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Church & Stage

Producing Theater for Education, Praxis, Outreach and Fundraising

Dean J. Seal


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Church and Stage is a guide for people in churches who want to employ theater in ministry, and for theater people who want to create opportunities to work in churches. The points of contact between religion and theater are numerous, and Dean J. Seal offers guidelines for making the connection work no matter what level of experience or financial commitment a congregation brings to the task. The author, who has worked in the worlds of both church and stage, provides background on the historical and theological relationship between religion and theater. He then offers practical advice and guidelines for the use of theater in the context of ministry--from discussion groups to bibliodrama to play-going to ultimately producing a show. This book is a resource for ministers, lay leaders, youth groups, and members of the theater community who desire greater integration of faith and work.

Cowley Publications, 9781561012336, 136pp.

Publication Date: July 25, 2005

About the Author

Dean J. Seal has a master's degree in theology and the arts and a master of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota, where he was the Susan Blons Scholar for Integrating Theology and the Arts. For several years he was the producer of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He has written scripts for Comedy Central and HBO, and was a writer for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Seal continues to write, produce, and act in theatrical productions in a variety of venues, including churches, in the Minneapolis area.