"Kim's method comes from a hard-earned knowledge of who she is. She is fearless - so her students write fearlessly. Above all, she's accepting and loving - which means her students use their writing as a path to acceptance and love. The readings of her students' work are thrilling because you are watching people grow into themselves before your very eyes."
- Bill Cain, Playwright & Steinberg New Play Award Winner & Terrance McNally New Play Award Winner
"It’s terrifyingly awesome. You learn how to sing, dance, scream, cry and be comfortable in your own skin. You learn the terrible woes of everyone else, and you realize that they are not that much different than your own."
- Jan Lashly, Student
"I don't know what her secret is (I'm not particularly 'good' with kids myself). But I was aware that I was in the presence of that rare person who brings out the best in others by respecting and challenging them. Kim is some kind of Pied Piper and I'm glad there is someone who is still willing to lead young people to thought, insight and deep feeling."
- Terrence McNally, Tony, Obie, Emmy and Drama Desk, Drama Critic Award Winning Playwright & Pulitzer Finalist, Guggenhiem Fellowship & Rockerfeller Grant Recipient
"Kim works with integrity, sensitivity, and intuition to bring out the best in her students, actors, and writers. I grew tremendously as a writer and performer in her classes. In fact, working with Kim helped me reconnect to my own creativity, which I had lost touch with while teaching and raising my children. I will be forever grateful to Kim. She is truly a gifted teacher, coach, and director."
- Stephanie Quinn Westphal, Freelance Editor
"…with passion and humor, she inspired even my most reluctant students to step forward and take risks in public speaking that I never would have expected. The students loved and trusted her, and watching her work with them was genuinely inspirational. Kim Maxwell is a consummate professional. As a teacher of performing arts, she's the best. The more students she reaches (of all ages), the better for Ojai, and beyond."
- Connie Ware, English Teacher, Matilija Junior High School
"First off, Kim Maxwell is an amazeballs teacher! She knows the perfect formula of humor and structure for teens to have an enriching experience. I always feel like I am my true self when I am in her class. Society’s crazy pressures seem to fade away and the laughter that surrounds her program is always contagious and electrifying."
- Emma Thompson, Student
"Her rapport with her students is strong, the exercises and teaching varied and novel, and the results extraordinary by any measure. Kim’s students bond as a group and become writers for the stage, with a new appreciation of the power of their own experience and imagination to touch others."
- Len Jenkin, Playwright & Professor of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
"As an educator, I have witnessed incredible growth in her students' ability to feel at ease and successful presenting themselves on stage. From the shyest who needs confidence boosting to the most extroverted who needs tempering and shaping, all meet with feelings of personal accomplishment and enjoyment when the curtain closes. She is both a gifted teacher and an exceptional role model. High praise but truly deserved."
- Olivia K. Slaughter, Ph.D