--Nina Berggren Monsen
|Portraying Ann Van Hine's husband in|
Five Bells for 9/11
|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.
|Working as acting coach with Gwendelynn Martindale as she directs |
Connor Schexnayder and Andrew Hurt in One Day.
|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.
|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.
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
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!
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
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