ELA Program prime movers

Pamela Sackett (founder & principal artist)
Content & design

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychodynamic Writing
    for Dramatic Interpretation
    Antioch University Seattle
  • International performer, playwright
  • Language artist, author, producer

Pamela Sackett  creates and produces arts-based learning tools, in collaboration with ELA’s Board of Directors, actors, singers, visual artists and technical designers. Her presentations, performances and workshops, on behalf of ELA, have been integrated into over twenty regional social service agency programs, arts organization and special interest conference programs, high school and university curricula including Seattle Repertory Theatre Company Outreach & Education, Pierce County Health Department, King County Youth Detention Facility, Washington State Family Policy Council, Seattle University, University of Washington and featured in broadcast media in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Mexico. One of ELA’s flagship learning tools The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie toured Washington state, plays at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and can be found at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and UCLA film archives. Pamela received Antioch University Seattle’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.


Mark Magill (ELA board member & co-founder)
Program initiation & competency-driven structural foundation

  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Seattle Art Institute Graphic Design Diploma
  • Visual artist, independent researcher, writer, teacher, learner

Mark H. Magill views himself as “an artistic visualist driven by an ever present creative force that has allowed me to not only develop a way of seeing the world, but also a way of seeing myself and how the two are united.” Currently working as Learning and Development Specialist, Mark has designed and implemented instructional programs for businesses, non-profits and the Washington State Department of Corrections.


Guy Nelson (ELA maestro)
Instrumental/vocal arrangements + performance  & technical direction 

  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Music, The Evergreen State College 
  • Seattle-based actor, author, musician, composer
  • Workplace trainer and journalist

Guy Nelson is a busy performer and a member of Seattle’s premier improv theatre ensemble, Unexpected Productions. His book Creative Thinking, Creative Play: Using Improvisational Games to Transform People, Classrooms and Organizations explores the fun of improvisational games outside of the theatre. Guy has traveled the world as a performer, teacher and journalist. His many reports can be heard on NPR and other networks.


Daniel Sackett (ELA board member & co-founder)
A-Z technical maneuvers, sound & text editorial

  • Bachelor of Arts, Rhetoric & Communication and  French, University of Oregon
  • IT generalist, sculptor, writer

Daniel Sackett has an eclectic career in publishing and the application of technology toward projects of artistic and social merit. His design work spans the gamut from books to databases, web sites to sculpture, with his eye on “that common thread throughout of the mastery of tools for the furthering of a high aesthetic and meaningful communication.”

Special thanks to:

Nadia Chernyak (LMS coordination & curriculum installation)

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