Friday, November 28, 2008

You've read the book, now see the film!

James, the Movie!  My wife, Joyce, has been leading a Bible study on the Book of James over the last few months.  We're closing with a review of the book, including James the Movie, which I performed when I was a student at George Fox College ( http://GeorgeFox.edu ).

It will all happen this coming Sunday, November 30, in our 9:30 a.m. Bible Study.    

Come prepared to participate (if you want to) in this entertaining and incisive look at The Book of James.  You'll be encouraged and edified.

For directions visit http://WestchesterChapel.org

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fasting coffee

An alumna of MasterWorks ( http://MasterWorksFestival.org ), who is
now working for Compassion ( http://RichDrama.com/Compassion ) just
featured on Compassion's blog: http://blog.compassion.com/fast-for-food/#comment-4105

She and her colleagues are fasting coffee for a month and donating the
money they would have spent to The Global Food Crisis fund: https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/global-food-crisis.htm?referer=51090

I donated, and now I'm joining them in their coffee fast...until
Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Olympic Hero in China


We finished our documentary Olympic Hero in China: The Eric Liddell Story in time for the Beijing Olympics. I had opportunities to share before and after screenings in Hong Kong and Macao during the Games.

While I was there I got to do the English narration. We screened it in the fall of 2008, November 14 in New York City and November 20 in White Plains, NY.

Altogether we were in Asia for five weeks surrounding the Olympics. You can see updates in the August and September archives on my blog. I also posted some things long after returning in the October archive.

Article on Views of the Manger

The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle just ran an article on my upcoming performances of Views of the Manger

Dinner theater spotlights Christmas theme
The only thing they got wrong was that they speak of The Lamb's Repertoire Theatre as if it's still happening.  She looked at an old bio.  The current one is at http://RichDrama.com/Bio.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Schools

These are schools or student organizations where I have taught, performed and/or directed:

Colleges and Universities

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, NJ
Graceworks workshop for the School of Architecture (annually since 2008)

COLLEGE FOR OFFICER TRAINING, CUBA
Workshop on Drama in Ministry

NAMSEOUL UNIVERSITY, KOREA
Performance
Workshop

ASIA-PACIFIC NAZARENE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, THE PHILIPPINES
Chapel
Lectures

SINGAPORE BIBLE COLLEGE, SINGAPORE
Workshop

SCHOOL FOR OFFICER TRAINING, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Enacted Prayer Workshop

INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF OFFICERS, LONDON
Enacted Prayer Workshop, performance of Beyond the Chariots

GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY, OR (Rated the number one Christian college in America by Forbes and US News and World Report)
Chapel--Big Fish Little Worm
Introduction to Acting -- Developing Characters
Introduction to Sociology -- Sociodrama
Systems of Social Work -- Sociodrama
Introduction to Social Work -- Sociodrama
Playwriting -- Writing for stage and screen
Oral Interpretation of Lit. -- Cartoon Voices
Technical Theatre -- Theories on Technical and DirectingTies

GEORGE FOX SEMINARY, OR
Using Drama in Ministry (workshop and later a one-credit course)

BIOLA UNIVERSITY
Beyond the Chariots
Journey to the Garden for their Easter Chapel

FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Spoke on a panel with Patricia Mauceri, Lauren Yarger and Retta Blaney

COOPER UNION, NYC
Performance for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, TN
Graceworks Workshop for the School of Music

PRATT INSTITUTE, NY
Annual Graceworks workshop

REGENT UNIVERSITY, VA
Workshop for students visiting NYC

ASBURY UNIVERSITY
Addressed students visiting NYC on two visits

CITY COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
A Clear Leading as a part of the Price of Life

FURMAN UNIVERSITY, SC
Performance

BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY, MS
Beyond the Chariots
Workshops

PATRICK HENRY COLLEGE, VA
Panel after a screening of The Screenwriters

ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY, OK
Video conference lecture

NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Public presentation workshop for staff and students
Public presentation workshop for student leadership retreat in the Poconos.

WILLIAM CAREY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CA
Performance, Beyond the Chariots

MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, MO
Workshops

SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY, MI
Performance, Big Fish Little Worm

FREED-HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY, TN
Video conference lecture

GRACE COLLEGE, IN
Performances in Rodeheaver Auditorium

BETHEL COLLEGE, IN
Big Fish Little Worm for Chapel
Acting workshop
Two enacted prayer workshops

EARLHAM COLLEGE, IN
Open Forum -- Reaching Others Through Art
Humanities -- Tragedy
Earlham Young Friends -- Performing Arts
Human Existence -- Theatre Ministry and Christian Faith
Counseling and Psychotherapy -- Sociodrama
Introduction to Theatre -- Theatre as Ministry
Quakerism -- John Woolman and 17th c. Quakerism

WILMINGTON COLLEGE, OH
Quaker Lecture for students and community -- John Woolman
Introduction to the Bible -- Jonah, Gideon, The Vine and theBranches
Introduction to Acting -- Christian Theatre Trends
Prison Campus Extensions – Sociodrama
(three visits)

CONCORDIA COLLEGE, MN
Drama workshops
Performance

WHITWORTH COLLEGE, WA
Chapel
Workshops

CRICHTON COLLEGE, TN
Performance
Workshop

MONTREAT COLLEGE, NC
Performance
Workshops

CLEARWATER CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, FL
Performances
Workshops

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY, SC
Chapel
Drama workshop

NORTH GREENVILLE COLLEGE, SC
Sociodrama and drama workshops
Performances

LIMESTONE COLLEGE, SC
Drama workshops
Performances

TABOR COLLEGE, KS
Drama workshops
Performance

STERLING COLLEGE, KS
Performance
Workshop

GENEVA COLLEGE, PA
Performance
Theatre workshop

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY, TN
Chapel
Performance
Workshop

FRIENDS UNIVERSITY, KS
Chapel
Drama workshops

FONTBONNE COLLEGE, MO
Performance
Drama workshop

NYACK COLLEGE, Nyack and Manhattan, NY, campuses
Sociodrama workshops

ALLIANCE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, NY
Chapel
Sociodrama workshop
(two visits)

GUILFORD COLLEGE, NC
Chapel
Workshops

TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, OK
Guest lecturer

Arts Programs and Conferences

IVY LEAGUE CONGRESS ON FAITH AND ACTION, Hosted by Harvard University, MA
Presented on the panel for Arts and Entertainment
Students from all eight Ivy League schools attended the congress

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN FILMMAKERS CAMP, CO
Teaching film acting and auditions
coaching and writing short films
(since 2014)

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, CUBA
Workshop on Drama in Ministry

EASTERN TERRITORIAL ARTS MINISTRIES CONSERVATORY, NY
Performances
Directing
Workshops
(since 2001)

MASTERWORKS FESTIVAL, IN
Theatre Program Director (ten years)
Theatre faculty or master class instructor (16 years)

CREATIVE ARTS SERVICE TEAM (CAST), A MINISTRY TEAM OF EASTERN TERRITORIAL ARTS MINISTRIES
Directing
Teaching
(three years)

CANADA/BERMUDA TERRITORIAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND GOSPEL ARTS, ONTARIO, CANADA
Performances
Directing
Workshops
(three years)

SOUTHERN TERRITORIAL MUSIC INSTITUTE, OK
Performance
Guest directing

ONTARIO DIVISIONAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND GOSPEL ARTS, ONTARIO, CANADA
Performances
Directing
Workshops

YOUTH QUAKE, SC AND WA
National Quaker Youth Retreat
Performances
Workshops, including one on Conflict Resolution

CAMP TACONIC JUNIOR HIGH CAMPS, NY
Performed numerous sketches
Taught drama workshops

NAZARENE YOUTH INTERNATIONAL MIDWINTER RETREAT, NY
Performances
Sociodrama for Conflict Resolution

High Schools

SEOUL FOREIGN SCHOOL, KOREA
Assembly
Performances and workshops

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, KOREA
Chapel performances
Sociodrama for faculty
Evening performance for the community

GYEONGGI SUWON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, KOREA
Acting workshops
Chapel presentations

GYEONGGI ACADEMY OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES, KOREA
Chapel performance with Q/A

TAEJON CHRISTIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, KOREA
Workshop
Assembly

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF UIJONGBU, KOREA
Workshop
Assembly Performance

MORRISON ACADEMY, TAICHUNG, TAIWAN
Spiritual Life Week with my bride, Joyce Swingle

MORRISON ACADEMY, TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Big Fish Little Worm for Assembly
Guest teacher for six classes

MORRISON ACADEMY, KAOSIUNG, TAIWAN
Big Fish Little Worm for Assembly

AMMAN BAPTIST SCHOOL, JORDAN
Led a team of teachers and performing artists to present two evenings of drama and three days of performing arts classes
Evening performances for the community

KING'S COLLEGE, NEW ZEALAND
Chapel

ST PHILIP'S CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, AUSTRALIA
Workshops on Shakespeare and Discernment in Media

CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, SHANGHAI
Acting workshop
Chapel presentations

YEW CHUNG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, SHANGHAI
Acting workshop
Chapel presentation

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, HONG KONG
Drama workshops
Chapel presentation
(three times)

FAITH ACADEMY, THE PHILIPPINES
Drama workshops
Chapels
(two times)

TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL, WHITBY, ONTARIO, CANADA
 Beyond the Chariots
Acting workshop

WESLEYAN SCHOOL, ATLANTA, GA
Beyond the Chariots
Warmups for a speech class
American movie class lecture
Sociodrama as guest director for Our Town

DAYSPRING SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Big Fish Little Worm with talkback

CLARKSVILLE ACADEMY, TN
Spoke to an acting class

SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL, PA
Theatre workshop

ANNONDALE HIGH SCHOOL, VA
Various workshops and performances
(multiple visits)

BRIAR WOODS HIGH SCHOOL, VA
Performances
Acting coaching
(multiple visits)

STONE BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, VA
Performances
Drama workshops
(multiple visits)

LOUDEN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, VA
English/Drama -- Cartooning
German I -- Sociodrama/Cartooning
German I & II -- Sociodrama
(multiple visits)

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION DARDENNE, MO
Big Fish Little Worm

Elementary Schools

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, KOREA
Chapel performances

SINGAPORE YOUTH DAY
Performed Beyond the Chariots at Joyden Theatre for children from around Singapore

NORWEGIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, HONG KONG
Performance

FRIENDS CHILDREN’S SCHOOL, IN
K-2nd Grade -- Miming and Cartooning

EVANGEL SCHOOL, NY
Third Grade -- Sociodrama
Sixth Grade – Sociodrama

ST. ANN’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL, VA
Performance

MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PA
Guest director

ABUNDANT WATERS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM, NY
1st-8th -- Sociodrama and acting workshops

SAY Yes AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, The Lamb’s Church
K-6 -- Sociodrama and reading series

PUBLIC SCHOOL #76, QUEENS, NY
Grades 3-5 -- Operation Return: Big Fish Little Worm andSociodrama

For quotes by people who have studied under Rich, visit RichDrama.com/Workshops and RichDrama.com/TheySaid.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

MWF Theatre: Past, Present and Future

Last night at the world premiere of my voice over for our documentary, Olympic Hero in China: The Eric Liddell Story, we had four people from MasterWorks ( http://MasterWorksFestival.org ). Patricia Mauceri, of One Life to Live, and I are part of the current theatre faculty. Keri Taylor is an alumna of the theatre program. She's now living in New York and helped found the Haberdasher Theatre company ( http://www.HaberdasherTheatre.com ). And this summer Mac Nelson will be a master class instructor. His book Memoirs of a Hollywood Adventure is set for publishing just before the Festival begins.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A nice walk home

I took this shot as I returned from My Vaudeville Man!, a delightful two-person musical in production at St. Peter's Theatre. And I was humming its tunes all the way home.

It was a great mix of song and dance, humor and heartbreak.

It's based on Jack Donahue's "Letters of a Hoofer to his Ma," and it shows the relationship of Donahue with his "mudder" before he became a star. The confessions of "Mud" to Father Dennis contained various careers she'd told people that her son was pursuing...since they were only in her imagination.

One of the things I liked most about it was the laudable job they did of portraying sin in such a way that it isn't the least bit attractive.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Kingdom Coming

One of our MasterWorks Festival theatre students is now working with Compassion in Australia.  She sent me a link to a free download by Shaun Groves. It's a great song, and quite inspiring. Shaun is a Compassion artist, and I've heard artists like him share music like this at a number of Compassion artist retreats. This brought me right back there.

Sanborns' double feature

The latest newsletter by Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA.org) has a link to an article on my friend Retta Blaney's blog: A Walking Miracle.

It tells the miraculous story of how Art Sanborn was healed (and continues to discover new levels of healing) from a paralysis at the level of Christopher Reeves. He's now jogging I think four miles every day!

I performed in Judah Ben Hur, which the Sanborns produced in Singapore. I was told that Art was paralyzed to the same degree as Christopher Reeve but that I wouldn't notice. I was blown away to meet him and discover that they were right!

I experienced another miraculous story in my friend Mac Nelson, whose story is written up in Waiting for My Fingers. Mac, who has performed with Liz Taylor, Jerry Lewis and the like, was losing use of his arms through a disease called stenosis. His doctors were shocked to find his recovery well beyond what they expected.