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Aleta Barthell, Director of “Staged Readings”

February 25, 2011

Aleta has worked as an actor and teaching artist for Playwrights Project over the past 10 years.  Now she’ll be directing this year’s staged readings in the Plays by Young Writers festival April 1-10, 2011 at the Lyceum Theatre.


How did you first become involved with theatre production?

In 5th grade, I was a bunny in a play called The Bad Children that my brother was doing at the community college where we lived in Powell, WY.  (I had originally envisioned myself as a “talking bunny,” but the director had a different idea . . . )

Do you have a favorite production you’ve worked on?

The Baby Dance at Stark Raving Theatre in Portland, OR.

What is the message you hope the audience takes away with them?

Allow others to find their own path in life . . . tolerance.

How does the director add to the play/help make it even better?  Is there a specific method/element you focus on?

The director helps to give a cohesive goal for everyone to work toward.  That way the story becomes specific, clear and understood.  I usually begin work with the actor and their character, setting the action and blocking of the play from there.

What is your favorite play or book?

Play: Macbeth; Book: Charms for the Easy Life, by Kaye Gibbons.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An award-winning writer and tremendously happy.


The staged readings will be presented in the Plays by Young Writers program on Saturday April 2 at 7:30 PM, Friday April 8 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday April 9 at 2:00 PM at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza.  Tickets are $12-$50; more information at


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