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

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!

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. This month’s donor is: Kalynda Smith!

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!
 

YPT: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your job? What do you like to do for fun?

KCS: I am a research psychologist and professor at Hampton University. I love to read, watch movies, tv, and plays, of course, travel, shop, and spend time with friends and family.
 

YPT: How did you learn about YPT? What inspires you to give?

KCS: I saw a friend perform in the plays on two different occasions. I really loved what the students had accomplished and wanted to help with giving that opportunity to even more students.


YPT: How would you describe YPT to someone who hasn't heard of us?

KCS: I would say that YPT is a program that gives students in the DC area a chance to write their own plays and see real actors perform them. 

 

YPT: What impact do you hope your gifts will have on YPT students?

KCS: I hope that, in some small way, my gift is able to help students achieve their dreams. 


YPT: If so, what was a memorable moment from a YPT performance you attended?

KCS: I enjoyed so much, but especially a play about a girl with a magic book


YPT: What might people be surprised to learn about you?

KCS: That I hope to write novels in the (perhaps far) future. 


YPT: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

KCS: It would be that people would see their differences as exciting and amazing, instead of frightening or wrong. 

 

YPT: Why do you think arts education is important?

KCS: I know that creative thinking opens the door to all learning. It is something human beings should never live without.


YPT: And perhaps most important, if Hollywood made of a movie of your life, who would you like to play the lead role?

KCS: I would choose Jill Scott. I've been told I resemble her, and she is a talented actress, singer, and poet, all things I love!  

We think that Jill Scott would be lucky to play the role of Kalynda, a generous and long-time supporter of YPT and our students. 

If you know someone who you think may be a good fit for a Dedicated Donor profile, please contact YPT Development Director Frank Cervarich at fcervarich@yptdc.org.