I was lucky enough to be a part of NYPR’s inaugural year, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. As a young artist, it’s sometimes a tall order to ask to be taken seriously – I never felt that way at the Echo. In fact, the Echo – everyone who works there, the actors, the directors, the mentors – deeply values the voices of young people, particularly what we have to say about our vast array of diverse experiences. Not only did I get to workshop a new play with a room of professionals, but I gained five friends who I trust wholeheartedly to share work and life with. If you are in the age bracket to submit, and you are a writer, you would be silly not to submit.