I have a BFA and two MFA's in theater, film writing and film directing. I learned more in a two-day workshop
with Ela Thier.
I've been writing scripts for over 20 years, and learned more in 3 hours with Ela Thier than I have in two decades.
Your philosophy of non-competitiveness, your emphasis on community and doing for each other, was very refreshing.
Not only do you teach but you empower, a much rarer thing.
Your encouragement and teaching method is invaluable, life-affirming, heartfelt,
sincere. Mostly, it was a release for me into a journey I will continue for the rest of my life... thank you.
As a black woman in
a mostly white school, sharing my work and trying to get feedback was one of the most difficult experiences I ever had. I've
never felt more comfortable than I have with Ela. I'm so happy with my progress, what I accomplished was monumental. Wonderfully
affirming experience... a life-changing experience for me.
Director, Block D (TV), The Agency (TV), Taharuki
Ela's workshop gave me the
structure and courage to bring what was in my imagination onto the page. I'm deeply grateful
Houndog (starring Dakota Fannings)
(starring Robyn Penn White)