The only professional theater in the United States dedicated solely to playwrights aged 18 or younger and their teachers.

Young Playwrights Inc. was founded in 1981 by Stephen Sondheim to foster the next generation of dramatists and develop dramatic literature by younger writers. For 29 years, Young Playwrights Inc. has served as an advocate for youth by providing a unique forum for uncensored self-expression, by insuring that the artistic voices of young people are heard and acknowledged, and by helping them to use theater to validate their views and concerns.

1. Every young person has something valuable to say and an inherent right to be heard.

2. Every young person in the United States has a right to quality arts education.

3. Young Playwrights Inc. makes it possible for young people to be seen AND heard in the theater and in the classroom.

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