Here's what is featured in this edition of Plot Line:
:: Playwrights Project Camp at New Village Arts
:: Welcome to our new School Programs Manager!
:: Out of the Yard in the News
:: Inmates at RJD Celebrate Programming
Playwrights Project Camp at 
New Village Arts was a success!

Playwrights Project recently partnered with New Village Arts for an annual summer playwriting camp! Over the course of one week, students learned how to bring their ideas to life under the direction of Playwrights Project Teaching Artist Aleta Barthell. Professional actors performed the scripts for the student playwrights, their peers, and loved ones. Congratulations to these talented and creative students!
Welcome to our new
School Programs Manager!
Playwrights Project is proud to welcome Suzanne Whitman as our new School Programs Manager! Suzanne previously worked for Playwrights Project as the Office Manager from 2008 to 2011. Suzanne has been a valuable asset for Playwrights Project, acting as a volunteer reader for the California Young Playwrights Contest since 2012. We are pleased to be working with her again and can't wait for the school year to begin!

Out of the Yard Playwrights in the News!

Playwrights Project_s Out of the Yard program at Centinela State Prison
Video of Playwrights Project's Out of the Yard program at
Centinela State Prison

In our Out of the Yard residency at Centinela State Prison, program participants and professional actors performed the scripts written by incarcerated playwrights over the course of the ten week residency. KYMA television reporter Dallis Ontiveros attended the final performance and spoke to the participants about their experience with Playwrights Project.

Of the Out of the Yard program's goals, Dallis wrote, "In a place where your 'rights' are limited, there's a chance for your story to be heard... Despite the shadows everyone carries, it's the 'light' written on paper that gives these men the hope for a new beginning." 

Several inmates were interviewed by Dallis and shared with him the effect that this program has had on their lives. Earl Young said, "You can forget how it is to be human... But when we have people come and talk to us... it puts us back 'there' where we are supposed to be."

To read the full article, visit KYMA's website!
Inmates at Richard J. Donovan
Correctional Facility 
Celebrate Programming

Last month, inmates organized a one of a kind event showcasing skills they've honed in rehabilitative programs on RJD's Echo Yard, a Non-Designated Programming Facility. The event, attended by visitors from outside the facility, showcased rehabilitative independence and celebrated the creative talents of  program participants.

With demonstrations from Playwrights Project,  Tender Loving Canine's POOCH Program, Jail Guitar Doors, and Project PAINT, program participants had an opportunity to share with each other and visitors, the rehabilitative effect of programming.

Playwrights Project Executive Director Cecelia Kouma shared, "The event gave the men an opportunity to work together in a cooperative way to produce something remarkable."

Our Sponsors

Anonymous, City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office, Current Wisdom Foundation, City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program, Community Service Association of San Diego Unified School District, Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance Company, The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gold Diggers, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, The Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, Mira Mesa Self Storage, Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Parker Foundation, The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund, Allison and Robert Price Family Foundation Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego County Board of Supervisors Community Enhancement Program, Sempra Energy Foundation, The William and Ruth Tippett Foundation, Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation, Annie Weisman and Bill Macomber, Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, Gary & Mary West Foundation.

Playwrights Project advances literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals  

to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.  




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