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

Facing the Challenge of Climbing in Nepal!

Mountaineer and dad Farzin Fallah will be facing one of the biggest challenges of his life in just a few weeks. He will embark on a climbing expedition in Nepal starting August 30 to raise funds for autism organizations, including PACT.  As many of you know, Farzin’s son Matthew is a long-time participant in our theatre and performing arts workshops. We are honored and grateful to Farzin for turning his climb of Cho-Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain, into a challenge that will benefit many in the autism community, including our own theatre participants.


While summer is a time when many people step back and relax with vacations or trips to the beach, both Farzin and his son Matthew have made the most of their summer working toward their goals. In July, while Matthew participated in a pre-college program in Seattle, Farzin used the opportunity to climb two of Washington’s magnificent mountains that were within driving distance of Seattle, where the family was staying. They were Mount Si and Colchuck Peak. With the challenge of climbing Nepal’s Cho-Oyu rapidly approaching, Farzin welcomed the opportunity to continue preparing in Washington for the climb.

Summit View 1

To read Farzin’s account of his most recent climbs in Washington State and see more pictures of the breathtaking scenery they offered, visit his blog at climbingforautism.org.
And if you haven’t already done so, please consider making a contribution to this very worthwhile endeavor.  Donations can be made through a link to the National Association for Autism Research (NFAR) which you’ll find on Farzin’s website:  Climbing for Autism

We wish Farzin all the best in his climbing expedition in Nepal! You’ll find updates and photos of Farzin’s amazing  journey and his summiting of Cho-Oyu on his websites’s blog as well. 

Climbing for Autism

Most parents of children with Autism will go to any heights to help them reach their full potential. Farzin Fallah will be doing that literally when he sets out to climb Cho-Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain located on the border of Nepal and Tibet on August 30. 

Farzin is the father of a teen who has been participating in our theatre workshops for about two years.  An avid climber and mountaineer, Farzin is combining his dedication to helping his son with Asperger’s with his love for climbing in a fundraising project that he started called Climbing for Autism.  

Funds raised will support programs that serve those with autism in our area. All funds will go to the National Foundation for Autism (NFAR) and then be distributed to local non-profits.  PACT will receive 10% of all funds raised on this climb.

You can donate to the project through the National Foundation for Autism.  Check out the Climbing for Autism website to learn more about the project. Your can also read Farzin’s blog posts on our site to learn how he has been preparing  for this extraordinary challenge.

Kathryn Campion
Co-Founder/Executive Director
Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)
PACT is a 501(c) non-profit organization.


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

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)