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What “Discipleship through Drama” Looks Like

Kittywham Productions has a tagline that only appears on one or two pages of our site. But it’s a phrase that carries rich meaning: “Discipleship through Drama.” “Discipleship” gets a fair amount of airtime in Christian circles, which I think is good, although I wonder if sometimes it becomes a vague, almost mystical concept. As […]

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Free Excerpt from Dramatic Dialogue “One Man’s Treasure”

Of all our skits and short plays, I think I’d say our Dramatic Dialogue One Man’s Treasure is my favorite, if I had to pick. I love pulling stories from the pages of Scripture and imagining them on a stage, and One Man’s Treasure does just that. Inspired by one of Christ’s shortest parables (a single verse!) in Matthew […]

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The Nova Theater – One Month Away!

Few times do I love my work more than when I get to be involved in a performance of one of my plays. And that is happening this season! In a month my newest drama, The Nova Theater, will be premiered in my hometown, by a cast of some of the best young people I have […]

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“The Purpose of Playing”: Hamlet on Mirrors and Sawing the Air

Lately I’ve been rereading Hamlet and freshly remembering the play’s challenges, questions, and lessons. It’s Shakespeare’s longest drama and probably his most famous, understandably. I studied Hamlet my senior year of high school and in four different classes during my time at Hillsdale College—and the play never gets old. I guess that makes this my fifth reread, […]

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One Year in the Dragonfly Study Center!

In 2017, we officially moved into our new office building on the first Monday in November—one year ago today! It’s crazy to think that twelve months have passed since then and to look back at year-old pictures and see how much the building has changed. I put together a 60-second video with lots of pictures […]

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National Author's Day

National Author’s Day 2018

Ever heard of National Author’s Day? Me neither, until recently. About a week ago, I learned that November 1st is a national holiday set aside to honor authors, and right away I knew I wanted to celebrate it here on the blog. Put simply, the stories I read as I grew up shaped my soul. […]

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3 Truths about Writing: What I Learned Reading Stories by Middle Schoolers

On Friday, I was able to help out at the Southern Illinois A.C.E. Junior Convention as a writing judge. I’d judged last year as well and was delighted to participate again. I go and read the kids’ stories, use a grading rubric to score the entries, and finally write some comments for each student. And for […]

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The Writing Process: How to Storyboard a Script

After emerging from an intense script-writing season, I’ve been reflecting on my writing process, pondering what techniques worked and what didn’t. I certainly have plenty to improve on and new methods I want to try, but I thought I’d share one technique that helped me as I wrote my latest play. The Storyboard Isn’t storyboarding […]

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New Pinterest Boards: “The (Reimagined) Book of Daniel” and “Narrow Escape”

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve been enjoying the brisk, breezy fall days as much as I have. Earthy maple and pumpkin smells, and sweaters that feel like bearhugs…. It’s hard to pick a favorite season, but when I’m pressed I always end up choosing autumn. 🍁 This week we’ve added two new boards to our […]

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Read for Free: “Just Ask Pastor!” script excerpt

I recently finished writing not one but two new plays. This is why my weekly blog post has not been weekly this month (i.e., has not appeared at all—yikes). By October 3rd, I’d written more than 20,000 words in just over two weeks, and at that point I had no more words inside me—and the […]

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