Artist Statement

As an artist and a producer, I’m interested in authentic work that examines, challenges, and reflects the worldviews of those working on the show and of the audience who comes to see it.

I’m constantly exploring the intersection between faith and art, learning what it means to be both Christian and artist — although not necessarily “Christian artist.” Faith-based theatre, theatre which examines life from a perspective of faith, rather than theatre which is driven by a specific doctrine, is a driving force in my work — one which I am exploring in in-depth in my Masters thesis.

I want to do work that investigates the role of faith outside of self and explores the boundaries of faith. What does it mean to have an individual belief in a world where religion and faith are not uniform? I love to do work that sparks dialogue about topics that are often avoided, mocked, or treated cynically by media and culture. I want to do work that has the potential to rub Christians and non-Christians alike in an uncomfortable way by causing them to examine their pre-conceived ideas. It excites and challenges me when I do or see work that asks the questions, rather than trying to provide all the answers.

As part of that, collaboration with many artists — not just those who share my views — is key. I want to champion work that makes me uncomfortable. I want to be a part of creating an art world where the voices of those I disagree with have a place — because my work is the kind of work that someone else will disagree with, and we help to make room for each other. I want to recognize quality wherever I see it, and I want to expand my theatrical and artistic vocabulary with work that is opposite mine in some way or another.

I believe that art is worship, and that we reflect a piece of God’s character when we create. As such, Christians who are artists should hold themselves to the highest standards of quality, and I want to help foster an environment where those standards are expected, nurtured, and facilitated.

Because of that, I am deeply committed to working with others in the arts to dispel the reputation that Christian theatre and art have received of being cheesy, ineffectual, unprovocative, and out of touch. The arts, both visual and performing, have a deep, rich history in the Christian tradition, and the ways in which they have been used in the past century are a poor reflection of their power and history in the church and in the faith-based community. It is one of my greatest professional and personal goals to champion quality work by artists who examine the world through a lens of faith.

The other driving force in my work is mentorship as a means of training. This concept is a cornerstone of the plans for my company, and I’m continually looking to develop those relationships in my own life, both with professionals in the field that I can work with and learn from, as well as with younger artists who can learn from my experiences.

We learn from each other — old and young, experienced and inexperienced — and building relationships is about more than networking. Theatre has always been a powerful means of impacting the world, but it’s about more than just being heard or getting up on a soapbox. Theatre is a place to examine humanity and relationship, both in the stories told onstage and in the intense microcosm of the creative process. I want to recognize and use each of those experiences to its fullest potential.

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