MoezArt Productions is a place where individuals are enfolded into a community while being taught to glorify the Lord by using their God-given talents to create art, that is a light in a dark world.
We seek to glorify God through:
–our God-honoring purpose
–our encouraging and unified community
–our learning and growth as artists and as followers of Jesus Christ
–our desire to reach out to and serve the Body of Christ and the community with God-honoring
“Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” I Peter 4:10-11
There are many aspects of the mission of the artist, but the primary and all-encompassing one is to bring glory and honor to God. The artist is first and foremost a servant and follower of Christ. Only when the artist has an authentic and vibrant relationship with Christ can they hope to truly create and communicate to the best of their ability. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31). When an artist is seeking to please God in every area of their life, the areas of confusion and conflict in the arts should be submitted to God’s will and guidance. No artist truly seeking to honor God would willingly choose to do or present something that is contrary to God’s word.
The area of the arts is especially challenging since the arts in the world are so corrupt. It is an uphill battle to create art that is honoring to God in a world that embraces sin and rebellion. However, if Christians forsake the arts then they have given the most influential area of our culture to the control of the Enemy. Christians must not only continue to create, but they must do so to the best of their ability and to the glory of God. This will show the world that one does not need to sacrifice one’s gift in order to serve God. Rather, a relationship with Him and a life of service to Him increase the inspiration and beauty of that which is created. The artist can impact his culture in an area where the light of God rarely shines. “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:5-6).
In the Bible Christians are commanded to use the gifts God has given them. We are not to hide our gifts as though we were ashamed of them. We are not to use them to glorify ourselves, but to glorify God and to build up the body of Christ. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (I Peter 4:10). The arts in the hands of the Artist, sold out to God and seeking to serve and honor Him, can be a powerful tool. We should seek to develop these gifts to the glory of God. Only if the glory is given to God can we hope to continue to be used to communicate His message.
For the Christian artist, whether in the Christian or secular community, the challenge is always to present a godly witness. The arts are not an easy place to be a witness for Christ. To the Christian community the arts represent the decadence and immorality of the world. Most are very resistant to the role of the arts in the church and in Christian education. To the world, Christian art is considered second rate since it is assumed that anyone with genuine ability would seek the greener pastures of the world. The challenge for the Christian artist is to create art that honors and glorifies God and that is excellent in the eyes of the world. “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men” (II Corinthians 8:21). The Christian does not have to stoop to the world’s levels of immorality to create excellent art. Nor do they have to settle for second-rate art just because it is within the Church. Why should the world have all the brilliance? When the world sees that we embrace excellence and seek it as fervently as they do, they will respect that. They must see that our Christianity does not hold us back, but inspires us to even greater heights, to the glory of God. We must show the world what a Christ-centered life looks like and hope that they will begin to desire what we have. “Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace” (II Corinthians 1:12).
One of the struggles for the Christian in the world of art is how to be relevant to our culture without compromising Christian standards. This is especially challenging for those who seek to use the arts as a tool for outreach. They have the need to attract the attention of those who are lost. The temptation is to use more of the world’s tactics because of the fear that godly arts will not be enough to attract the attention of those who are accustomed to the sensationalism of the world. But this compromise with the world is dangerous. “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4). But we underestimate the power of the message we are presenting and the working of the Holy Spirit. Our job is not to attract people by our efforts, that role is for the Holy Spirit. Our focus needs to be on presenting the truth in a God honoring fashion, to the best of our ability. If we were to attract someone, but then weaken our testimony in the process, we have accomplished nothing. “We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts” (I Thessalonians 2:4b).
The arts are full of pictures. Some of these pictures are in drama, dance, paintings, or music. Sometimes we must present evil in order to present the ultimate solution to evil, Christ. However, we must draw the line in what we present. There is a fine boundary line between that which is necessary to teach a lesson, and that which simply fills our minds with unclean thoughts. So many times we use the excuse in the arts that we are “presenting the world as it is”. This is unnecessary. We need to be presenting a picture of Christ’s solution to the world’s problem. We all know what a sinful life looks like. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret” (Ephesians 5:8-12). The world should not look at our art and then look at their art and see no difference.
The artist must respect the opinions and directions of those in authority over them. This is why we have chosen to create a Board for MoezArt Productions. Sometimes an artist can become so emotionally involved in what they are doing that they fail to see the long-term impact or larger effect on the community. In these situations, it is good to have an unbiased authority to give perspective on the situation. “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Let us show the world that we can be artists for God, unified in our purpose. “…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:2-4).
MoezArt Productions STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe that all those who die in God’s grace through faith are assured eternal salvation; those who die in a state of sin and unbelief suffer the punishment of Hell.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.
MoezArt Productions, Inc. began in the Fall of 2000 when some parents asked Sharon Moe to teach a Speech & Debate class. Drama was added the following year with their first full length play, Leeann Alena Moe’s A Family Affair. The first musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, came in the Spring of 2003. It was an incredible success!
In 2005, just prior to marrying Sharon, Steven Rodriguez left staff with Campus Crusade for Christ after 14 years with the André Kole Ministry and became President of MoezArt Productions.
What started as one class with 16 students has now grown into 19 classes, nine instructors, 13 interns and 250 students valley-wide and continues to expand!
Steven and Sharon Rodriguez have found no greater privilege than being involved with the home-school community in Phoenix and are excited to see how God is going to use MoezArt Productions, Inc. to glorify Him and make an eternal difference in the lives of its students!
Try MoezArt by Paul, graduated student
Drama hasn’t always been my passion. Before I had tried it for myself, I thought it was just a way for nerdy kids to live out someone else’s life so they could escape from their own. Then one day my debate teacher invited me to stay after class to try her drama group. I figured it couldn’t hurt so I stayed and was incredibly surprised to discover that after the initial discomfort of being in front and center had passed, I was really enjoying what I was doing! I also saw that the students weren’t strange at all. Everyone was very kind and encouraging. I kept attending and eventually became a regular student. Now drama is without a doubt my favorite subject and I can honestly say that it has made high school the best part of my life. Along with making great friends, I am constantly learning about self-control and how to have confidence in front of an audience. Thanks to Sharon Rodriguez, I have found my life’s passion and I am on my way to realizing my dream of being a professional stage actor. I encourage everyone to try MoezArt Productions if they are looking for a place to learn, have fun, and make friends. Who knows? It could change the course of your life. It changed mine.
Thank You by Patty, parent
I just want to take a minute and thank you so much for all you do on behalf of MoezArt Productions for our homeschoolers. [My student] did not want initially to be homeschooled throughout high school. However, that fateful… open house — where she bombarded you with ten thousand questions — was our turning point. These last few years have been interesting to watch her grow and develop her passion in the theatre area. I know how much time and energy you invest to make your company a success. You have truly been a blessing to so many families… and you need to hear this more often © – Thank you!
Good things by a parent
I can’t say enough good things!! I am so grateful that she’s a part of such a friendly and well-oiled machine; we’ve never worked with a theatre that was so organized. And I love the weekly email update. She found her castmates to be super friendly and genuine and supportive, and she had only nice things to say about the teachers every week, too. And the show knocked our socks off – I still can’t believe it was high school students up there. The acting, the singing, the dancing, the sets, the costumes – I never expected it would look so professional. I was also happy to see the ensemble parts playing such an integral role in the show (so that no one was only on stage for five minutes one time). We are so grateful to have found you!
Community Theatre by Katie, actress
I came and joined this group as a newbie having just moved to Phoenix and looking to get involved in community theater (I had left behind a beloved group in Flagstaff!). I was welcomed and they even let me perform when I was expecting my first child! Great people, great friends, all doing it to glorify God. Love it and hope to participate for many years to come.
I Love MoezArt by Jessica, high school student
I love MoezArt Drama because the people around me have become my family. Drama is a place were I can truly relax and have fun with my peers. I cannot thank MoezArt and Mrs. Rodriguez enough for giving me this family away from family.
A Parent’s Perspective
Amazing. This program is amazing. I love that the teachers truly care about the kids as well as the program.
MoezArt Quality by Amy, parent
MoezArt is a quality theatre organization. We appreciate the high standards, focus on good theatre performances, development of all students and the opportunity for homeschoolers.
An Honor by Aileen, community theatre student
Thanks so much for all the work you put into MoezArt. We all love you! I want to thank you particularly for casting me… it was quite an honor. I hope that in the future I will be able to work with you again.
Hard & Fun by Talya, middle school student
Thank you for teaching me how to do the play. Learning how to [act] was both hard and fun. Terrific!
Excellent by Jesslyn, an audience member
Excellent, professional and fun for both performers and audience members to work with!
We Love MoezArt! by a parent
We Love MoezArt! They all love participating in Phoenix because of the friendships they have made and would like to continue.
Different by the Shrader family
Click here for a video that channel 12 did about our students in one of our productions.