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


Silence Is Violence  transformed the vibrant Blind Whino SW Arts Club into a mixed arts experience celebrating the spirit and perseverance of DC area LGBTQ+ youth and adults through their words, music, visual art, performance and fellowship.

Presented in partnership with SMYAL, Team Rayceen, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts.

This performance is $12 online for advance tickets, and "Name-Your-Own-Price" at the door. 
Young people 18 and under are admitted for free with ID verification at the door.

Take a look back at special moments from the evening!


About the Silence Is Violence Series

Since its inception in 2015, Silence Is Violence has been YPT’s most immediate and direct route of addressing social justice issues affecting Washington, DC area youth through performance and community dialogue. The first two years of Silence is Violence addressed the #BlackLivesMatter movement as a response to the multitude of deaths of black people by the hands of police; in light of the most recent presidential inauguration, the spring 2017 event focused on themes of immigration and cultural pride. Silence is Violence has continued to serve as a means for young people to actively communicate their concerns through targeted dramatic writing workshops and community partnerships. With these young people’s permission, YPT shapes their words into a performance piece with professional performers, furthering YPT’s vision that young people’s voices are not only significant but also powerful.


What is Silence Is Violence?

Silence Is Violence is a workshop and performance series that brings together DC-area students, theater artists and activists of color to share their artistic responses to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and other social justice issues.

Silence Is Violence began in early 2015, in the wake of numerous violent police attacks on unarmed black men and women. The first event, Silence Is Violence: A #BlackLivesMatter Event, featured local teen and adult artists reading works of poetry and prose reacting to the controversy. The project then branched out into in-school workshops, a Tumblr blog and more.

In 2016, Silence Is Violence returned with Who's Next?, a night of art and theater dedicated to sharing the power of young black voices. Featuring spoken word by the Griot Girls and staged readings of two plays by YPT Young Artist Fellow Dominique ButlerWho's Next? explored the thoughts, fears and hopes of a new generation of black artists.

In light of the recent political climate, Silence Is Violence: What Now? explored issues of immigration, xenophobia, the immigrant experience, and cultural identity and featured work and performances by student writers of TC Williams High School, Split This Rock!, SITAR Arts Center and GALA Hispanic Theatre.

Silence Is Violence DC
The Silence Is Violence Blog

Silence Is Violence DC is a forum for people of all ages to share their creative, passionate and constructive responses to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Though our focus will be on sharing the voices of DC’s young people, all are welcome to submit poetry, songs, plays, essays, visual art and any other artwork that engages with these critical and challenging issues.

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"Right to assemble, yet we are not allowed Rage."

Continue the Conversation

Want to continue the vital conversation around the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Here are some resources to help get you on your way! 


Black Lives Matter website


Ferguson Response Tumblr

Justice 4 Mike Brown Tumblr

4 Mile March/Tamir Rice Candlelight Vigil

Ferguson Youth Initiative