August 30, 2017

Celebrity Confessions

"Sheepish," the short piece on Gideon was incorporated into Rich's performance in Celebrity Confessions:

We had a marvelous time and were greatly inspired through each and every story and heart on that stage. Great to see you in all of your Gideon action. Absolutely delightful, imaginative and was a great palette for painting with your gifts. Bravo. Joe and I are still talking about it all - a good sign. I was particularly taken with the fact that God is really still doing miraculous work in lives in such unexpected and HUGE ways. Talk about dramatic conversions! I’m so glad we got to be there and experience your work and God’s work as well. Many thanks and many congratulations!

Laura Bergquist
www.LauraBergquist.com

July 28, 2017

Recommendation from the District Superintendent

I was recommended by Art Alexander, the District Superintendent of the Metro New York District of the Church of the Nazarene. Click the thumbnail to read the recommendation.

July 27, 2017

Celebrity Confessions


Amy Harrell said about Celebrity Confessions...
Great Show! So proud of everyone! Rich Swingle, Patricia Mauceri, Donna East and the rest of the professional and talented cast!

July 19, 2017

This play spreads his glory

Portraying Ann Van Hine's husband in
Five Bells for 9/11
Rich's play is wonderful, and as the years pass it becomes more important, because now we have a generation that wasn’t born… I was actually born just ten years after World War II, and as a kid learning about World War II, even though my Mom had grown up in World War II, I thought it was as far back as the Revolutionary War. Like it was so long ago, why are these people still talking about it. And I think that’s our challenge. The Bible tells us to tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord and Savior. This play spreads his glory.* And we need to tell them the God stuff and the history stuff as well. We need to make sure they know.
--Ann Van Hine (widow of Bruce Van Hine, whose story is featured in the play)
*That line quoted in the Times Herald-Register.
Ann said the rest during her talk following Rich's performance commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

July 05, 2017

Observation after Lamplighter Live

Rich Swingle - A man of great faith. His story of God's goodness shows me how much we can trust our Father - when He calls, He will make the way for us to follow. Rich is a walking testimony to God's faithfulness! 
--Heidi Olson 
Voice Over Artist


www.RichDrama.com/LamplighterTheatre

June 21, 2017

12 Reasons Why You Need to Cast Rich Swingle In Your Next Christian Film!

Stephen Kendrick said something at this year's Christian Worldview Film Festival that resonated with me. He said you want lead actors that love Jesus and represent him on and off the camera. Thanks Stephen. That advice was hugely important for me in casting Rich as the lead in A Matter of Perspective Movie. Here are 12 reasons I think you should cast Rich in your film. Any one of them alone would have been well worth it:
1) He is sold out to God and is an ambassador for Christ wherever he goes. He encouraged me greatly in my relationship with God to walk closer, shine brighter, love deeper, witness often, give thanks in all circumstances and praise God for the victories.
2) He is a consummate professional that studied his lines and researched his character thoroughly.
3) He provides expert acting coaching making it fun and encouraging.
4) He brings other terrific acting talent with him. He even brought his lovely wife Joyce who became our prayer warrior on set.
5) He is a superb actor that requires little to no guidance during each take.
6) He is a smart marketer of his brand and adds tremendous value to the film conducting radio and TV interviews as well as film festival, web and social networking buzz.
7) He bathes everything he does in prayer from the first day of the project to the last.
8) He is extremely humble and kind, not even losing his cool after a 15 hour day when I did.
9) He fully expects every day to include divine appointments and it was impressive to me watching God provide them.
10) Through his "Big Kingdom, Small World" attitude he knows people everywhere and provided many needed resources through his friends.
11) He loves to laugh and brings fun and levity to some extremely long tiring shooting days. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.
12) He has the gift of languages. We counted he spoke 7 languages in one day at Crater lake alone.
As you can tell, I am pretty impressed with this man and grateful to God for his assistance, talent and heart during our shoot. It was a tremendous encouragement to me and my family and he left a lasting impact on our lives.
Thank you Rich Swingle! You are a great blessing!
Mike Hill and the whole A Matter of Perspective team.

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.
--Lindy Nelson
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.
--Luann Nelson

July 25, 2016

July 19, 2016

It was delightful to work with the cast and crew of One Day a few weeks ago in Illinois! There were powerful and moving performances by Andrew Hurt, Rich Swingle, Kari Fabian, Tim Kaiser, and our other actors. We all really benefited from Rich Swingle's work as our acting coach.
 -- Stacey Bradshaw, Lead Actress in One Day
(www.RichDrama.com/StaceyBradshaw, www.StaceyBradshaw.WordPress.com)

Working as acting coach with Gwendelynn Martindale as she directs
Connor Schexnayder and Andrew Hurt in One Day.

July 05, 2016

Influence over a decade

I've had the great privilege of witnessing your ministry at a Salvation Army music camp in Canada about 10 years ago. I recall your performance on Revelation as John. That awesome ministry and performance has been a great influence. Thank you.
--Peter Park

February 12, 2016

"natural performances" in Providence

Both the teenaged actors (Josh Allen and Stacey Bradshaw) and the 40-ish adults (Juli Tapken and Rich Swingle) deliver low-key, natural performances. People unused to communicating emotions without words might be tempted to overact, but they don’t.
--Lawrence Toppman
Read the whole review of Providence here: ‘Providence’ takes us silently into a sweet story
The Charlotte Observer

January 25, 2016

It's a joy to watch you work!

Congratulations Rich, on 20 years as a full-time professional actor! Your passion for God and for your craft shine true and strong. I loved the enthusiasm, professionalism and care you brought to each role you played in The Dragon and the Raven, including playing Theodore the Abbot with Brian Deacon. It's a joy to watch you work! Thank you for your very kind comments---they hold a lot of weight coming from someone of your caliber. And yes, let's do some more work together!
-- John Fornof
Writer and Director of The Dragon and the Raven
John has won two Emmy Awards for his writing

January 22, 2016

ASTONISHED!

One Film Fan: How was it working with fellow actors Irene Santiago, Stacey Bradshaw, Rich Swingle, and Josh Allen?

Juli Tapken: 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

Treasure Seekers - Super!

Loved what you do with Treasure Seekers, the accents, the ideas - superb!
--Cindy Palin
Songwriter and musician
www.NewCindyPalin.com

See her music video for Providence, a film in which I play one of the leads at www.RichDrama.com/DanceOfLife.

December 12, 2015

Profoundly honest and frank

With Juli Tapken.
Here's a very encouraging review of Providence by One Film Fan: Indie Film Review “Providence” Here are some excerpts:
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

The acting is so vivid

One thing that distinguishes this feature film is that it is silent with only well placed music. However, the acting is so vivid you will feel that you are hearing every word. ... The adult Mitchell played by Rich Swingle has found his calling. He is a pastor. ... The scenes of Mitchell carrying out his pastoral duties are perfectly done and a must for any who feel called to take that role. ... Very striking is Mitchell in prayer and you know he is praying about and for Rachel.
--Point North Tidings
Providence: A Valentine Treat Coming February 12, 2016

Portraying Jesus in The Messenger's Box

Rich,
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

Reaction from The Messenger's Box

I WAS IMPRESSED ! ! ! You were shown right at the start on the spiral stone steps giving the box to Simon. You looked just perfect; terrific face shot with those special features and eyes that you have. I remember also the excellently appropriate voice you have---just perfect for the part. I wish now that I would have watched the filming of the crucifixion that day after talking with you while the "bloody" makeup was being done. I thought the script, acting, editing, and musical score were very well done. The entire creation was very well done and far exceeded my expectations.
-- Ralph Dixon
Macomb, MI
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

Super nice

Hallo. Must say The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah: Super nice. Just watched it. Wow. I'm a pastor and work with youth and teens, and the way the youth were used in the movie was phenomenal and such a blessing. Thanks.
--Nico Bezuidenhout
Secunda, South Africa

July 23, 2015

Rewind!

I bought and watched [Confessions of a Prodigal Son] - then I saw the credits and had to "rewind!" Good movie and Great job as a homeless man.
--Alicia Grab
Props Decor & Documentation
Sight and Sound Theatres

June 08, 2015

Alive and Vibrant

If I had to pick two words to sum up Rich, they would be that he is so alive and so vibrant! I cannot even begin to describe my admiration for his work and his wholehearted devotion to Jesus. I can't wait to work with him again in the future, Lord willing!
Rebekah Stought
Director and actor, Through the Storm
Student of Rich at The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp

May 17, 2015

Vivid Life

I’ve never seen The Book of Revelation brought to such vivid life.

—Sam Perna
Production Team for Christmas Grace

May 16, 2015

Five Bells for 9/11

Wow. I remember being at MasterWorks a year or so after 9/11 and seeing this drama. There wasn't a dry eye in the room - the all guys row behind me was sniffling all throughout. I wish I could see it again, but it made a deep impression on me, and brought healing to our group. Thank you for sharing your gifts.
--Lauri Koenig
violin instructor
Wirth Center for Performing Arts
St. Cloud, MN

May 05, 2015

CHARGE!!!!!!!!

Sia and I just watched your "Sheepish" piece on Gideon and we were mesmerized by your performance. YOU are one talented dude! So tonight,  we will have our "Midionite" snack.......CHARGE!!!!!!!! BRAVO to your performance.
Peace,
Stephen and Sia Tofanos
White Plains, NY

April 27, 2015

FULL OF ENERGY!

Tonight I saw the best one man show! Rich Swingle was so delightful, talented and FULL OF ENERGY! I saw it with Fred and Sharon Wilharm (producers of Providence and The Good Book). Rich's shows are constantly being booked all around the world. We had a blast. Impressive talent & super nice guy. I'm so pleased I had the opportunity to work with him on Providence. God bless.
--Irene Santiago Baron (Actress/Producer)
Adrenaline, Secrets and Lies, One Tree Hill

March 18, 2015

Gripping portrayal of everyone in Acts

"Thank you for your gripping portrayal of everyone in Acts at Living Water yesterday. We appreciate you taking out time for us. It was awesome! Even my kids liked it. 
- Ralph Franco 
San Antonio, TX 
After viewing Rich's one-man play, The Acts

December 26, 2014

What a delightful surprise

Rich Swingle... I just now realized that I saw you on TV the other night...and did not even realize it was you. Although I am not that familiar with who you are...I have seen you in the trailer for The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah. Just now...I was watching your reel... (after reading your eCard) and was so surprised when a scene from A Christmas Snow popped up. My mouth dropped open as I remembered watching that movie just the other night...Christmas Eve I believe it was...and at the time I watched it...I did not realize that Claud was played by the same actor (you) that I had seen in that trailer for The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah. What a delightful surprise. I think you are a very talented actor sir.
—Royce Henry
actor: Best Friends Eternally, Best Friends Recycled, Romans XIII

December 16, 2014

Helped me grow in grace and truth

Thank you for your teaching and encouragement which helped me grow in grace and truth! You are by far one of my favorite, most influential, most memorable, and most enjoyable teachers. Not only your insights on acting which were many but your insights on to the nature and character of God which came just as fast and free. 
--Anna Hagen
Harpist, Writer and Dramatist
www.AnnaHagenHarpist.com

December 15, 2014

Superb and unforgettable

For our centennial celebration on the Metro NY District, Rich Swingle did a superb and unforgettable portrayal of C.B. Jernigan (who founded the district). I had to remind myself a few times that it was you and not C.B. himself! 

--Larry Mancini
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. 
In Christ,
Karen Guevara

Kudos from Corey ten Boom actor

Rich, Swingle, you are an actors' actor! I'm blown away by your talent and the characters you create.
--Mimi Sagadin
Corey ten Boom in Return to the Hiding Place

November 14, 2014

Loads of ability

Your short bit in Christmas Grace was memorable. You generally seem to be a pretty natural actor. You're good at locking in and responding and not anticipating or giving away subtle "tells." You make your takes look as though they are happening for the first time, which is great. I felt like you found a character. Generally when it comes to actors working in Christian films who I consider solid actors you are very high on my personal short list. I think you have loads of ability more than some big names out there. I'm dying to work together again soon! 
 --Justin Lewis
actor: Remember, Polycarp, Mayflower II

October 23, 2014

FAR exceeded any expectations

Rich, I don't know if I ever officially thanked you for all that you've done! Being able to go to MasterWorks was a dream come true, and it happened only through God's Providence! And MW FAR exceeded any expectations I had! I was floored when I saw all the talent that I was getting a chance to work with. I don't think I've ever felt the presence of the Holy Spirit so poignantly before, and I know that I've never experienced Him so personally before! My life is changed! Not to mention the AMAZING friends I made there, and more than just friends--lifelong brothers and sisters! And I've never felt so completely satisfied and happy with a theatrical production before! MW was a mind-blowing, amazing experience. Praise God! And thank you for allowing HIm to use you! You have no idea what kind of an impact you made on all of us!!! God bless. :)
--Bernie Bernhardt

October 02, 2014

A Happy Thing


"I don't play those kind of games! There's the door!" Gold. If you hit that peak performance even a few times in your career it's a happy thing. You were radiating the part so perfectly you caused an honest performance in your scene partner, too. I could watch that short moment multiple times and enjoy it.
--Justin Lewis
Actor: RememberMayflower IIPolycarp: Destroyer of GodsMy Grandpa Detective

Firebird

Your performance of Koschei in Firebird set the mood for the entire ballet with exquisite brilliance. It was
breathtaking.
--Bonnie Ringleb
Director, Dance Program
MasterWorks Festival

Thank you, Rich Swingle. Brilliant work!!!
--Charmaine Hunter
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

MasterWorks Theatre

Here are some of the things that were said anonymously by our MasterWorks theatre students on their exit questionnaires:

"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

In your element

You did a GREAT job in Beyond the Mask!!! Just watched it and - wow! Kids will love this film! Kudos to you in your role! You were absolutely in your element.
--Torry Martin
Actor, Comedian, Writer, Teacher

May this fruit remain!

I am so thankful that you came to call us to remember the Journey to the Garden ... and all that our Lord accomplished for us in His great love. It was a wonderful evening. The chairman of the Elders left me a message last night that he had never been in a service that had impacted him so powerfully. He thought it was the best communion service (and Good Friday service) that he had ever attended and thanked me deeply for having you come. That sort of response has already been coming in this morning as well. So thanks for allowing God to use you. May this fruit remain! 
--Sparky Pritchard
Senior Pastor
Immanuel Baptist Church
Richmond, VA

August 23, 2014

from a Canadian newspaper

Swingle's one-man, high-energy, hour-long play...Beyond the Chariots...won him many hearts.
--David Nadeau, The Capital, Three Hills, Alberta

July 24, 2014

About our MasterWits

It was a true blessing to be with the kids! They encouraged and edified me and gave me real hope for the future! I truly believe it IS in their hands!  And from that group, I am so hopeful that the LORD's name will be high and lifted up, and that there will be revival in the land! 2 Chron. 7:14

Hallelujah!
Let the Believers say AMEN and AMEN!
Bobbie Merritt
Talent Manager
NYC region

June 16, 2014

Totally convincing

Totally convincing as the "land speculator swindler" using just a twinkle in his eyes and a crooked smile, such is the mastery of actor Rich Swingle, in Alone Yet Not Alone.
--George Escobar
co-director of Alone Yet Not Alone

April 03, 2014

My brain exploded!

God bless you Rich! I mean those words more ever before since the Christians in Theatre Arts Conference (www.CITA.org) in Puerto Rico last Summer. My brain exploded seeing you perform "La Gente Que Jesús Conoció." I have been keeping up w your postings and was SOOO BLESSED with the preachings done by you and your wife this last Christmas (on Elizabeth and Zachariah). I am inspired by the work you're doing and I truly pray blessings over you and your ministry and your family!
--Hezir Aguero
Rochester, NY

March 31, 2014

Why did my eyes drip water?

We all watched Indescribable and are so blessed! Our four-year-old said he didn't know why, but it made his eyes drip water. We told him that was because you both did such a good job telling the story. Our 15-year-old went right to the hymnal afterwards and started playing "The Love of God" on the piano. Thank you so much! 

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.  

Blessings,
--Zack and Dawn and children
San Antonio, TX
(Jonah, from Big Fish Little Worm, was performed at the Christian Worldview Film Festival)

November 17, 2013

Most moving artistic display against slavery

Wow. Wow. Most moving artistic display against slavery I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing this. Blessings.
--Tim Craig Campus Staff - NYC Arts Ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
after seeing A Clear Leading at City College

August 09, 2013

Gran talento

Me goce mucho en el monologo que hiciste en La Catedral de la Ciudad. Que gran talento DIOS TE HA DADO. 
I very much enjoyed the monologue (La Gente que Jesús Conoció) that you performed in La Catedral de la Ciudad. What a great talent God has given you
--Miriam Rivera
Puerto Rico

August 05, 2013

Espectacular

Espectacular presentación!!
--Ysiane Marie Alfaro
Puerto Rico
after seeing <<La Gente que Jesús Conoció>> (www.RichDrama.com/ShortPieces)

July 29, 2013

Deeper

I thought acting was about the thrill of the applause, but through MasterWorks (www.RichDrama.com/MWF) I discovered that it can be much deeper than that.
--Robyn Haley
Burrows, Indiana

July 20, 2013

More talent than Hollywood

I saw more talent in the last 45 minutes than I have in the last month in Hollywood.
--Muse Watson
After coaching MasterWorks students

Best weeks of my life

I must say MasterWorks was so amazing and life changing I gained awesome new friends, grew in my acting, learned a ton, got to perform Off-Broadway in the city I've always wanted to go to, and most importantly I grew closer to God in ways I never imagined. Definitely the best four weeks of my life so far.
--Christina Doerr
Lafayette, IN

July 10, 2013

You don't have to choose

"When I was going to come to MasterWorks, I was expecting either very strong Christians, or fabulous actors. I never expected to receive both!"
--Cody Arn
Bryan, TX

May 22, 2013

Keep us posted

Rich, your performance of The Revelation was amazing. We loved it, and we'll be sure to see other things you're in. Please keep us posted!--Rosemary Blake-Pecoraro
Lodi, NJ

You can find out what's coming next at RichDrama.com/Updates.

May 04, 2013

Born on the same year

Thank you so much for your amazing ministry! My 15 year old daughter and I saw last weekend's performance (of The Revelation), and she verbalized to me exactly what I was thinking: "EVERYONE needs to see 'Revelation'." Do you have any future plans of performing it again in the tri-state area? We would like to invite many folks to see it with us. Thank you again & may God continue to bless you & your ministry!
Sincerely, a fellow Nazarene, 
Linda Krupp
Nazarene Missions International President
Warwick Valley Church of the Nazarene

After seeing the 15th Anniversary performance of The Revelation

April 12, 2013

A Powerful Team


"Rich & Joyce are a powerful team. If you ever have the opportunity to see them perform together – don't miss it! Joyce conveys a lovely screen presence. She steps right into character with a strong performance."
Daniel Knudsen  
Associate Producer of Indescribable

April 09, 2013

The Revelation Off-Broadway

I remember seeing Rich perform this back in the day at The Lamb's Theater. "The Revelation" is a stunning, contemporary, and vivid work that exceeds every expectation. It's as though John himself is personally sharing his vision with you and every mystery is revealed.
--Dr. David Wallace
Internationally-touring musician
Grammy-nominated performer
Award-winning composer
Juilliard professor
New York Philharmonic Senior Teaching Artist
Fiddler of The Doc Wallace Trio

February 03, 2013

Missed

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

Scriptwriting through sociodrama

I got to help the drama team at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church develop a script through sociodrama. I was delighted by their feedback:

I want to express my thanks to you for investing the weekend with our drama team. They were thrilled. My wife is prayer partnered with Cheryl Wise. They talked about it and, as you’d expect, Cheryl was thrilled with the entire experience and all that she and the kids were able to learn through the workshop and on Sunday.

And I could not have been more impressed with what all of you created from Romans 4. What a powerful way to share the text and the belief of Abraham.

I’m walking in his footsteps of faith.

Thank you for using your gifts so well to make a difference in our church family.
We have been blessed by you!

Pressing On,
—Bruce Barlow
Lead Pastor
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church


Thank you for using your gifts to help equip, encourage and build up this part of Christ's body. Blessings!
—Cheryl Wise

Rich!! You, sir, are the bombdiggity!!!
—Josh

Rich, Thanks so much for doing all of this! I'll pray that God blesses you forever!
—Cindi

Rich, Thanks for sharing your gifts and your passion!
Blessings,
—Dan

Thank you for all your help!
—Megan

Rich, Thanks sooo much for coming and teaching us more skills that we can use in the future!
—Shelby

Thanks so much, Rich! This was so much fun!
—Annie

Thanks for sharing your skills and heart!
—KC

Thank you so much for being with us!
—Andrew

Thanks, Rich! Keep in touch I am thankful for your ministry.
—Jason

God bless your ministry Rich! You have blessed us! Thanks you!
—Lee

AUDITION!

An alumna of MasterWorks Festival's Long-Form Improv,Tiffany Rott, said: 
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

...especially in my nation

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
Kent, UK
After seeing performances in London during the 2012 Olympics

September 14, 2012

A jewel

It was a jewel.
--Jan Fields
White Plains, NY
After seeing one of our MasterWorks performances of The Jeweler's Shop

September 12, 2012

I wish I wouldn't have come alone

The MasterWorks students were so talented! I wish I wouldn't have come alone. Next year I'll invite lots of people!
--Rachel Prozeller
New York City
After seeing the MasterWorks Off-Broadway performance of The Jeweler's Shop, directed by Rich Swingle

August 04, 2012

You're better than Jim Carrey

You can play him, but he could never play you.
--Yume Szekely Annamaria
Udvarhely
Romania

June 03, 2012

Sensitivity

Thank you for such a great performance. I lost my friend who was a firefighter. Your performance and sensitivity meant the world to me that night. 
--Sara Kronemann
NYC
(After Five Bells for 9/11 performed in NYC on 9/11/11)

May 24, 2012

I truly forgot where I was

"There were times when I truly forgot where I was and I would no longer be just an audience member but instead was in the scene experiencing everything that was happening in the scene."
--Lizl Kruger (after watching Beyond the Chariots)
Student
Wesleyan School
Norcross, GA

May 11, 2012

Response to Beyond the Chariots

"Better than ANIME!"

--Rachel Leung

Student, Trafalgar Castle School

Whitby, Ontario

Canada

May 10, 2012

Poured out

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

God touched my heart

Last year I had the privilege of competing at the CITA competition in South Carolina.  I came with my school without any big expectations for the year apart from having fun and growing as an actor.  At CITA, I found both of these things and so much more.  
I made it to finals that year in my long monologue, which was a pleasant surprise --one I hadn't expected.  However, the biggest blessing of the weekend was not the wonderful workshops, the adrenaline rush, the new friendships, or even making it to finals.  The biggest blessing started with sitting in my seat at the final rounds, watching Mr. Rich perform before I went on stage.  He performed a monologue as Paul and presented the beautiful story of transformation within a man's heart.  While watching Mr. Rich, this joy took off in my heart that words can hardly put meaning to.  I saw an incredible actor, but more than that, I saw a follower of Jesus Christ loving and glorifying God through his passion for the arts.  How he can use one passion to glorify His greatest passion is a work of art within itself, it is a gift.  
Perhaps, it was his love for God that was so real.  Maybe it was the understanding of God's power Mr. Rich had prior to his monologue that brought such depth to the stage.  I can tell you one thing for certain, God was in the room.  I felt his delight over me and for Mr. Rich.  After watching him, all I wanted to do was get on stage and perform for God like him, and I was able to.  I was not performing a timeless story from the Bible or anything that really had to do with God at all, but it was for him.  It's never been that real for me.  God and I were the only two in the room after that.  It was father and daughter simply delighting in each other.  When I got off stage, I didn't care about the outcome.  I had been given a new perspective.  I didn't win that year, but it really didn't matter.  I spent the two hour drive home in the back of my car looking at the stars and reflecting back on God's beauty.  
I can't tell you what happened that night, except that God touched my heart during Mr. Rich's performance.  God really used him that night and I know God is continuing to.  
Just as the uncreated God reached down to touch Paul's heart, God also reached down that night to touch mine.  I thank God that there are people like Mr. Rich Swingle, who can praise the Lord with the gifts He's given them.  In doing this, we truly can be a reflection of our Creator, and I know it brings Him glory and gives him delight.
-Sara Bachtel
Currently a high school senior
Lawrenceville, GA

February 02, 2012

I could not breathe

When you came to Norwalk and performed The Revelation, you moved one child so much that now he loves church and the Bible. His mother was so grateful to me that she hugged me so hard I could not breathe.
--Liz McDermott
Norwalk, CT

January 31, 2012

Commitment to God

Rich! It was so great to meet you this past weekend at the CITA Festival in SC! My students all loved you! Your commitment to God is so evident in your performances and your interactions with the students! Cornerstone Christian School loves you!
--Michele Morgan
Elkton, Virginia

January 23, 2012

A memorable experience

Rich Swingle was my drama teacher one year at National music camp. He is a man of passion and a man of perservence. He loves what he does and he loves his life. I am not much of an actor at all, but he believed in me, in my abilities, and was an encouraging voice. When we went deeper in rehearsals into some soul searching he was incredibly vulnerable and encouraging. I value the time that we had together for that one week and desire the best things for his life.
Vancouver, BC
posted seven years after Rich worked with her at The Territorial School for Music and Gospel Arts

November 19, 2011

Lasting impact

I was a young teenager when I heard you speak for the first time. I am now 25. Rich thank you for your testimony! You have impacted my life... Thank You!
Hannah Greene
--Former student at a junior high camp where Rich performed
Wooster, OH

October 25, 2011

Firmly planted

I thank God for the amazing talents, gifts, joy and motivations He has so firmly planted in you! I am also especially thankful to Him for your beautiful heart...it just doesn't seem to run out of room...PTL!
--Ava-Gaye Parkes
White Plains, NY

October 10, 2011

Responses from Taiwan

Joyce and I led the Spiritual Life Week at Morrison Academy in Taiwan. Here are a few samples of notes the seventh graders gave us:

"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

Bringing a Message of Hope


I think it's incredible you're able to dedicate your life to bringing a message of hope to others through the performing arts.
lead in Pawn's Move
screenwriter for The Last Gift

Kudos for Cyrano de Bergerac

Rich directed Cyrano de Bergerac at the MasterWorks Festival. Here are some accolades that came in:

Bravo!!! Bravo!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh
Director of the The MasterWorks Festival

Praise God for the awesome play! Many many congratulations!!!
Heaven Fan
Harp faculty from Taiwan at The MasterWorks Festival

Spectacular! Cyrano is one of my favorite plays ever. Congrats to all the cast and teachers!!!
Caroline Chehade
MasterWorks Festival Apprentice from Montreal, Canada

August 23, 2011

From IMDb

I found this comment on my IMDb page:
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!
--bkb1965

July 03, 2011

Never the same

I will never read those portions of scripture the same way.
--Alana Pritchard Carithers
Violinist for Richmond Symphony
and Oberon Quartet in Residence at St. Catherines School

After seeing Paradise Lost at the MasterWorks Festival

May 22, 2011

The details popped

I've become increasingly appreciative of the socio-drama that my teacher Rich led us to do, including the enacted prayers. The Lord literally popped detail upon detail into my mind to incorporate into the improvised scenarios, while I worked my way to achieve the objectives the director set for me. I felt His presence the whole time, a peace that transcends all understanding. I was very much in character, felt like crying because they were sad scenes...
--Irene Kao
MasterWorks Festival alumna discussing her successful audition for a film

April 16, 2011

Not alone

I never felt like you were up there alone. You had a whole cast up there with you.
--Eileen Heinack (two time cancer survivor)
Greensburg, PA

And God was with him helping him do it!
--Betty Catalina
Greensburg, PA

April 10, 2011

EVER

Don't ever, Ever, EVER miss the opportunity to see Rich Swingle's 'Beyond the Chariots', a 1-man play about Eric Liddell. He plays characters of various ages & accents phenomenally well, and the message is RIGHT THERE. And he runs nearly 1/2 mile!
--Debi Ethredge
after seeing a performance at Belhaven University, Jackson, MS

March 30, 2011

A dancer stretched

I've witnessed your work in sociodrama a few times over the years and each time I am stretched.  Thank you for your sensitivity and agility to float so easily among various communities, all children of the Lord.  You also have a gift at facilitating.  You're wise to know when to sit back and when to interject.  You also have a great toolbox of techniques to help folks dig deeper.  Great work.  
--Marlene Dickinson
Choreographer, Dancer and Teacher
Atlanta, GA

March 29, 2011

delightfully engaging

I had the great pleasure of attending the Applied Theatre Conference in March 2011. I pre-registered for Rich Swingle's class: "Sociodrama for At-risk People." I had little knowledge of this area but wanted to learn since my ministry has taken us to many at-risk people. Rich not only had a delightfully engaging manner of teaching but his knowledge and experience was very apparent. As we moved to actually acting and experimenting with the techniques taught, Rich was nothing less then masterful as he moved us all with confidence and patience to practice this area of Applied Theatre. I told Rich later that what was really artful was the way he would "disappear" to allow us to explore and then when help was needed or called for, he "reappeared" to offer guidance and instruction. I learned more in a weekend workshop with Rich than I think I could in a semester of college instruction. Thank you, Rich!

Charlie Jones
President
Peculiar People, Inc.