June 21, 2017
March 23, 2017
|Talking over a scene with Lindy Nelson.|
Photo by Heather Peterson.
Just finished an exhausting but incredibly memorable week in Bismarck, ND. I was privileged to spend several days on a film set with Christian actor, Rich Swingle! His passion in his work, and love for the Lord were a huge inspiration. The time I spent working with him deeply encouraged me; not only as an actress but also as a follower of Christ.
Lead in Living Word
I have been wanting to thank you again from my husband and I, both, for investing in our daughters, Lindy and Larissa, through the Living Word film project. They and many other young people have been inspired by you. I've heard story after story of ways you blessed those on the filming project and more at the [North Dakota Home School] Convention. Your love for Jesus shines so very brightly.....it simply is contagious. May God abundantly bless you and your dear wife for all that you do to reach out to young people and invest in them.
July 25, 2016
July 19, 2016
-- Stacey Bradshaw, Lead Actress in One Day
|Working as acting coach with Gwendelynn Martindale as she directs |
Connor Schexnayder and Andrew Hurt in One Day.
July 05, 2016
February 12, 2016
Read the whole review of Providence here: ‘Providence’ takes us silently into a sweet story
The Charlotte Observer
January 25, 2016
-- John Fornof
Writer and Director of The Dragon and the Raven
John has won two Emmy Awards for his writing
January 22, 2016
Rich and Irene–that would be just a straight out “WOW”! Both are truly professional and inspirational to work with. The three of us meshed perfectly for the scenes we were tackling . I couldn’t have asked for a better team to create this with. Am I forever grateful to just meet them, get the chance to perform with them, as well as all of the other wonderful talent in “Providence”? ASTONISHED!
Read the full interview here: In Their Own Words: Actress Juli Tapken of “Providence”
January 11, 2016
December 12, 2015
|With Juli Tapken.|
Honestly, enough cannot be said for all the actors present in this story, as again, there isn’t a single moment of speaking, and therefore it all has to come together through the actions each character takes. Each incarnation of life presented for Rachel and Mitchell is wonderfully dramatized, and the unfolding beauty of their first meeting as children to the moment of “yours forever” connection as adults is a wonder to watch through both the acting and the varying music that follows their journey lyrically and/or stylistically. ... Tapken and Swingle finish things as the adults in such a profoundly honest and frank way that the viewer cannot help but be entranced by all the events that lead them to the pivotal moments in their coming together.
December 01, 2015
--Point North Tidings
Providence: A Valentine Treat Coming February 12, 2016
It was amazing to get the opportunity to work with you on this film! I was not aware that this was actually your first time portraying the Lord, in a film! You were terrific! I am not going to lie, while we were recording the crucifixion scenes, I actually was getting choked up! When I watched through the camera, I just couldn't believe I was filming this!!
Thank you for allowing me this chance and thank you for taking the time to travel here and perform this part! I greatly appreciate your talent and passion for performing the role of Jesus!
Thank you again!
- Jeff McHale
Director of Photography for "The Messenger's Box"
October 11, 2015
-- Ralph Dixon
After the world premiere of The Messenger's Box
|Playing Jesus with Joseph Ouellette.|
A screenshot from the world premiere of The Messenger's Box
by Tricia Ouellette and used by permission of her and director Gary Bosek.
August 09, 2015
July 25, 2015
July 23, 2015
July 20, 2015
June 08, 2015
Director and actor, Through the Storm
Student of Rich at The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp
May 17, 2015
May 16, 2015
Wirth Center for Performing Arts
St. Cloud, MN
May 05, 2015
April 27, 2015
--Irene Santiago Baron (Actress/Producer)
Adrenaline, Secrets and Lies, One Tree Hill
March 18, 2015
- Ralph Franco
San Antonio, TX
After viewing Rich's one-man play, The Acts
December 26, 2014
actor: Best Friends Eternally, Best Friends Recycled, Romans XIII
December 16, 2014
Harpist, Writer and Dramatist
December 15, 2014
Pastor Bay Shore Church of the Nazarene
I felt like I was sitting in that first assembly hearing the report for the very first time. It was amazing and it brought history to life. We have a rich heritage. Thank you for helping us to appreciate it.
November 14, 2014
actor: Remember, Polycarp, Mayflower II
October 23, 2014
October 10, 2014
October 02, 2014
Actor: Remember, Mayflower II, Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods, My Grandpa DetectiveA
Thank you, Rich Swingle. Brilliant work!!!
Choreographer of the 2014 MasterWorks production of the Firebird
Choreographer, Celine Dion's dance troupe
former principle, Dance Theatre of Harlem
Cirque du Soleil
September 11, 2014
"It was MAGNIFICENT!"
"MasterWorks has blessed me beyond what I dreamed possible. This is a beautifully annointed place, and I'm so glad to have been able to attend. I have never wanted to come back to a camp before, but I do pray (if it fits in God's plan) that I can come back. I will certainly recommend it..."
"I was encouraged to be around so many Christian artists; especially those with careers further along than my own."
"I learned to trust God more."
"I learned how to read a script for its ministry value; to evaluate every character as a spiritual being, and to be mindful of preparing my spirit for the role."
"I learned a lot about trust and humility."
"I really enjoyed how everything, even our art, was focused on God."
"The quiet time is a habit I had needed to set in my life, and that helped immensely. The quiet time I've had with the Lord has/is/will always be precious."
"I learned to let go and not ever worry about whether you look silly on stage or not."
"I learned to infuse prayer any time it's necessary/whenever I feel led."
"I enjoyed how often we took the time to pray and worship. That helped keep me focused on what's important."
"I loved learning to focus on God in the context of performing."
"I learned the power of prayer and standing up for what you believe."
September 08, 2014
Immanuel Baptist Church
August 23, 2014
July 24, 2014
June 16, 2014
April 03, 2014
March 31, 2014
Jonah, JONAH!!! Wow. We laughed so hard! Our eldest was close to the stage when the whale "vomited" Jonah out. He could not believe how high you jumped from all fours! Slapping each other with the fish was GREAT! Everybody laughed and thought that was great. Thank you so much for putting character and skin to the Bible. We seriously hope to see you again.
November 17, 2013
--Tim Craig Campus Staff - NYC Arts Ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
after seeing A Clear Leading at City College
August 09, 2013
I very much enjoyed the monologue (La Gente que Jesús Conoció
August 05, 2013
July 29, 2013
July 20, 2013
July 10, 2013
May 22, 2013
May 04, 2013
Sincerely, a fellow Nazarene,
Nazarene Missions International President
Warwick Valley Church of the Nazarene
After seeing the 15th Anniversary performance of The Revelation
April 12, 2013
April 09, 2013
--Dr. David Wallace
New York Philharmonic Senior Teaching Artist
Fiddler of The Doc Wallace Trio
February 03, 2013
I also missed having a guest artist performance like we did last year. The gentleman who performed last year (the one who travels to Israel) was so fantastic and truly challenged the students to dedicate their gifts in service to Christ, for His glory. Seeing faith in action in the real world is vital for these students.
I loved the workshops...My students missed having Rich Swingle there.
--From two exit surveys at the Christians in Theatre Arts (www.CITA.org) Secondary School Theatre Festival where I preformed in '11 and '12
February 01, 2013
Thank you for using your gifts to help equip, encourage and build up this part of Christ's body. Blessings!
Rich!! You, sir, are the bombdiggity!!!
Rich, Thanks so much for doing all of this! I'll pray that God blesses you forever!
Rich, Thanks for sharing your gifts and your passion!
Thank you for all your help!
Rich, Thanks sooo much for coming and teaching us more skills that we can use in the future!
Thanks so much, Rich! This was so much fun!
Thanks for sharing your skills and heart!
Thank you so much for being with us!
Thanks, Rich! Keep in touch I am thankful for your ministry.
God bless your ministry Rich! You have blessed us! Thanks you!
I was privileged to be able to attend this program last year. I cannot say enough good about it. The teacher, Kaelen Carrier, is amazing! The program itself is amazing! And you WILL walk away from it a better actor, person, and with a closer relationship to our Lord and Saviour. If there is even the SMALLEST chance you MIGHT be interested, don't hesitate! AUDITION!
September 23, 2012
It was so good to meet you all at the Grace2London, Beyond the Chariots (http://RichDrama.com/BeyondTheChariots) event, thank you so much for your service and proclamation of the Gospel in Europe and especially in my nation!
-- Katherine Jones
After seeing performances in London during the 2012 Olympics
September 14, 2012
September 12, 2012
New York City
After seeing the MasterWorks Off-Broadway performance of The Jeweler's Shop, directed by Rich Swingle
August 04, 2012
June 03, 2012
May 24, 2012
May 11, 2012
May 10, 2012
Thank you for pouring yourself out - on the stage and off - to our Bethel community. Your chapel presentation was so well done...and well received by our students. I hope your time with our theatre students was equally connecting. --Shawn Holtgren, PhD Vice President for Student Development Bethel College Mishawaka, Indiana
February 06, 2012
Currently a high school senior
February 02, 2012
January 31, 2012
January 23, 2012
November 19, 2011
October 25, 2011
October 10, 2011
"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Swingle...it's hard to believe how you can sacrifice everything for God. :) I hope that I'll be able to do that when I grow up."
"Thank you for coming all the way to Taiwan to teach us."
"I...am very grateful that you would come to our school to talk to us."
"I enjoyed this week's talks."
"Thank you for bringing me closer to God."
"I think the acting helps lead people closer to God."
"We really learned a lot this week."
"I learned many new things I never knew."
"Now I am comforted to know that God will never leave me because of what Jesus did."
"I learned a lot about trust. I will always remember it."
"I learned to trust God even when it seems impossible."
"I learned that...we should always give thanks to God."
"I learned that God will make scary things exciting."
"I...learned that serving God can be fun and done in many ways."
"Thank you for teaching us about wisdom...and telling us that it is wonderful to trust and obey God."
"Combining acting and an interesting perspective on the Bible made this Spiritual Life Week a memorable one."
"Before you came, I didn't realize how important trust was... There (were) a lot of times that I was lost. Now I know that when we trust God He guides us through the valley of the shadow of death."
"I learned... that knowing God is the best thing you can ever have! It guides you through darkness and comforts you when you're heartbroken. I know that sometimes I may feel forsaken by God, but He's always with us."
"I have learned that nothing can really make you happy except for Jesus' love. I have my entire life to learn and serve Jesus."
"One thing I learned was that you can always trust the Lord."
"Two things I've learned: Trust in the Lord through darkness and rough times. Always believe that God will be there for you even if you don't see Him."
"It really made me think about my life and how I can change it to make it better."
"I learned that trusting God really can make a difference, and I shouldn't be afraid when God asks me to do something; just do it, and great things will happen!"
"Thank you for changing my life."
"It has been an awesome week. Thanks!"
"Our school feels encouraged!"
"We will miss you!"
"Please visit us again sometime."
Joyce and I had so much fun working together we'd love to do Spiritual Life Weeks all the time. If you know of a school that has a Spiritual Life Week, please send them to http://RichDrama.com.
September 06, 2011
September 05, 2011
Bravo!!! Bravo!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh
Director of the The MasterWorks Festival
Praise God for the awesome play! Many many congratulations!!!
Harp faculty from Taiwan at The MasterWorks Festival
Spectacular! Cyrano is one of my favorite plays ever. Congrats to all the cast and teachers!!!
MasterWorks Festival Apprentice from Montreal, Canada
August 23, 2011
I met Rich over this weekend at a Worship Arts Retreat through my church that was held in Wisconsin and I have to say Rich is one of the most genuinely nice guys I've ever met. He has passion for his work as an actor and he loves the Lord. It was a pleasure to see him doing His (God's) work and eating lunch with him was a pleasure; he is such a nice guy!
July 03, 2011
May 22, 2011
April 16, 2011
April 10, 2011
March 30, 2011
Choreographer, Dancer and Teacher
March 29, 2011
March 13, 2011
February 23, 2011
--Latricia T. Moore
Pastoral Ministry student (class of 2012)
January 11, 2011
Often you see performances and they look rehearsed or like the performers are bored or just going through the routine. I know you must have done these ones many times before but they came across like it was your first performance and just for us. Fantastic!
Thanks for sharing with us!
November 11, 2010
--Cheryl A. Baugh
English and Communication
October 27, 2010
October 13, 2010
October 08, 2010
October 02, 2010
Thank you again so much for today! I had many students come up to me afterward thanking me for bringing you to the class. I think for a lot of seniors, as they approach graduation, it can feel overwhelming trying to figure out the next steps. So to have heard from you, someone living and working successfully in NYC, proved to be incredibly valuable to them.
--Christopher Martin, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Theatre
Oral Roberts University