finley
Deb Fiscella
Cori Fordham
Carlye Frank
Grace Freund
Cat Frost
Anna Gaeckle
Susan Gallucci
Todd Garrison
Lisa Gilliland
Jeff Gilliland
David Gilliland
Carolyn and Jim Gilliland
Kathleen and Wesley Girvin
Ross Godwin
Kathleen Golden
Jennifer Goldsmith
Ali Grusell
Katrina and David Grusell
Megan Hadley
J. Robert Halgren
Michael Hall
Koleen Hall
Jeff Hall
Jared Hanson
Liza Harbison
Diane and James Harris
Christina Harvey
Billy Healy
Emma Lou Hebert
Melissa Hmelnicky
Betsey Hoover
Toby Horn
Jane Horstmann
Joel Horwich
Alexandra Huttinger
Graziella Jackson
Hannah Jacobson 
Kristen Johansen
Andrew Johansen
Ernest Joselovitz
Lauren Joy
Patti Kalil
Margot and Mitchell 
Adrienne Keamy
Brendan Kennedy
Sharon King
Brian King
Madonna Kinne
Rich and Cindy Kipp
Nicholas Klagge
Stephanie Klodzen
Elaine Kloser
Nancy Knapp
Jennifer Knight
Thomas Kolzel
Denise Konigsfeld
Katie Konigsfeld
Kellie Kozel
Brian Kozel
Glenn and Noreen 
Anne Kozlak
Tom Kozlak
Callie Kozlak
Jeffery Krummel
Hannah Lantos
Joanne Chace and 
   Julie Lawrence
Charlotte Lee
Sadie Leigh
Scott and Kim Leighty
Mitchell Lerner
Hughes Lester
Sophia Lewin Adams
Wendy Lipshultz
David Liu
Halley Lopez
Patrick Lord
Janelle Lumbomirski
Kaiya Lyons
Bridget Maloney
Rebecca Maloney
Aaron Mandel
Robert Manzo
Kate Maxwell
David Maycotte
Patricia Mayernik
Louise Meng
Rachel Menyuk
Joshua Midgett
Claire Miller
Kathleen Millspaugh
Margaret Milroy
Christopher Montgomery
Leigh Mosley
Andrea Mullen
Kelsey Murphy
Ariana Nash
Kim Nelson
Charlotte Nugent
Bridget O’Donnell
Kathleen O’Donnell
Katherine Offutt
Laura Olsen
Jonah Richmond and 
   David Olson
Ilana Ostrin
Jonathan Paasch
Robin Paker
Masha Pastuhov
Amanda Patterson
Brian Philips
Natalie Piegari
Caroline Pleasant
Brian Rea
Paul Reed
Megan Reichelt
Victoria Reinsel
Erin Richmond
Anna Riehle
Mark Roberts
Robyn Rockwell
Julian Rollow
Steven Rothstein
Theresa Rowell
Danielle Rutkowski
Marlene Ryan
Amy Schendel
Julian Schmitz
Lydia Schwartz
Stephanie Shaffer
Chetan Sharma
Caroline Short
Terri Slivka
Matthew Sparacino
Amelia Stanley
Christopher Strader
Larry Strauss
Vanessa Strickland
Tiana Struble
Bradley Struble
Emily Sucher
Christian Sullivan
Darius Tahir
Vanessa Tesoriero
Lisa Tigges
Shannon Toole
David Travis
Matthew Van Etten
Grace VanderVeer
Prasanna Vasudevan
Laura Vichick
Christie Walser
Carol Warren
Amanda Webster
Ryan White
Nicholas Wilby
Maggie Wilder
Toni Wilson
Nathan Wolfson
Barney Bauer and 
   Susan Wood
Bridget Woodbury
Laura Worby
Jennifer Wrenn
Gab Yacyk
Steven Yenzer
Eli Zinman
Russell Zung



2017 Giving Voice Award Gala Supporters

Debra Lewin and
   Timothy Adams
Amy Austin
Mary Ball
Howard Bernstein
Alison Beyrle
Ruthanne Buck
Maureen Burke
Mia Carre Long
Margaret and Frank Cervarich
Catherine Crum
Avril David
Aman Dhanda
Alicia Dick
Mark Dickas
Karen Doherty
Joseph Ducatman
Suzanne Edgar
Anne Eigeman
Julie Eisenberg
Hugene Fields
Susan Galluci
John Goben
Glenn Greene
Norma Greene
Tammy Halevy
Justin and Jenny Heipp
John and Virginia Hicks
Bobby Hicks
Leonard and Alison Hockstader
Maria Horos
Tonya James
Matthew Johnson
Emily Kavanaugh
Adrienne Keamy
Lara Kinne
Karen Kok
Callie Kozlak
Kinga Krisko
Amore Langstaff
Paul Lechtenberg
Paul Lobo
Mia Carre Long
Charles and Maria McMahon
Rebecca Miller
James Murphy
Paul Murray
Catherine Nagel
Stephenson Ohimor
Julie Paller
Tanya Penny
Lori Pitts
Kierstin Quinsland
Rachel Cervarich and 
   Michael Ricci
Darnell Roulhac
Andrew and Maddie Salunga
Kareen Shaban
Stephanie Shaffer
Caroline and Geoffrey Short
Dylan Shwabe
Terri Slivka
Amy Triplett
Johnny Walker
Sarah Wisser
Lisa and Alex Wood
Betsy Wood


This list is current as of May 11, 2017. If you see any inaccuracies, please contact Jessica Wisser at