In-School Playwriting Program
The In-School Playwriting Program integrates the art of playwriting into the classroom in order to enhance student literacy, creative expression and communication.
Students explore playwriting, revision and performance with professional playwrights, actors, directors and teaching artists in the classroom.Students learn the importance of language structure, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary choice as a means of clearly communicating their own thoughts, choices and imaginations to the world around them.
During a carefully crafted series of standards-based, in-class workshops, students explore the mechanics of language, drama and self-expression, culminating in the creation of their own original play.
YPT is proud to offer our 2016-17 In-School Playwriting Program in the following DC-area schools:
- John Adams Elementary School
- Bancroft Elementary School
- Bunker Hill Elementary School (new partner!)
- King Elementary School (new partner!)
- Orr Elementary School
- Powell Elementary School
- Savoy Elementary School
- Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School
- Tubman Elementary School
- Watkins Elementary School
- Eliot-Hine Middle School
- The Lab School of Washington
- Maret School
- Ballou STAY High School
- Chelsea School
- Eastern High School
- H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
- Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings
- Wakefield High School
...with more to come!
For information on how to bring the In-School Playwriting Program to your school, contact Jared Shamberger at 202-387-9173.
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.
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.
- 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 on how to bring the In-School Playwriting Program to your school, contact Jared Shamberger at 202-387-9173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the VSA Playwright Discovery Program, YPT provides playwriting programming at schools across our region. The VSA Playwright Discovery program gives students with and without disabilities, in middle school or high school, grades 6-12, the skills to create original scripts that address the disability experience via the theater or media arts.
- Download Application for In-School Playwriting Program
- Check out an example lesson plan from the In-School Playwriting Program.
- See and print out a glossary of playwriting terms.
- Click here for an example of proper script format for the In-School Playwriting Program
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