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Aleta Barthell

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Review for North County LGBTQ Resource Center, Oceanside, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teaching artist with Playwrights Project and was invited to lead a playwriting workshop at the North County LGBTQ Center. The workshop ended with a public reading of the material by the participants at a local, professional theatre. One particular participant went from writing about a historical event to imaging the moment when she "came out" to her now deceased parents. It was amazing to witness the courage she used to write the play, and the joy that was released at the reading. I cannot imagine this process having happened with such great results at any other location. The center is safe, Max is always present and encouraging, and each week I was amazed at the many different seminars and events that they were holding. It is a welcoming light in the world!

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Role:  Volunteer

Review for Playwrights Project, San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Playwrights Project is an amazing organization that teaches playwriting to youth and seniors in San Diego county.

Playwriting residencies allow for creative expression in schools where that freedom gets more and more restrictive with current test-driven curriculum. I have seen it help English learners explore the language in a way that is more visual and conversational...more familiar and appealing to them.

It also exposes students to the world of theatre and the personal empowerment that can be found there. I just finished a residency where a student created a play expressing abuse that she has been experiencing at home. The play will be used in future therapy sessions and establishing her case for removal to a safe home.

I love this program and worked to bring it to my own daughter's school...for her entire 6th grade. They loved it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Work. My own daughter's education. The benefit of my community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Teaching arists.