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Theater of the Beat with artistic director Johnny Wideman, Paul Buxman, Brenton Good, Karen Newe, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, James Heiks, Sarah Kathleen Johnson and Carl Bear, Becca J.R. Lachman, Sofia Samatar, Eugene Friesen

Johnny Wideman

Johnny Wideman

Johnny Wideman is a playwright and actor, a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada, and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work in theatre from Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. ...
Paul Buxman

Paul Buxman

“Painter-farmer” Paul Buxman, of San Jose, Calif., has spent more than 40 years painting the vineyards, haystacks and fruit trees of the San Joaquin Valley of California. Working mostly in oils, he is known for ...
Brenton Good

Brenton Good

Brenton Good creates work in conversation with the history of art, drawing inspiration from modern art movements such as Minimalism and Bauhaus inspired formalism. This strict adherence to rules and control is coupled in Good’s ...
Karen Newe

Karen Newe

Karen Newe, of Pasadena, Calif., has balanced years of professional graphic design with freelance illustration and fine-art printmaking. Her design work has included advertising, editorial, publishing, and corporate non-profit work for World Vision. She has designed and ...
Sadie Gustafson-Zook

Sadie Gustafson-Zook

Sadie Gustafson-Zook is a versatile singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose pure voice and hummable melodies balance with blunt lyrics to create honest and serenely cheerful music. Originally from Goshen, Ind., Gustafson-Zook has performed alongside Garrison ...
James Heiks

James Heiks

James (Jim) Heiks taught choral music in the Appleton, Wis., public schools for 30 years. During those years he started a men’s singing movement in the high schools resulting in varsity men’s choruses of 80 ...
Sarah Kathleen Johnson

Sarah Kathleen Johnson

Sarah Kathleen Johnson is the worship resources editor for the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, giving shape to the collection intended to replace Hymnal: A Worship Book and supplements around 2020. Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, she currently ...
Carl Bear

Carl Bear

Carl Bear is the director of music at First United Methodist Church in South Bend, Ind., and a freelance worship consultant. He has a PhD in Liturgical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union. A native ...
Becca J.R. Lachman

Becca J.R. Lachman

Becca J.R. Lachman is a poet, singer-songwriter and educator. In 2015, after a decade of writing and teaching part time at Ohio University, she started a new career with her county’s seven-branch public library system as ...
Sofia Samatar

Sofia Samatar

Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories. Her short stories have been collected in her new book, Tender. She is the recipient of the William L. Crawford Award, the John W. Campbell ...
Eugene Friesen

Eugene Friesen

Four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, conductor and teacher. He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and ...