Young Playwrights’ Theater to Honor Andy Shallal with the 2014 Giving Voice Award


Arts Education Nonprofit to Present Award at Gala Event Featuring a “Taste of DC”

WASHINGTON, DC – Anyone who steps foot inside Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004) on the evening of Saturday, March 15 will find themselves awash in the sights, sounds and smells of DC. From 7:30-11pm that night, the Penn Quarter performance venue will host Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT)’s second annual Giving Voice Award Gala—Eat For Good! A Taste of DC to Benefit YPT.

The “black tie, blue jeans or both” gala event will be a celebration of DC culture and cuisine. The event will showcase food and drink from Busboys and Poets, The Diner, Acre 121 and over a dozen other DC eateries, as well as live music from local bands Suspicious Package and Quiverd and raffle prizes including tickets to some of most well-respected theaters in the Greater Washington area. The District’s people will also play a prominent role in the gala event, with handcrafted centerpieces and images of DCPS students workshopping their plays delighting guests at every turn. And at the center of it all will stand Andy Shallal: Busboys and Poets founder, social justice activist and the recipient of YPT’s 2014 Giving Voice Award.

“Andy Shallal has come to speak for so much of this city,” says YPT Executive Director Brigitte Pribnow Moore. “He has helped to reanimate DC’s literary spirit, and has engaged people from all over in free debate and creative expression. Who better to honor with our Giving Voice Award?”

Established in 2009, Young Playwrights’ Theater’s Giving Voice Award recognizes extraordinary individuals who, through their hard work and generosity, have exemplified YPT’s spirit and vision. Past recipients have included playwright Paula Vogel and artist/philanthropist Patricia Smith

In the spirit of celebrating community, YPT will also for the first time honor members of its family this year, giving awards to YPT Teaching Artists, funders, partner teachers and advocates who have made notable contributions to the organization and the thousands of students it impacts. The awards are entitled the “Super Awesome Awards”, inspired by the play Super Awesome, written by a YPT student in 2012. Each category is named after a different character created by a YPT student.

Tickets for the Giving Voice Award Gala are $50, and are available for purchase at Proceeds from the event will benefit YPT and help establish playwriting programs in schools in and around Greater Washington.

Young Playwrights’ Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices. By teaching students to express themselves through the art of playwriting, YPT develops students’ language skills, and empowers them with the creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. YPT honors its students by involving them in a high-quality artistic process where they feel simultaneously respected and challenged and by engaging professional theater artists in producing student plays for the community. More information can be found at

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