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2018 New Play Festival

2018 New Play Festival
Three Magical Nights of 15 Professionally-Produced, Original
Student-Written Plays



May 7, 14 & 21, 2018

1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020


All Performances at 7:00pm

*Youth Tickets are FREE for Young People, 18 and Under

Introducing the 2018 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights

May 7, Elementary School Playwrights

May 14, Middle School Playwrights

May 21, High School Playwrights

Jessica Roane,
Shepherd Elementary School
Echo, the Honest Dolphin

Mattie Isaac,
DC International School
The Haunting of Dalter Meade


Josie Walyus,
H-B Woodlawn High School
Three Cheers to Grace

Belen Gonzales, Emma Paladino and Frankie Ozug,
Mundo Verde PCS
A Dangerous Path

Amija Coleman,
Washington School for Girls
The Dark Path

Shyann Buie,
Cardozo Education Campus
Discovering Alex

Jamari Munford, Tubman Elementary School
Adventure in Space

Marley Sowah,
DC International School
Not Another Afternoon Delay

Maria Dimalanta,
Wakefield High School
My Bittersweet Journey in Life

Natalie Aguilar
Tubman Elementary School
Star's Adventure

Gabrielle Minor,
Washington School for Girls
A Poet's Language


Bryan Mercado,
Mundo Verde PCS
Danger Quest

Kemistry Ingram,
Washington School for Girls
Better Together

Jalil Poole
Tubman Elementary School




The Road to New Play Festival

The Road to New Play Festival

Track our journey to the big event here!

2018 New Play Festival launches with an exciting night of elementary, middle and high school plays!

This year's New Play Festival was so much fun! Our 16 featured playwrights brought fantastic stories to the stage!

See moments from:


Elementary School Night Middle School Night High School Night

2018 New Play Festival Rehearsals Underway!

May 5, 2018

Cast members Lori Pitts, Amal Saade, Ariana Almajan, Teshonne Powell, Jonathan Del Palmer, Jonathan Rizzardi, Caroline Lucas, Raghad Almakhlouf, Thomas Ellis and Clair Aniela along with director Avery Collins and crew rehearsed plays for Middle School at Young Playwrights' Theater.

See more moments from Middle School Night Rehearsals!

April 28, 2018

Cast members Noah Israel, Andrew Flurer, Tierra Coates, Suzanne Edgar and Angeleaza Anderson rehearsed in the beautiful THEARC Theatre along with Director Dan Mori, Stage Manager Keta Newborn, Props Designer Caroline Tyson and Sound Designer Kevin Alexander, and YPT Program Associate Claudia Rosales Waters!


See more photos here!

2018 New Play Festival First Readings!

April 7, 2018

2018 New Play Festival featured playwrights and their families had a chance to meet the cast and crew of their plays. Casts read the plays aloud for the first time and asked the playwrights questions for insight into their stories to help inform the artistic process!


See photos from the 2018 New Play Festival First Read!

2018 New Play Festival Kick-Off Party
January 13, 2018

YPT invited the 2018 New Play Festival featured and finalist playwrights and their friends and families to celebrate becoming produced and published playwrights! YPT production staff and dramaturgs and script advisors talked about dramaturgy and the production process. Families learned more about YPT, and the playwrights got to know about each other's plays! 


See more photos from the New Play Festival Kick-Off Party!


About New Play Festival

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices.

Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater produces a festival of plays from a diverse group of YPT students who have participated in the In-School Playwriting Program in celebration of these students' hard work and dedication to the craft of playwriting.

Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. 

YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers.

2017 New Play Festival

Take a look back at the 2017 New Play Festival!


Meet the 2017 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights

Meet the talented featured playwrights and of the 2017 New Play Festival...

Meet the Cast of the 2017 New Play Festival

Meet our talented cast of professional actors!


Past New Play Festivals


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"It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - The Helen Villegas Documentary

By iCD Productions

In the spring of 2014, documentary filmmakers at Corcoran College of Art + Design produced a short film on one of our 2014 New Play Festival Featured Playwrights, Helen Villegas. 

Helen, a student at Bell Multicultural High School, had written a stirring play called It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess... that our company performed on Night Three of the New Play Festival. The film premiered shortly thereafter!

We are incredibly proud of Helen and excited to share her work in this way. Without further ado, we present "It's My Life, in My Own Words I Guess..." - the documentary of Helen Villegas!



Special thanks to Benjamin Katz and the iCD Productions team for creating this beautiful film.