How playwriting can empower students, build skills

The Young Playwrights' Theater program partners with Washington D.C.-area schools to allow theater professionals once a week for three months to teach students about theater and how to write plays. The project includes a production in which professional actors perform excerpts from student plays. "I think playwriting is so powerful for these kids. It's a way for them to express themselves and deal with tough issues in their own way," said Chelsea Kirk, who teaches high-school English at a school in a Laurel, Md., juvenile detention center.

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