Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) assists students in Philadelphia area schools tell their stories through theater. Working in partnership with individual schools, PYP puts teaching playwrights together with students, and stages some of those works for the school and the general public. Center support is enabling PYP to develop a plan for a new online platform that will help them work and engage with students more effectively, and maximize the impact of programming.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming for its 1,700 playwriting students, 25 teaching artists, and 50 teachers. Working primarily with Nathan Solomon of Philadelphia Game Labs, and consulting with Daniel Renner, director of education at the Theatre Development Fund, the organization will augment its traditional educational techniques with collaborative online writing spaces, gesture recognition software, or real-time streaming of theatrical events. Philadelphia Young Playwrights expects to develop a range of options for students and teachers alike, all of which will allow for quality instruction and individualized attention, regardless of location or scheduling issues. The hope is that easier access to teachers and more efficient communication will result in higher quality work from budding playwrights engaged in the program. [fn]Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development.[/fn]