All posts by Kathryn Campion

PACT Traveling Theatre Troupe Presents ‘Beyond Bullying’ Theatre Event at Pacific Ridge School!

PACT Traveling Theatre Troupe presented their ‘Beyond Bullying’ Theatre event at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad on Tuesday, April 11.  This was the first of many performances by the troupe, and it was powerful and entertaining.  Everyone shined.  This performance was the culmination of over a year of work creating and rehearsing the event, under the leadership of PACT’s Artistic Director, Sandy Redmon.  

We are very proud of PACT’s Traveling Theatre Troupe and know they will continue to inspire young teens to go ‘beyond bullying’ through their ‘Beyond Bullying’ Theatre Event.  

Some of the troupe members perform a sketch for Pacific Ridge students.

Contact PACT at info@pacthouse.org to schedule a ‘Beyond Bullying’ Theatre Event for the young teens at your school or community center.

Climbing for Autism Project Donates Part of Its Proceeds to PACT!

Farzin Fallah climbed Cho-Oyu in early Fall of 2016.  Cho-Oyu is the 6th highest mountain in the world and stands at 8,201 m (26,906 ft.) in elevation. It is located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, a short distance from Mt. Everest.

Farzin has a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, and decided to turn his love for climbing into a fundraising project.  Farzin Fallah’s goal was to raise awareness and funds to help fund San Diego based nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) develop technical and social skills to gain the employment and become independent, contributing members of society. Farzin’s wife, Leesa, joined the fundraising efforts and was essential to its success.

PACT was fortunate to receive some of the funds raised through this project. On January 21, 2016, Farzin’s son, Matthew, who participates in PACT programs, presented Kathryn Campion, PACT Founding Director, with a check for $2,064.

Thank you Farzin, Leesa, and Matthew!

You can learn more about Farzin’s climb on their website:  climbingforautism.org.

End of the Year Update from the Director

It’s our holiday break at PACT until January 21st as far as offering our Saturday Workshops, but we are very busy.  Our traveling theatre troupe is putting the finishing touches on their ‘Beyond Bullying’ theatre event, and will soon be presenting their sketches and improvisational activities out in the community.  We are excited to be hiring the troupe members and our plan is to provide them with long-term, meaningful employment. 

Our Saturday theatre and performing arts workshops for teens and young adults with autism continues to improve.  The workshops are more dynamic and powerful in teaching life skills than ever before.  For seven years our artistic director, Sandy Redmon, has developed and led curricula that catches the imaginations of teens and young adults (not an easy task) while improving their life and social skills.  We are so lucky to have her.  Her son, our assistant workshop director and a young adult with autism, also continues to grow as a great leader. 

As always we have had a beautiful bouquet of volunteer peer mentors this year.  The really special ones often stay, sometimes for years, and get to know and appreciate our community. 

We recently held our annual board of directors meeting.  I see the board as the backbone of the organization, and we have assembled a group of some very high quality people.  One of our board members, an adult with autism, is also a program volunteer and gives the meetings his inside view.

My goal is that in about ten years we will have handed the leadership of this organization over to a team of individuals with autism.  I believe that they are the ones who are absolutely the best suited to mentor others with autism, and I know they will take PACT in directions that would never occur to me.  I see myself staying on as a board member and grant writer if invited.

The plan is that each job at our organization eventually becomes a mentorship opportunity for someone with autism.  I believe people will gravitate at some point towards various aspects of running PACT, for example, someone showing an interest in being our webmaster.  This will take time and I am in no hurry.  The first and perhaps most essential thing is for everyone to relax.

It is currently a time when grant proposals are due, and I find myself getting into a writer’s mode, which pulls me into seeing what we do in an overview.  I cannot express how grateful I am to have found this way to serve.  Autism is a big spectrum and I think many of us are on it somewhere.  I certainly am.

Kathryn Campion
Founding Director
PACT

Dr. Temple Grandin is coming to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD) is hosting internationally recognized autism activist and animal behavior expert Dr. Temple Grandin on Wednesday, April 27, at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. 
 
VIP tickets are still available and include: 

* a meet and greet with Temple Grandin from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
* a signed copy of Temple Grandin’s book, The Autistic Brain
* wine and hors d’oeuvres

Tickets can be purchased online at http://powaycenter.com/324/An-Evening-with-Temple-Grandin

 
 
Jen Clark, KPA-CTP
Service Dog Training Instructor and Marketing Specialist
 
Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD)
Email: jen.clark@tlcad.org
Ofc: (858) 461-6827 | Fax: (858) 461-6846
Direct: (858) 212-2808
www.TenderLovingCanines.org   

Anti-Bullying Theatre Troupe Begins!

I am happy to announce Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)’s newest project – our Anti-Bullying Theatre Troupe – made up of some of the teens and young adults that attend PACT’s theatre workshops.  In its very early stages, the troupe has begun to meet under the mentorship of Sandy Redmon, PACT’s Artistic Director and Senior Workshop Director. 

The plan is to develop sketches and improvisational activities using humor and personal stories that the troupe will perform at local middle schools with the goal of preventing peer bullying.  The audience will be encouraged to participate in the improvisational activities, and we believe it will be a memorable experience for all involved.  Because some of our troupe members have been the brunt of bullying they will be able to give middle schoolers an ‘insider’s view’.  It will also be a healing and empowering experience for them.

Troupe members currently serve as volunteers with the understanding that we hope/plan to hire them in the future as funding allows.  Funds to compensate the project mentor have been provided by a grant from the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR), and we are very grateful for their support.

We are excited about this new opportunity to serve our community, and to empower those with autism through the performing arts.

  • Kathryn Campion
    Co-founder/Executive Director
    Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)