Friday, April 18, 2014

Cry of the Whole Congregation

Rich Swingle will lead Cry of the Whole Congregation by Walter Wangerin, Jr., from his book The Ragman and Other Cries of Faith.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MasterWorks alum enters national preaching competition




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Friday, April 11, 2014

Rather to Be Chosen


Joyce and I have been cast as husband and wife in a film for the third time! Rather to Be Chosen is produced and directed by Daniel Knudsen, who I met on the set of Christmas Grace. He also directed me in Creed of Gold, which has been selected for theatrical release. Daniel has a real heart for the Lord and a vision for telling God's truth in powerful ways. We're really excited to be a part of this project and can't wait to see how it turns out!

The first two films in which we played husband and wife were Indescribable and The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Princeton and a Favorite Prof



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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Breathe of Boldness

Joyce preached on Acts 2:47-4:31. Opening and closing prayer by Pastor Randy Solomon.



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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Matter of Faith

I've been a fan of Rich Christiano's films for years, so I was thrilled to connect with him at the Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio last month. His newest film will be released in theatres this September. Click through to help get the word out and bring it to a theatre in your city...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Is God Fair?






Joyce reported on performing as my character's wife in The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah. She also led communion and shared our thoughts on God's Not Dead.

Pastor Linda Warren preaches on Romans 3:1-8. Opening comments by Liz and Bill H. Bill mentioned Tim Keller's book, Encounters with Jesus.



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Monday, March 24, 2014

God's Not Dead surprises box office



God's Not Dead was number five at the box office for it's opening weekend. That's impressive even without the fact that it was only in 780 theatres and all the films that came in ahead of it were in more than 3,000. It's per theatre take was number one.

Joyce and I loved this film. Even Huffington Post admitted that, "The dramatic context of the script and the talent of the cast could make it entertaining for anyone."

I performed in Memoirs of a Prodigal Son, in which Kevin Sorbo (a lead character in God's Not Dead) played the father of the prodigal, so I'm hoping the success of God's Not Dead will help raise awareness of our film, directed by MasterWorks alumnus, Nathan Clarkson.

There is definitely an audience for films with an unashamedly Christian message. Someone commented on the Huffington Post article that messages should be sent by FedEx, not by movies. All movies have messages. This one just happens to have a great one: God's Not Dead.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Christian Actor Prepares

Here's a link to my handout for my workshop at the Christian Worldview Guild: The Christian Actor Gets in Character.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sochi Report

We're going to put together photos and footage from our time in Sochi for the Olympics. Check back later for details.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Robert Fresco

Writer, pilot, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and our dear friend died at 9:15am on Valentine's Day. Oh, and he was also a poet.

My first encounter with Robert was after my first New York performances of Five Bells for 9/11, 9/11/02. I got to my office at the Helen Hayes Theatre, and there was a note slipped under my door: "Five Bells. That was lovely. Robert." I asked around and someone said it must have been from the gentleman in the office around the corner. "He won an Oscar." It was from Robert, and we struck up a friendship that lasted almost a dozen years. We'd stop by each other's offices and chat. Seemed like 10-15 minutes, but we'd look at our clocks and see it had been 60-90 minutes. Since my dad is a pilot we talked a lot about flight. Of course we talked about writing. And we talked a whole lot about God.

We trudged through the snow on Thursday to see him. We talked about waiting until the weather cleared up, but we're so glad we didn't. He wasn't talking by the time we got there, but we believe he heard us. He was still able to communicate with his unforgettable eyebrows, which he refused to trim.

Robert won the Oscar in 1970 for a documentary he did on Czechoslovakia. Fred Astaire and Bob Hope handed him his golden statue, and you can watch Astaire's only dance at the Oscars leading up to the award here.

He was also the first person to get cameras into courtrooms. But when we got home from our visit we watched "Look to the Stars," an episode of Bonanza that he wrote.



Ralph Waite, the father on The Waltons died the day before Robert. The New York Times cited a 2004 TV Guide Poll that rated Mr. Walton as the number three TV dad behind Bill Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, number one, and Lorne Greene's Ben Cartwright, number two. So Robert filled the mouth of the second best dad that's ever been on TV. Robert seemed like a pretty great dad in real life, too. In all the countless hours we spent in the Helen Hayes hallway many of them were spent talking about our families. He never said a negative word about either of his sons or his wife, all of whom he loved very much along with the grandkids.

Here's the tribute printed in the The New York Times: Robert M. Fresco, Oscar-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 83.

Here's an interview I did with him on Friendship for a sermon series at our church:

Robert Fresco on Friendship from Rich Swingle on Vimeo.

I was honored that they included a clip from that at his funeral, along with clips from his work on television, film and his documentaries.

His Academy Award-winning Czechoslovakia 1968 is now online:



Pray for the family as they walk through the grieving process.

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Joyce preached on Romans 1:16-17. Bill H. opened and closed. Additional comments by Liz H. Pastor Randy Solomon tells about his creations for space and creation from space. Tamara W. shares how she calmed someone's fears about her travel, and she read Matthew 28:1-6.



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Today's playlist starts with "The Voice of Truth," which Eva P. played to close our Leadership Bible Study.

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Friday, February 07, 2014

Heading for Sochi / Actor Deadlines

As the Opening Ceremonies sweep across the time zones we’re making final plans to be in Sochi during the last week of the Olympics. We appreciate your prayers for us while we're there!

We’re in the process of having translations done for the people we meet from around the world. So far we’ve only completed Spanish, though Portuguese, German, Korean and Simplified Chinese are in the works. If you can contribute to any of those translations or if you’re interested in having an impact on people who speak your language shoot us a note.

We won't be posting from Russia, but watch your inboxes for a report when we return. 

February 15, the eve of our departure, happens to be the deadline for two events at which I’ll be directing and teaching later in the year:

The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp is adding an acting component. I'm thrilled to inaugurate this program as the sole instructor! Many of you know me from my stage work, but I've been in 15 films since 2010: www.RichDrama.com/Films. I’ll be teaching classes and directing the students in a film we’ll shoot in the glorious Colorado Rockies.

I learned much of what I know about screen acting from the fabulous faculty that we've had at the MasterWorks Festival over the years. We're bringing in some more performing arts veterans this year as well. 

I wrote about Torry Martin in a recent blog post that went out to those who receive our more frequent posts. Now I’m pleased to announce that we’ll have a second Adventures in Odyssey cast member, Katie Leigh. Katie will coach our students reading sides from… a show for which she’s been a cast member. Sign up for her MasterClass will be based on date of application, so act now. She got her start in Improv, so on July 2, she will join Torry Martin and our students to perform Improv! That night has the potential of being the funniest in the history of MasterWorks!

Our tickled funny bones will propel us into performances of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in Winona Lake, Bethel Park, PA, and in an Off-Broadway theatre!

Again, the early bird deadline for MasterWorks and the The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Acting Camp is February 15. So get the application process rolling now, or send this to young actors who might be interested. 

I play a quirky clerk in Christmas Grace.
Another place I’ll be teaching and performing is the inaugural Christian Worldview Film Festival and Guild. Five of the films in which I’ve performed will be featured there in full or represented by a short piece. The Guild will be March 11 and 12, and the Festival will be March 13-15 in beautiful San Antonio, TX. Though there’s no early bird special, you can get 25% off all tickets to the Festival or Guild using the code RICHSWINGLE.

Check out my touring schedule at www.RichDrama.com/Schedule and see if I’ll be in your area. I always love to add performances and workshops whenever I’m outside the NYC area.

I'm really hoping to set up performances in San Antonio, TX, Colorado, Tuscon, AZ, and Oregon. Hope to see you somewhere in the world this year!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Be Mutually Encouraged by Each Other's Faith

Joyce preached on Romans 1:8-15. Bill H. opened with prayer and scripture. Pastor Linda Warren prayed for the sermon and brought the announcements.



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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Five films to be screened at the Christian Worldview Film Festival

Three films in which I perform have been selected for screening at the Christian Worldview Film Festival in March: Christmas Grace, Creed of Gold and In His Steps.

Two others were selected in the Promotional category: Princess Cut and Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cry, the Beloved Country

I just saw one of the most wonderful films I've every seen: Cry, the Beloved Country. It is a story of grace, peace and reconciliation powerfully, tastefully, beautifully, and poetically told.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NYC MasterWorks Auditions

If you're in the NYC click here for a hi-rez version of the poster, and then print it and post it where potential MasterWorks students may see it.

Thanks!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Dr. Wayne Roberts' Memorial

When my grandmother died in 1988 I mentioned to Dr. Wayne Roberts that Grandma prayed for me every day. Dr. Wayne said, "Well, Rich, Bertie and I pray for you every day." It had such a huge impact on me at that point in my life. He was never a teacher of mine in any official capacity, but he and Bertie were some of my greatest mentors. He died in August, and I'm glad to have just found his memorial service. If you have the time to listen you'll see why he had such an impact on me and so many others.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Joyce preaches on Simeon

Joyce preached on Luke 2:25-35 this morning at our church, Westchester Chapel. Opening prayer and announcements by Pastor Linda Warren. Closing prayer by Liz J.



"Go Tell It on the Mountain" sung by the congregation. Words: John W. Work, Jr., Folk Songs of the Amer­i­can Ne­gro (Nash­ville, Tenn­es­see: 1907).
Music: Af­ri­can-Amer­i­can spir­it­u­al

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Torry Martin will make MasterWorks laugh

I first met Torry at a conference where we were both performing probably twelve years ago now, and I'm still laughing at the stories he told! He's a writer, actor, stand-up comic, and he's going to be a MasterWorks MasterClass instructor this year!



He's going to perform improv with our students, and then roll into some of his own humor in teaching and testimony: "Discovering Your Calling/Finding Your Gift". He'll also do some stand up for a faculty recital. You seriously don't want to miss it!

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Roger Nelson Recommends the MasterWorks Festival

Roger Nelson performed most of his one-man play The Confession of St. Patrick for a Sunday morning service, an excerpt from his one-man play The Man from Aldersgate at a faculty recital, and coached honors recital winners at The MasterWorks Festival. In his Journal he made the following observations:


I highly recommend the MasterWorks Festival to any young person who is serious about developing his/her talent in music, dance, or theatre. A professional and friendly atmosphere pervades the campus. Most of the students are enrolled in the music program, but the dance and theater programs are just as strong. The faculty are all professional Christian artists, who bring much experience as well as knowledge to the table. Students and faculty take their meals together in the cafeteria. Halfway through the lunch hour a 15-minute devotional is shared by a ... faculty member. In addition to that, Bible study attendance is required three nights a week with faculty members leading the studies. Almost every evening a concert or recital can be heard, giving students and faculty alike the opportunity to perform with the ultimate goal of bringing the love of God and the message of Jesus Christ to the classical performing arts world. 

Roger teamed with me in April of 2006 to rent the same Off-Broadway theatre (Theatre 315) in which The MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program will perform again this July.

You can read more about Roger's worldwide adventures, including his performance at our home church, Westchester Chapel and his reflections on my career, which was inspired by his, in his latest Journal at A1ManPlay.com.

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