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High Tech High Chula Vista Storytelling Exhibitions!

Our project with High Tech High Chula Vista, now in its second year, is culminating in the next few weeks with a series of evenings of storytelling. The students have worked all semester on writing, storytelling, biology, art, and discovering their power within, and wil present short, powerful, beautiful personal narratives at our collaborative exhibition.

So Say We All is proud to have worked with these students, this project, and the school. We can’t wait to see the performances.

Please join us at The Industry in Chula Vista:

Friday, December 2nd, 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 6th, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 8th, 6:30 PM
Monday, December 12th, 6:30 PM

The Industry is located at 871 Harold Place, Chula Vista, CA 91914

Each evening will feature a small group of student performances and the exhibition of their accompanying art.


So Say We All is in the midst of our winter fundraising campaign. If you like the work we do in our education programs, performance, or publishing projects, please consider donating here, or becoming a sustaining member.


Power/Full: Meet our performers!

Power/Full: A VAMP Showcase kicks off tonight at 7 PM at The Industry, 871 Harold Place Bldg. 1, Chula Vista, CA 91914.

We’ve met the adult storytellers already: Lizz Huerta, Francisco Martinezcuello, Josh Cole, and Skyler McCurine. Now it’s time to get to know the three high school seniors, selected from our collaboration with High Tech High Chula Vista last year.


artwork from left: Kyleen Ojeda, Trenece Fearon, Julio Lopez

In the project, the students examined their power from both a biological and literary perspective. They wrote personal narratives on the theme of power, and created stunning artwork about the scientific roots of power.

Meet our high school students featured in tonight’s show!

Trenece Fearon
Trenece is a 17 year old social justice activist who has recently discovered her voice in her community. She is an advocate for the Black Lives Matter Movement, Feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She has a puppy named Nala whom she loves more than anything. Her favorite activities include (but are not limited to), rollerskating, cleaning her glasses (it’s just really satisfying), watching bad horror movies, and eating sugar cookies (not the regular ones, the ones with frosting on them and little sprinkles, yeah those are the best). She is currently on season three of Game of thrones and never wears matching socks.

From her inspiring story, “Boy Cousins”:

The problem with my “tomboy phase” isn’t that I did it to be accepted, it’s that I started associating “Girly things” and “Girly behavior” with weakness.

Kyleen Ojeda
Kyleen became the person her parents wanted her to be because as long as they are happy shouldn’t she be too? It took her a while to realize that her happiness comes before anyone else’s. In her artwork, she replaced the girl’s head with the brain because that is where our personality comes from. That is where we store our memories and thoughts about ourselves. The female figure is only wearing undergarments to represent how vulnerable she felt during a challenging time in her life. Her power comes from her realizing who she is and becoming independent.

And a tiny tease from her heart-wrenching story:

I thought my parents would be the ones to teach me how to tie my shoes.

Julio Lopez
Julio is a senior at High Tech High Chula Vista, and this project has given him one of the most honest and emotionally truthful experiences of his life.

The calm before the storm in his harrowing story, “Futbolito”:

I still clearly remember getting ready for the party. Putting on my Spain jersey my uncle had bought me right after the World Cup, running down the old wooden stairs to go play soccer in the backyard. And the sound of my grandma’s loud and desperate voice yelling at my brother and I from upstairs to stop playing due to the countless flower pots and windows we had completely shattered with our ball over the years.

We hope you’ll join us for tonight’s showcase. See you at The Industry at 7:00 PM. All ages!

Southwestern College VAMP: Snap Judgment is April 27th

So Say We All and Southwestern College present:
Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment

Read more about our community college programs here.

It happens to us all. We find ourselves the target of a snap judgment based on how others perceive us: where we’re from, how we look or sound, what we wear, even how we style our hair. If we’re honest, we can think of times when we, despite our best intentions, have pigeonholed someone else. When have you found yourself being targeted by a stereotype? When have you caught yourself stereotyping someone else – even though you know better?

Talia Castellanos
Daniel Ceballos
Natasa Cordova
Lorise Diamond
Shereen Fahrai
Jeffrey Jimenez
Ruben Lam

Southwestern College Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment
Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM
Field House Auditorium
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Attention Educators! Teaching storytelling?

Are you an educator interested in teaching storytelling or personal narrative writing, or are you looking to enrich your current curriculum with models of storytelling and live performance?

We’d like to invite you to some upcoming all-ages (though we cannot promise squeaky clean language!) performances through our partnerships with community colleges throughout San Diego. These are great opportunities to come and see live storytelling yourself, bring your teaching colleagues, and/or bring your students and classes!

The students participating in these showcases were selected from large fields of student submissions, and then spent a month working intensively with faculty, So Say We All teaching artists, and their co-performers to bring their stories to the stage. They work so hard, and have such amazing stories to tell.

If you are interested in having So Say We All work with you at your school or college, get in touch with us.

Here are our three community college shows:




Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 PM
San Diego Mesa College room G101
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/226440991034746/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/mesa-college-vamp-borders/

Chula Vista

southwestern - snap judgment

Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM
Southwestern College’s Field House Auditorium
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1246017782078528/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/southwestern-college-vamp-snap-judgment/


city-face the music

Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 PM
San Diego City College Saville Theatre
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1092318790799058/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/city-college-vamp-face-the-music/

High Tech High Chula Vista project: final week of shows!

Just three shows remain for “The Power Within,” our education partnership with 11th graders at High Tech High Chula Vista. Come hear some stories!

The two shows last week featured incredible writing, brave and powerful storytelling, lots of laughter, lots of tears, and lots of pride. We are so proud of the intense amount of work and courage put into these stories. Come see! Three more nights!


“Insecurities,” by Destinie Rose Mendeola

Also featured at each show are pieces of art the students created to illustrate where their power comes from, using elements of biology. The art is incredibly powerful.

Come on down to Novo Brazil Brewery in Chula Vista, grab a beer, sit with us, and be inspired.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 – door: 6 PM

Shows start at 6:30 PM each night.

Novo Brazil Brewery
901 Lane Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91914

To support this and other education and storytelling outreach work So Say We All does, visit our winter fundraiser drive to learn more and donate.

T H E PO W E R W I T H I N - wp-new

High Tech High Chula Vista: The Power Within

So Say We All’s teaching artists and storytellers have been working with teachers Henry Maxfield and Nuvia Ruland at High Tech High Chula Vista, on a semester-long storytelling and art project.

The students are writing their own stories, revolving around a question: where does my power come from? They are also artistically and biologically representing their power in paintings that will be exhibited.

The stories are stunning, powerful, heartbreaking, and humorous. Witnessing the storytelling power of youth reminds us why we are in the business of stories in the first place. Come hear some of their remarkable stories, and check out their art. Over the course of five evenings, Novo Brazil Brewery in the South Bay will host small groups of performers.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 – door: 6 PM

Novo Brazil Brewery
901 Lane Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91914

Stay tuned for details, themes, and performer lists for each evening.

Southwestern College Fall 2015 VAMP Showcase: The Other Side

Join Southwestern College and So Say We All for our Fall 2015 VAMP Showcase: The Other Side.
We’ve all been there: On the fringes looking in or on the inside looking out. Learning the other side of a story or finding your way out of something. When have you been surprised by a new perspective or felt like an outsider, even with people who you thought you knew? The theme is loose, the stories are solid.
Dawit Begashaw
Danielle Davis
Jade Espina
Melina Huerta
Steven Lopez
Michelle Staten
Andrea Paipilla
Arie Russell
VAMP: Taking A Stand
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
7:00 PM
Field House Auditorium
(overlooking the stadium)
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd,
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 421-6700