Aleta Barthell

Aleta Barthell

Aleta Barthell is a playwright/screenwriter/teacher. Aleta's play, WINDOW OF SHAME, is a finalist for the 2021 National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Theater Center. It 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...
Aleta Barthell is a playwright/screenwriter/teacher. Aleta's play, WINDOW OF SHAME, is a finalist for the 2021 National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Theater Center. It 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 a DG Ambassador for the San Diego area.

Plays

  • NIGHT WITCHES: FLIGHT INTO FANTASY
    NIGHT WITCHES: Flight into Fantasy
    Gliding silently through the sky with engines idled, an all-female WWII Russian air-regiment drops bombs on their German targets with precision clockwork all night long. When the commander, Irina, is hit and forced to land behind enemy lines, she weaves her way through hostile territory, both real and fantastic, hoping to find her way back home to her regiment…if it is still there.
  • WINDOW OF SHAME
    In 1834, Doctor and Madame LaLaurie are famous in the French Quarter for their elegant parties in their resplendent home, but suspicions arise after a young slave woman jumps to her death, leaving Sally, the cook who is chained in the kitchen, to risk her own life to expose the horrifying secret that lives upstairs.

    Drama, based on a New Orleans' ghost story.