Spirit In The House! is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization producing theater, dance, music, and film series events. Our mission is to reflect and encourage understanding of Spiritual Diversity through the arts. Understanding brings Peace.
Our Year of Forgiveness continues with Forgiveness 360º visual, film, and performing arts events and academic panel discussions on the theme of Forgiveness from November 5-18, 2012 at Concordia University in St Paul. The presentation of Stephen O’Toole’s play, Marietta, is the centerpiece of our stay. Directed by Jerry Gomes and starring Guthrie actress Barbara Reid, show times include both matinee and evening performances both weekends. Marietta is a true story of one mother’s journey toward forgiveness in the wake of an unspeakable family tragedy. In the theatre lab, Jim Stowell will present Family Values: Forgiveness from The World’s Most Frequently Bombed Hotel, based on travel in Northern Ireland; Dakota slam poet Bobby Wilson will perform 1492; Megan Wells will present St. Francis Sings a Muslim Prayer; Ari Hoptman will perform Family Stories, True or False. In the dance studio, Sheikh Zahir Orest will lead residency audiences in a dhikr, or dance circle of Universal Peace, and discuss forgiveness from a Sufi perspective; and in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the US-Dakota War, the Smooth Feather film Dakota 38 will be shown at no charge. The work of nationally acclaimed visual artist Douglas Padilla will be exhibited between all performance spaces. Of Mexican and Norwegian heritage, his work is an emotionally engaging explosion of color that is spiritual in both content and process. Also on view in the main lobby: The F Word: Images of Forgiveness, a travelling art exhibit from The Forgiveness Project in London. For a schedule of panel discussions on the theme of Forgiveness, please visit our website at www.spiritinthehouse.org
On April 6, 2012 Spirit In The House! launched A Year of Forgiveness with Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Megan Wells at the Black Forest Inn Star Tribune's Stage Spotlight TC Planet's Friday Pick MPR's State of the Arts
True Ghost Stories! October 28 and 29, 2011 at the Black Forest Inn featured Duke Addicks, Marcie Rendon, Loren Niemi, Jennifer Schultz, and Paula Nancarrow
Spirit in the House! along with adviser Pablo Jones, the MN Council of Churches, government representatives, and the leaders of over 35 other groups representing approximately12 different faith communities, helped organize Minnesotans Standing Together: the 10th Anniversary Observance of September 11, 2011 at the State Capitol. Spirit In The House enriched the event with performances by In The Heart of the Beast Theatre and Brother Ali http://www.minnesotanstandingtogether.com/
Thursday July 7, 2011 at 7pm Spirit In The House presented a screening of The Nature of Existence (2009) at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis, produced by John Gaspard, and followed by a discussion with NYC Director Roger Nygard, moderated by Dean J. Seal
True Ghost Stories! October 30, 2010 at the Black Forest Inn featured Janet Preus, Nancy Donoval, Bobby Wilson, Marcie Rendon, Duke Addicks, and Loren Niemi
Thursday July 7, 2010 at 7pm Spirit In The House presented a screening of Into Temptation (2009), a feature film shot on location in Minneapolis, at the Trylon Microcinema, followed by a discussion with Director Patrick Coyle moderated by Dean J. Seal. Curated by John Gaspard Director, Creative Services and Video Production at Martin Bastian Productions
Spirit In The House! Performing Arts and Film Festival at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church February 27-March 8, 2009 featured Voices of the Sepharad‘s A Night in Persia; Date Rape for Beginners by storyteller Nancy Donoval; films: Baptists at Our Barbecue, Visioning Tibet, Jim Keeshen’s Dia De Los Muertos, McCombie Way,The Jesus Guy; and Nautilus Music Theater‘s Alice Unwrapped
Spirit In The House Festival: Enlightenment by the Bucket! at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church May 23-June 1, 2008 featured Ragmala Dance‘s The Path is Hidden; Dr. King’s Dream by Warren Bowles as performed at Mixed Blood Theatre; Halau Hula O Ka Hoku Akau‘s “Ke Alaula”, the Awakening, Kevin Kling‘s Back of the Beyond; and Dancing Through Life by Larry Allen Yazzie, two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, member of The Sac & Fox Nation of Mississippi Iowa/Meskwaki, and Founding Artistic Director of Native Pride Arts. Dwight Hobbes Twin Cities Daily Planet article May 20, 2008
A January 2006 cabaret performance at Patrick’s included Leslie Ball & Ochen Kaylan‘s Songs of the Spiritual Life; Dean J. Seal, Dottie Mathews and the Grace-Trinity Bell Choir‘s A Service of Atonement of the Four Holocausts, a excerpt from Holly Davis‘ comedy Goddess, Andrea Stern‘s sacred Celtic harp, and an excerpt of Vanessa Gamble‘s one woman show The Bigger Picture. Cabaret performances at Patrick’s began in 2006 and continued on Friday and Saturday nights through 2010.
SpiritInTheHouse!The Spiritual Cabaret Patrick’s Cabaret Sept 26 and 27, 2008: storyteller Kay Kirscht presented “Mystery Date,” “Sleeping Mouse,” and “A Quick Guide to Angel Spotting;” Nancy Donoval performed Bride of Christ vs. Bride of the Stage; Jon Ferguson directed an excerpt of Dean J. Seal’s The Rabbi of Capernaum; Andrea Stern performed An Irish Harp, a Jewish Harpist, some Sacred Music; and the Persian Axial Age Ensemble combined an original film concerning a disrupted sense of place with a performance on santoor with cello and percussion.