Steve conducting a workshop in India

Steve Wilent conducts workshops on drama, script writing, storytelling and communication tailored to meet your needs. The workshops are designed to be fun and participatory with an emphasis on learning by doing. Workshops are a great way to kick off a church drama ministry and they are excellent events to offer to other churches and organizations in your community. In addition to a typical performance-basics workshop there are several short seminars that are popular additions to a conference, convention or retreat setting.

Here is a partial list of topics we offer:

  • Drama in Worship
  • The Power of Story
  • The Power of One (monologues)
  • The Director’s Vision
  • Sketch Writing
  • Improvisation

We are often asked “what do you cover in a basic workshop?” The following outline should help answer that question. Keep in mind that we also customize the workshop based on your needs. The following workshop would be considered “all day” (about 6 hours).

  • Registration/Coffee and Donuts
  • Introduction
    • Overview
    • Why Drama in the Church?
    • What Does it Take to Make it Happen?
  • Performance Basics – This section will teach aspects of the following basics through exercises and discussion.
    • Dealing with Inhibition
    • Body Control
    • Body Movement
    • Eye Contact and Control
    • The Voice: Projection and Diction
    • Memorization
    • Characterization
  • Lunch
  • Practical Application – Now we will put some of the basics to work in more exercises and improvisation.
    • Script Analysis
    • Situation Improvisations & Role Playing
    • Drama in Worship – exploring the models
      • Drama as a setup to the sermon
      • Drama as the sermon
      • Drama in other parts of the worship (call to worship, call to prayer, offertory, benediction)
      • Dramatic Scripture Reading / Reader’s Theatre
    • Resources – where to find good scripts
    • Drama Ministry Dos and Don’ts
    • Questions and Answers
  • Close


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