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An Interactive Workshop on Faith & Theatre 


June 26 - 28, 2014

Hosted by: 

Mustard Seed Theatre


Fontbonne University

Fine Arts Theatre

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The Applied Theatre Conference provides worship ministers, theatre artists, ministry leaders and workers, counselors, educators and any layperson the opportunity to:
  • Use theatre techniques to engage their own spiritual lives more deeply
  • Assist those in ministry to revitalize their methods of discipleship and worship leading
  • Train educators in methods of communicating with people through interactive, embodied techniques.
  • Learn applied theatre methods and how they can be used in your Christian ministry
  • Experience interactive worship service using applied theatre methods
  • Participate in the dynamic concept of "playing back" prayer requests in worship
  • Breakout Sessions include "The Healing Power of Theatre" and"Experiencing the Theology of Presence and Community."
  • Taught by experienced applied theatre artists and ministers.

Don't Miss This Unique Approach to Refresh Spiritual Growth, Worship and Connection!

EXPERIENCE the Power of Theatre as it intersects with Faith!

CAPTURE the Power of Story!

LEARN new techniques and methods for reaching and teaching.

REFRESH your Christian walk and your ministry.

ENRICH your life and the lives of others.


Mustard Seed Theatre Lab: Experiments and Education for St. Louis Theatre Professionals


ACTIVE STORYTELLING taught by Deanna Jent
8 Mondays, starting June 2 and ending July 21
6:30 - 9:00 PM and mid-week check-ins

This Playwriting Intensive will focus playwrights, whether novice or experienced, on creating action-based characterization and scenes that SHOW rather than TELL the story.

Limit 10 students. Cost is $600 

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Internship opportunities are available for Fontbonne University students.

Please contact Deanna Jent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mustard Seed Theatre announces general auditions forThe Amish Project and Dancing at Lughnasa to be held on April 18 between 1-3 pm.  Roles are available for 6 women and 3 men (show details below).  Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Fine Arts Theatre at Fontbonne University; directions to the theatre are available at     

For actors who have NOT previously worked for MST, please call Jane at 314-401-8771 to make an appointment.  If auditioning for Dancing at Lughnasa only, please prepare a contemporary dramatic monologue.  Women auditioning for both shows should prepare two sharply contrasting contemporary dramatic monologues with a smooth transition between the monologues. All actors should bring two headshots/resumes to the audition.

Actors who HAVE previously worked for MST and are interested in being considered for these shows, please send an email with current phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Actors will be invited to callbacks at the discretion of the director.  Callbacks will be held May 2, 1-4 pm. 

The Amish Project runs August 28 – September 13, 2015, directed by Deanna Jent.  Written by Jessica Dickey, this one-woman show is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.  The actress plays eight unique roles which range from young female students to the male shooter to a Hispanic teen who works at a local store.  

Dancing at Lughnasarun February 5 – 21, 2016, directed by Gary Wayne Barker.  Set in Donegal, Ireland in 1936, the play explores the tension between dogma and free choice in the lives of five sisters and their brother, a priest recently returned from service in Africa.


Father Jack (50's) --  gentle, elder brother of the sisters. Left home as a young man to work as a missionary in Uganda.   Returns home confused and sick.   Perhaps has strayed from strict Catholicism, professing admiration for pagan beliefs of Africa.

Kate Mundy (40-50) -- eldest of the Mundy sisters and behaves as a mother figure. As a schoolteacher, she is the only wage-earner.  Fiercely devout Catholic.   Stern but loving.

Maggie Mundy (35-45) -- tom-boyish and chief family homemaker.   Fun-loving, defusing tension with humor.  Both challenger and confidante to Kate.

Agnes Mundy (35-45) -- quiet and contemplative, knitting gloves while also helping to keep the house in order. Silently infatuated with Gerry.  Protective guardian of Rose.

Rose Mundy (30-40)  --  behaves much younger than her years, due to a developmental disability.   Open and loving, yet vulnerable.  Very close with Agnes with whom she knits gloves to sell in the town.

Chris Mundy (25-35) --  the youngest of the Mundy sisters.  Unmarried mother of Michael.  Wrestles with both optimism and depression concerning on/off relationship with Gerry.

Gerry Evans (30-35) --  charming father of Michael.  Smooth-talking and fun.  Traveling salesman.   Unreliable in support of Chris and Michael.

Michael Evans (30's-50's) --  acts as adult narrator of this memory play, not only dictating the action but revealing the futures of the other characters. Childhood self is alluded to by other characters, while the adult Michael speaks lines as the boy from the side. 



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