Emotion Literacy Advocates, the idea, emerged in 1992 through one of Pamela's theatrical monologue workshops, alongside her self-revelatory first book of rhythmic prose...presenting both 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 ideas, 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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• 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.
• 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."
• 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."
• 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.
• Allied Arts
• Arts in Motion
• Bellevue Art Museum
• Graham Visitor Center
• Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Nelson, Canada
• Nelson District Arts Council (NDAC), Canada
• Seattle Children’s Museum
• Seattle Repertory Theatre
Outreach & Education
• Anacortes Cinemas
• Bainbridge Cinemas
• Banyen Books & Sound
• 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
• Seattle Repertory Theatre Company
• Shelton Cinemas
• Skyline Drive-In
• Stanwood Cinemas
• The Historic Admiral Theater
• The Neptune Theater
Long Beach, WA
• Theatre For Young Audiences Today (ASSITEJ/USA)
• Vashon Theatre
• 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
• Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
• The Matt Talbot Center
• The Northwest Boychoir
• The Richard Hugo House
• The Seattle Counselor’s Association
• UW Women’s Center
• Windermere Foundation
• CFRO FM 100.5
• Co-op Radio’s World Poetry Cafe
• IPIPP (syndicated Pacific NW public affairs radio)
• KAOS Radio
• KBOO FM Radio's Pathways: "Conversations with Leaders in Personal and Cultural Transformation, featuring Pamela Sackett"
• KCMU Radio
• 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
• 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
• Art Institute of Seattle
• Casey Family Programs
• Catchafire (New York)
• Clatter and Din
• Dandelion Botanical Company
• Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc., Los Angeles
• Dick & John Spady
• EFilm Digital Laboratories
• ELA's Board of Directors
• Fastrax Audio
• Forum Foundation
• Google, Inc.
• Kamakani Schiess
• Logic General
• Mark Magill
• Michelex Industrial Group
• 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
Connie Thomas, Seattle public school teacher
…another thing that the class impressed upon me as being of real importance…the whole idea of language and talking and how certain words have certain meanings to some and different meanings to others.
I have never heard of emotion literacy before. I am thankful that you have come up with a way to deal and work through emotions. Thank you for helping me discover a way that I can help myself—I no longer feel stuck with emotions I don’t know how to work through...
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 feelings a voice.
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 hit with the children. They want to listen to it several times over. This CD is introducing vocabulary and is building self esteem—both child and parent listen to the CD together, this also gives the parent tools for talking to their child. Thank you for sharing your CD with so many families of young children..
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.
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.
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.
What we looked at here is extremely relevant to my work. Every teacher should be asked (required) to take your course on emotion literacy.
Connecting our emotions with our feelings has a great deal to do with successful communication…not only is (ELSOTA!’s ) road rage vignette important for students to be exposed to, but the other vignettes, which deal with life-impacting issues, are of equal benefit to students.