I was so impressed with your activity as students used higher level thinking skills and the enthusiasm and engagement of your students. Wow, I was really amazed when you asked the students if they wanted to take a break and they said "No!" Great work.
Alice Schilling, Principal, ECA 2008
I just want to let you know that you were really my inspiration to want to write a play. I didn't think I was a good writer at all until your class, and once I realized that I could actually create something, I was inspired to write this play. Thank you so much, so far, this class has really had a profound impact on my life.
Freshman Student, ECA
"As a budding playwright, Staci's class challenged me become a better writer. Through creative exercises and group discussions on each play or scene, I learned many different techniques in playwrighting as well as critiquing the work of others. Her class was enjoyable and a rewarding experience." -Kerry Davies
Recipient of the 2009 John W. Ryan S.J., Prize for Playwrighting at Fairfield University
Intern at New Dramatists, 2010
"Creative writing has always been a passion of mine, but I was never entirely sure I'd be any good at writing a play. I had to throw away my safety net, and just trust the dialogue. Staci was a huge help - encouraging, supportive, respectful, and very funny. She helped us form a close bond as a class, and we all became less afraid to explore new worlds in our writing. I took away from Staci's class a new-found sense of courage and the reminder that failure doesn't exist in creative writing."
Olivia Giroux, winner of the 2010 Fairfield John W Ryan Prize for Drama
"My freshman classes and I had the great pleasure of having Staci Swedeen offer a workshop on playwrighting. We found Staci's energy, her positive reinforcement of student effort and her great sense of humor delightful. Having a real live playwright and actress come to the school gave students the opportunity not only to interact with a living artist but also to see that an idea can come to fruition as a play. This Stamford for the Arts program which puts artists into classrooms is vital."
Janet MacKenzie, Teacher, Greenwich High School
"After listening to your experiences, and hearing about all the different things you have done and written, you have made me think about how much I enjoy writing. You have brought back something inside of me, that I had put away for far too long - you have opened up a door. Thank you."
High school student
"After you came in, I thought about the world in a different way. I started hearing and seeing different things and understanding that my life experience could be made into plays or monologues. I am forever grateful to you for coming in and sharing your passion with us."
High school student