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For more than 20 years, Pamela Sackett, ELA's founding artist, has been using language arts, theatre and music to help many people understand and express their true emotions.

Who are Emotion Literacy Advocates:

Emotion Literacy Advocates, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, was founded in January 2001, and is comprised of passionate people, with backgrounds ranging from publishing, education, science, human services, information technology, and, of course, the arts. For more than 20 years, Pamela Sackett, Emotion Literacy Advocates' founder, has been using language arts, theater and music to help a wide age-range of individuals and groups understand and express their true emotions.

Emotion Literacy Advocates Can Help Anyone:

  • Think creatively and use every day language to untangle emotion and needs.
  • Begin a difficult conversation with a friend, co-worker or family member.
  • Appreciate language arts, theatre, and music as tools for insight and understanding.
Pamela Sackett at Elliott Bay Books 'Booing Death' reading

Emotion Literacy Advocates, the idea, began in 1992 with Pamela's first book of rhythmic prose she presented to special interest groups and universities. In late 1994, Seattle Repertory Theatre Company's outreach and education department's (then) head, Ted Sod, learned of Pamela's idea, philosophy and methods and recruited her for a series of artist residencies in public and private schools, an adult prison and the King County Youth Detention facility. Pamela's work as a generative artist telling stories in poetic, musical and theatrical form to advocate for emotion literacy found its way further into academic and social service communities in the Northwest, Canada and Mexico. Pamela continues to serve as a teaching artist and guest author in high schools, universities and performance venues. Emotion Literacy Advocates, the organization, was formed to support and expand Pamela's reach and to foster collaboration with artists, community partners and social change educators.

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Pamela Sackett is one of the most original thinkers I have ever encountered in my career as a teaching artist. She sees the big picture and understands the emotional needs of children, their parents, their teachers and the communities surrounding them – in short, she understands our humanity...
 ~Ted Sod
   Director, Education Dept. Dramaturge
   Roundabout Theatre, New York

Meet the ELA Board

Pamela Sackett, Founding Artist

Bachelor of Arts, Psychodynamic Writing for Dramatic Interpretation
Antioch University Seattle

International performer, playwright

Language artist, author, producer

Pamela presents expressive art and facilitates workshops and community dialogue through events, learning institutions, social service agencies, special interest gatherings and media outlets. Pamela is the recipient of the 2013 Antioch University Seattle Distinguished Alumni Award.

Daniel Sackett

Bachelor of Arts, Rhetoric & Communication and French
University of Oregon

IT generalist, sculptor, writer

Daniel Sackett has an eclectic career in publishing and the application of technology toward projects of artistic and social merit. His design work spans the gamut from books to databases, web sites to sculpture, "with a common thread throughout of the mastery of tools for the furthering of a high aesthetic and meaningful communication."

Jennifer Johnson

Masters in Marine Affairs
University of Washington

Visual artist, poet, performer, creativity coach

Jennifer Johnson works to protect marine resources. She performed her own work as well as acted in two educational theatre companies for seven years in the Pacific Northwest. Jennifer transitioned into a career in salmon recovery outreach and reporting, and also serves as Environmental Information Coordinator. Jennifer envisions "expanding applications of emotion literate communication in public policy and environmental awareness."

Mark Magill

Master of Fine Arts
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Seattle Art Institute Graphic Design Diploma

Visual artist, independent researcher, writer, teacher, learner

Mark H. Magill views himself as "an artistic visualist driven by an ever present creative force that has allowed me to not only develop a way of seeing the world, but also a way of seeing myself and how the two are united." Currently working as Learning and Development Specialist, Mark has designed and implemented instructional programs for businesses, non-profits and the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Emotion Literacy Advocates Sponsors

Here is a partial list of individuals, companies and organizations that have joined our campaign:



• Allied Arts
• Arts in Motion
• Kutenai Art Therapy     Institute Nelson, Canada
• Bellevue Art Museum
• Graham Visitor Center
• Seattle Children’s Museum
• Seattle Repertory Theatre
Outreach & Education

Theater & Entertainment

• Anacortes Cinemas
• Bainbridge Cinemas
• Banyen Books & Sound
Vancouver, BC
• Columbia City Cinema
• Educational Resource Street Fair
• Elliot Bay Book Company
• Northwest Film Forum’s 5th Annual Seattle Bike-In Event
• Oak Harbor Cinemas
• Ocean Shores Cinemas
• Olympic Cinemas
• Salish Sea Ecosystem Film Festival
Vancouver, BC
• Seattle Repertory Theatre Company
• Shelton Cinemas
• Skyline Drive-In
Shelton, WA
• Stanwood Cinemas
• The Historic Admiral Theater
• The Neptune Theater
Long Beach, WA
• Theatre For Young Audiences Today (ASSITEJ/USA)
• Vashon Theatre


• Americorps
• Big Brothers Big Sisters
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Lane County
• California Academy of Sciences
• Children’s Cancer Association
• Helping Hand House
• International Human Learning Resources Network (Mexico)
• Make a Wish Foundation
• National Association for Women in Psychology
• North Rehabilitation Facility Seattle
• Powerful Schools
• Safeplace Women’s Shelter Services, Inc.
• Seattle Aubdubon
• The Matt Talbot Center
• The Northwest Boychoir
• The Richard Hugo House
• The Seattle Counselor’s Association
• UW Women’s Center
• Windermere Foundation

Radio & Press

• CFRO FM 100.5
• Co-op Radio’s World Poetry Cafe
Vancouver, BC
• IPIPP (syndicated Pacific NW public affairs radio)
• KAOS Radio
Olympia, WA
• KBOO FM Radio's Pathways: "Conversations with Leaders in Personal and Cultural Transformation, featuring Pamela Sackett"
Portland, Oregon
• KCMU Radio
Tacoma, WA
• KISW, 99.9 FM, The Rock
• KKNW 1150 AM, Teen Talk
• KKWF100.7, The Wolf
• KMTT 103.7, The Mountain
• KNDD 107.7, The End
• KUOW 94.9, The Beat
Seattle, WA
• Metroscope Public Affairs Radio
• North Seattle Herald-Outlook
• Northwest Exposure
• Permanente Journal
Winter Vol 8 No.1
• Portland Community Media:
"A Humanist Hour with Pamela Sackett"
• Prologue Publication of Seattle Repertory Theatre
• South Seattle Beacon


• Academy Press
• Alphagraphics
• Art Institute of Seattle
• Casey Family Programs
• Clatter and Din
• Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc., Los Angeles
• Dick & John Spady
• EFilm Digital Laboratories
Los Angeles
• ELA's Board of Directors
• Fastrax Audio
• Forum Foundation
• Google, Inc.
• Kamakani Schiess
• Logic General
• Mark Magill
• Michelex Industrial Group
• Micosoft
• Mills Music
• New England Motor Freight
• Oak Harbor Freight Company
• Office Max
• Perkins Coie
• Postal Express
• Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association
• Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
• Spicers Paper
• Sue Ellen Katz
• Triple Disc


What we looked at here is extremely relevant to my work. Every teacher should be asked (required) to take your course
on emotion literacy.
~Connie Thomas, Seattle Public School Teacher

Ted Sod
Seattle Repertory Theatre Company Outreach and Education

Pamela Sackett’s Emotion Literacy Program allows participants to confront their anger, abuse, hurt, love, and fear in a structured, unintimidating way that yields remarkable results. Pamela is an exceptional, resourceful and creative midwife whose talent lies in encouraging people to give their emotions a voice.

Christina Roux
 Public school teacher (language arts)

Pamela Sackett is luck. She has been the luck of more than ninety kids in my classes over the past three years.

Kelly DeLany
Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center Program Manager

We just received the latest edition of Kidbits with the lovely enclosed CD. I'm playing it now over and over... I found The Full Spectrum Birthday Song laughter-inspiring and intriguing and it certainly covered the full range of birth feelings. I personally plan to play it at our next family birthday event and make it a 'full-spectrum celebration'.

John F. Williams

The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie is a marriage between music, literature, animation, and motion pictures. But as amazing as its form is, its content shines as well...a well written story about people and their interaction with the environment...the artistry of the creators shines through the technology used to bring it to the audience...charming.

Sue Rogge
Family Support Partnership Program
Tacoma/Pierce County WA State Health Department

I gave out The Full Spectrum Birthday Song CDs to most of my families last month. This month I am asking if the children enjoyed listening to the CD. This song is a positive hit with the children. They want to listen to it several times over. This CD is introducing vocabulary and is building self esteem—making the children feel good about themselves...both child and parent listen to the CD together, this also gives the parent some tools of how they may talk to their child. Thank you for sharing your CD with so many families of young children.

Bob Wilson
Former Rotary District Governor

I had the privilege of hearing Pamela's performance and enjoyed it enormously. She displays subtle humor effectively with an originality that made her message most meaningful. I confidently recommend this program.

psychology student
Seattle University

The (stream of consciousness) exercise was almost astonishing. You said it would surprise us, it really did…I can’t recall any other moments I could let words come to me so spontaneously.

Powerful Schools parent workshop

I wish all men would look at their past and see how it influences them now—that’s the key to being effective—I’m still learning. Please call us when you do another class.