Aleta Barthell


Aleta will be teaching the following upcoming classes through San Diego Writers, Ink:

2019-04-22 Playwriting with Aleta Barthell

There's still time to join this session. Sign up today!


2019-07-15 A Summer's Playwriting Workshop with Aleta Barthell

This workshop is designed for writers who are familiar with writing plays. Students should come with an idea for a play that they are excited to develop over this bi-weekly summer workshop with input from the instructor and other workshop participants. Sign up now!

July 15, 29 , August 12 and 26
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $120 members / $144 non-members


Plays | Screenplays | Television


We are scheduled to have a staged reading of my play, NIGHT WITCHES: FLIGHT INTO FANTASY, on Sunday, January 6, 2 p.m. at New Village Arts Theatre (2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008).

The piece is a little over an hour long.

I hope you can come!

Upcoming Performances: The Fire In Me

A theatrical exploration of domestic violence in San Diego's Filipino Community.

Upcoming performances:
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 2 p.m.
Skyline Hills Library
7900 Paradise Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92139

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2 p.m.
Central Library
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 2 p.m.
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131


When a farm chore goes horribly wrong on an Illinois farm, it forces a family to contend with past grievances and forgive old grudges—before it’s too late. A suspenseful story about what responsibility and accountability mean to a 21st century American family.

New Works Festival Reading Series: Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m.@ Scripps Ranch Theater

Drama based on a New Orleans ghost story. In 1834, Doctor and Madame LaLaurie are famous in the French Quarter for their elegant parties in their resplendent home, but soon dark suspicions arise after a young woman climbs out of a darkened window on the second floor and jumps to her death; leaving Sally, the cook downstairs, to risk her life to uncover the secret that lives upstairs. 2016 Finalist HUMANITAS/CTG Playwriting Prize



A San Diego businesswoman loses a slip of paper foretelling her fortune, and a little girl in Tijuana picks it up, reversing their fates. Comic consequences give way to darker and mysterious elements as the story unfolds against a backdrop of illegal immigration and the inequities of the very different lives being led on either side of the border. Semi-Finalist: 2005 Sundance Writers Lab Competition

A quietly determined woman ditches her executive life in Manhattan to pursue her grandmother’s dream of growing the perfect carnation and falls in love with Donny, a shy prison guard who’s trying to achieve his own modest notoriety in a small town in Wyoming by breaking the World Record for eating Big Macs.


Television Series

When her father dies, the daughter of a wealthy ruling family must assume control of the duchy of Aquitaine; determined to rule her own land, Eleanor thwarts those who plot to kidnap her, murder her, or make her their unwilling bride.