Aleta Barthell


Aleta Barthell is a playwright/screenwriter/teacher.  Aleta is the recipient of a grant from California Humanities for a dramatist-based project called SAVING STORIES: A Toolkit in the Age of Covid-19. Her play, Window of Shame, was a finalist for the 2021 National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Center. The same play was also a finalist for the 2016 HUMANITAS/CTG Playwriting Prize. Her play, Night Witches: Flight into Fantasy, was a part of the New Village Arts Theatre’s “2019 Final Draft Festival.” Aleta was a panelist for “Writing from History” at the 2015 Dramatists Guild National Conference.  She is a teaching artist with Playwrights Project and founder of the youth theater education program, Kids Act, at New Village Arts Theatre. She holds a B.S. from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and has trained at BADA (Oxford, England); Shakespeare and Company (Lenox, MA). She studied playwriting and screenwriting at UCSD with Allan Havis. She is a Dramatists Guild Member and an Ambassador for the San Diego area.