I recently got to interview some stellar teen playwrights about their experience writing with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) for the Arlington Connection. Not only have these students seen their plays performed, but they’re now published authors in YPT’s new book “Write to Dream.”
Here’s an excerpt:
Gaining confidence and believing in their writing abilities are two of the tangible benefits that Boomsma and Burris say they took away from their experience in YPT.
Speaking about her son Sam, Melissa Burris sees a distinct growth in his ability to chart his own path in spite of what his peers may think. “It [YPT] gave him the confidence to be comfortable in himself. Before, he was trying to fit in and do things that he thought every- body should do,” Melissa Burris said. “He’s confident in his choices in what he’s interested in and what he wants to pursue even if those are different than a lot of his friends.”
You can read the full story “Four Local Students Become Published Playwrights: Young Playwrights’ Theater instills confidence in Arlington students” on page 2 of the March 20, 2013 digital issue of the Arlington Connection.