Spirituality Workshop

Beltam Peace Center and The Emmanuel Mennonite Fellowship sponsored a “Spirituality of the Psalms” workshop on January 21st that used a variety of theatrical techniques to help participants connect more deeply with the biblical text.  

I have never connected with the psalms in this active and personal way.
— Paricipant

Some attendees indicated they’d like to incorporate some of the theatrical readings into their worship services. One of Executive Director, Ann Kinnebrew’s many interests lies in exploring the connections between spirituality and theatre arts. 

I am hoping to do more work in a variety of spiritual and religious contexts.
— Executive Director, Ann Kinnebrew

Exploring Solidarity through Theatre

Ignite Applied Theatre Executive Director, Ann Kinnebrew was invited to be part of a 5-day residency program presented by Donkey Saddle Projects, 


Ann, along with participants from several other community-based organizations, discussed how to build solidarity and advocate for all human rights where they are being compromised or violated. Through the rehearsal and production of the staged reading of the play, "There is a Field", the participants were able to share the experience and continue the discussion with the larger Gainesville Community. Ann commented,

I was so impressed by how effective it was to use a beautifully scripted piece as the basis for community building and conversation.
— Ann Kinnebrew

Ignite Applied Theatre is so thankful to Jen Marlow and Brittany King of Donkey Saddle Projects for including us in this great community building experience. To learn more about Donkey Saddle visit them here http://www.donkeysaddle.org/index.php/theatre-projects.

Project Princess

Ignite’s Executive Director, Ann Kinnebrew, spent the day as acting coach for the Project Princess which is a theatrical community service organization that organizes and performs magical and joyful experiences for children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses or other difficult circumstances. 

I Loved my time with these beautiful young women. They each bring so much joy where its needed. Coaching them on their princess characters was so much fun! Each “princess” worked so hard to ensure that they will give their best to children who need a magical escape from their very difficult situations.
— Ann Kinnebrew

Workshops that Explore Community

We recently had a workshop centered around community. We had a beautifl group of attendees that represented different age groups, ethnicities and religions. Our workshop explored the meaning of community through image, movement and sound. We connected through shared ideas about civic and personal relationships as well as shared our personal stories of community support and engagement. We learned how to do fluid sculptures, a Playback Theatre form that captures the essence of a story through repeated sounds, words and movement. And we had lots of laughs!