Plot Line Newsletter
Here's what's featured in this edition of Plot Line:

Telling Stories: Students in Transition
Sisters in the System

Written by Tori Rice
Directed by Peter Cirino

Wednesday, March 25 & Friday March 27 at 7:30pm
San Diego State University Experimental Theatre
Tickets: Free, Reservation Required

Immerse yourself in theatre along with two girls navigating juvenile court. The complexity, confusion, and conflicts are almost comical.

Student actors from SDSU's School of Theatre, Television, and Film, and SDSU's Guardian Scholars work alongside faculty and local theatre professionals to present a performance of an experimental new play developed in Playwrights Project's Telling Stories program.

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Please RSVP by calling (858) 384-2970 or emailing

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques

Out of the Yard

Playwriting Program in Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

We recently finished our Out of the Yard playwriting program in Donovan Correctional Facility, with professional actors performing plays written by the inmates. It fills us with great joy to have helped ten inmates who are in the highest level of security to tap into their humanity and creativity in an environment that is, out of necessity, tightly regulated and focused on conforming and avoiding emotions and personal connections.

The program teaches inmates to act and write plays but it’s not just an art program to help keep prisoners busy. It's a therapeutic way for prisoners to find freedom behind the confines of the prison walls.

- Maria Arcega-Dunn, Fox 5 San Diego
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The program has been successful in contributing to the rehabilitation of inmates, which is the focus of the statewide Arts-in-Corrections initiative, made possible by a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Arts Council.



Photo Credit: Peter Merts

Playwrights Project Camp (ages 11-14)

Write your own play!

August 3-7, 2015 (Mon. - Fri.), 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Encinitas Community Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024

Do you want someone to help bring out the very best play that is inside of you? Join teaching artist Aleta Barthell this summer in Encinitas for a special playwriting camp for 11-14 year olds.

In this 5-day camp, participants will be guided through the process of taking an idea and turning it into a finished play that will be performed by professional actors on the last day of camp. Playwrights Project has been teaching playwriting in San Diego county for over 30 years.

Fee: $169 Encinitas residents / $179 non-Encinitas residents

Enroll now for Encinitas classes!

Playwrights Project Camp 2014 participants and final performance actors

Teaching Artist Aleta Barthell (right) works with California Young Playwrights Contest winner, Eliana Pipes

California Arts Council: Keep Arts in Schools

Voluntary Contribution Fund

Californians can once again support arts education programs this tax season through the Keep Arts in Schools Fund.

Last year's fund was a success, bringing in more than $250,000 in contributions from 21,000 individuals. 100% of these contributions are applied to arts education programs of the California Arts Council, with no funds used for administrative costs.

This year, the California Arts Council is required by law to raise a minimum of $250,000 in order to preserve this special donation opportunity...and we know they can succeed with your help!

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Grants Received

We recently received funding from the Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation. We are grateful for their continued support of our arts education programs.


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Playwrights Project is a nonprofit organization that relies on contributed income.
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Playwrights Project
3675 Ruffin Road, Suite 330
San Diego, CA 92123
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Our Sponsors

Anonymous; Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation; Boys & Girls Foundation; City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office; City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program; Community Services Association, San Diego Unified School District; The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation; Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance Company; the Samuel I. Fox and John Henry Fox Foundation; Sidney E. Frank Foundation; Mrs. Audrey Geisel/Dr. Seuss Foundation; Kinder Morgan; Kiwanis Club of La Jolla; Sheila & Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund; The Richard Metcalfe II Memorial Fund of The San Diego Foundation; Mira Mesa Self Storage; The Parker Foundation; The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund; ResMed Foundation; Sempra Energy Foundation; The Thursday Club; The Weingart Foundation; Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust; and the Gary and Mary West Foundation.

Playwrights Project advances literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.
(858) 384-2970
Tax ID #33-0394250