Experimental Theatre and Theology


In his book Experimental Theatre: from Stanislavsky to Peter Brook, James Roose-Evans writes, “To experiment is to make a foray into the unknown – it is something that can be charted only after the event.”

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)

At its root, experimental theatre is the desire to explore the possibilities held within the ancient enacted art of storytelling, commonly called theatre. Doing so, the experimental theatre artist eschews the traditional forms and norms of theatre. Charting a course through the unknown, experimental theatre asks the audience to join in as partners.

Christianity, of course, is defined and controlled by the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed by God in His Word, commonly called the Bible. With a worldview crafted and revealed by the Creator of the universe, Christians eschew the ethics and outlook of our rebellious world.

But what do experimental theatre and Christianity have in common?

That’s a question that theatre artist John Ellis is committed to exploring and answering. This website is intended to be the hub for a growing community of Christian experimental theatre artists who are willing to take artistic risks for the glory of God.

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