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Theatre & Film

Session 1

Friday 10:45 - 11:55 am

Drama: The Visual Language through the Eyes of Jesus Christ

The message has not and cannot change. However, there seems to be an awakening and openness in respect to changes in the method by which we communicate the message. As an evangelist/dramatist who travels extensively across the United States, I am witnessing an evolution in evangelistic efforts and our approach to winning souls. The prevailing question is asked, "How do we win this generation?" Jesus taught by painting a story with words. Not just stories, but stories or parables that were relative to his generation and specifically to whom he was speaking to at that given moment. In this workshop, we will analyze how Jesus ministered through the artform of dramatic storytelling and use it as a template on how to both create and deliver theatrical productions that can win the lost of the current generation.

Taught by: Howi Tiller

Session 1

Friday 10:45 - 11:55 am

How to Navigate Show Business as a Christian - A Discussion

Let’s talk about what it means to be an Artist and Christian in the world of theatre and film.  I've been working in the film and theatre industry for almost three decades. I have a great deal to share about my experiences. What are your experiences?   I welcome the opportunity to share and discuss how our shared experiences can help grow us both artists and Christians as well as to deepen our convictions as we continue on this path.

Taught by: Crystal Barnes

Session 2

Friday 1:00 - 2:10 pm

The Driving Force Behind Passion

Like any serious ministry, passion must be the driving force that calls you and drives you to the acting or drama ministry. Not just a passion for the method, but more importantly, a passion for souls.  But as the grind of rehearsal drags on, sometimes passion is lost among the cast, crew, and even ourselves. In this workshop, we will explore some of the determents to passion and things we can do as leaders to create an environment that is always focused on the true goal of our production:  which is to reach the lost.

Taught by: Howi Tiller

Session 2

Friday 1:00 - 2:10 pm

Acting for On-Camera and Stage

What is the difference between acting on stage and acting on camera?  Each participant will take a prepared monologue (NO LONGER THAN 1 MINUTE) and explore practical application techniques that translate for both stage and camera.

Taught by: Crystal Barnes

Session 3

Friday 2:25 - 3:35 pm

The “Why” Behind Playwriting

How do you tell a story about the drug culture you grew up on? What about if you feel inspired to write about Jesus’s childhood but don’t know where to start? In order to answer these questions or others of a similar nature, we first need to start with why do we want to write a play or sketch? Answering the “why” question can be akin to driving a car in the sense that you don't just get in your car and drive aimlessly. You have a destination first, then you make plans in your mind how you're going to get there. The same approach is needed when feeling the need to write. In this workshop, one will explore techniques to get our minds going and to understand the “why” behind the topic we want to explore.

Taught by: Howi Tiller

Session 3

Friday 2:25 - 3:35 pm

How to Prepare for the Audition (Stage & On-Camera)

We’ll begin with some recommended “do’s and don’ts,” and then move to positive suggestions encouraging a commitment to artistic boldness.  The class will be in two parts –

  1. Script (the process of working with the text).

  2. Physical World (How to create a physical world that brings the text to life).

Each participant will work with sides (cold read) to help create and explore the character.

Taught by: Crystal Barnes

Session 4

Saturday 9:00 - 10:10 am

Film Production 101

From the formation of an idea to proper lighting and camera movements to taking the product into the editing room, Jay will teach the foundational pieces in making a film from start to finish.  In this “hands on” workshop, come see the possibilities that can occur in film production with everything from professional cameras to a basic smartphone. 

Taught by: Jay Peters

Session 5

Saturday 10:25 - 11:35 am

Humor: The Shortest Distance to an Audience

Humor is one of the best ways to communicate to an audience. If I want to reach an audience in a short amount of time, I will use comedy as my vehicle. Humor helps to disarm tension and melt down the wall of question quickly. In this class, one will learn how to use humor as an effective tool in communicating the gospel in dramatic form.

Taught By: Howi Tiller

Session 6

Saturday 2:25 - 3:35 pm

Street Drama

When performing drama on the streets, everyone in the audience is a stranger to each other and everyone is on the same plateau. People stop because they want to and know that they can leave when they begin to feel uncomfortable, if they do at all. When you think about it, almost all of Jesus' ministry was done on the street or at least outside the temple. In this workshop, we will examine the things we need to look at to perform an effective street ministry.

Taught by: Howi Tiller

Session 6

Saturday 2:25 - 3:35 pm

Let Go and Let God: The Right Way to Guide a Film Production

Have you ever had a film that God put on your heart but are unsure how to produce it?  In this workshop, Jay Peters will talk about his journey in producing the documentary “Opening the Door”.   In this class, you will hear first hand that when one let’s go and puts God in the drivers seat, He can move mountains.

Taught by: Jay Peters

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