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 the staff of 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 six areas of Phoenix, ten instructors, and over 150 students valley-wide!
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!
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 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 theatre productions
“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.
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.
The area of the arts is especially challenging since 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).
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 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).
- Debra Lawrence - CEO
- Zachary Anvik - Artistic Director
- Caleb Kramer - Technical Director
- Lisa Kollman - Educational Director
- Arlene Moe - Operations Manager
Sharon and Steve Rodriguez
Founders of MoezArt Productions
For over 18 years, MoezArt Productions has existed to provide drama classes to the homeschooling community of Phoenix. Started in 2002 by Sharon Rodriguez and made into the organization that exists today by the efforts of Steve and Sharon Rodriguez, MoezArt was founded to "Glorify God through the Arts". The senior staff continues to run MoezArt as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, providing theater education and community theater opportunities valley-wide.
Scott and Debra Lawrence
Board Member (Scott)
Scott and Debra have 4 children, all of whom have benefited from the dramatic and spiritual mentoring that MoezArt has provided. Scott is the Principal at a middle school and Debra homeschools and provides daycare to families with limited daycare options.
MoezArt has a rich history of “Glorifying God through the Arts”. The arts is an amazingly powerful medium to convey truth, sacrifice, joy, sorrow, failure, redemption – the whole of the human experience in a way that is easily accessible, yet powerful. As Christians, our job is to illuminate the world with His truth, love, and grace. Our desire for MoezArt is to continue to be a shining light of God’s love, not only in its dramatic productions, but in the fostering of a community that is continuing to deepen their understanding how to glorify God through the arts.
Ray and Barb Napoletano
Ray and Barb Napoletano have two daughters, both of whom have been involved with MoezArt, one as an intern. Ray has 30 years of business experience in a board-run business. Barb brings 13 years in business and 8 years of costuming experience to the MoezArt Board.
Grant and Carol Gary
Grant and Carol have four sons; two of whom they continue to homeschool and two of whom have gone home to be with the Lord. With over 30 years of IT experience, Grant presently oversees the managed services programs for Enterprise Technology Services. Carol worked and advanced in the corporate environment in operational management and quality process consulting in both the retail and information technology industries until 1998 when she transitioned into her favorite role of all; full-time mom.
Damon and Elise Evans
Chairman of the Board (Damon)
Damon and Elise Evans have 4 children who have all been involved at MoezArt. Damon Evans is a video professional and filmmaker and has run a business for 20 plus years. Elise has helped out in the classroom and also served on the Gala committee.
Timothy and Cynthia Hellman
Timothy and Cynthia Hellman are the parents of 5 girls, 4 of whom are rabid enthusiastic MoezArt fans. Both have degrees in biblical studies and are leaders within the organic house church movement. Timothy works for Costco and did a stint teaching at Arizona Christian University. Cynthia is a stay at home mom, home educator, and coordinator for the Surprise Troop for American Heritage Girls.
We are blessed with many volunteers who are using their gifts all over MoezArt. They can be found in the costume room, creating props, taking photos or shooting video, teaching classes, mentoring kids, or helping build sets. They are artists, painters, writers, sculptors, makeup artists, hairstylists, graphic artists, servers and so much more. We would not be able to continue to offer classes or shows to the community without the help of our volunteers.
If you are interested in using your gifts and abilities at Moezart, you can contact us at 623-252-8831 or operations_manager@moezartproductionsorg.
Previous memories from past plays and events within the community
Our kids have grown so much in confidence, skill and character through MoezArt! I can’t say enough about the high standards for both quality of production and expectations from students. They make it fun, yet serious; challenging, yet inclusive; familial yet professional. I highly recommend MoezArt Productions to anyone looking for a quality show to attend, or anyone looking to develop their homeschooler’s talent, character and friendships.
MoezArt is fantastic! If you’re someone who loves to act or thinks it might be cool, sign up for a semester! The fall is a regular play and the spring is a musical (at least for Highschool and younger). If you’re a homeschool parent worried about your kids having enough friends or enough extracurriculars for college, sign them up! Some of my favorite Highschool/Jr. High memories and some of my best friends came from MoezArt.
Singing In The Rain
Questions and Answers
Where Are You Located?
MoezArt classes are held in churches in six areas of Phoenix. Our goal is to provide classes that are conveniently located near homeschool families and fit in their weekly schedule.
- Northwest Valley group (formerly Surprise group)
- Southwest Valley group (formerly Avondale group)
- West Central Valley group (formerly South Glendale)
- North Central Valley group (formerly North Glendale)
- East Central Valley group (formerly North Phoenix)
- Southeast Valley group (formerly Chandler)
When Did You Get Started?
Sharon Rodriguez taught the first MoezArt class in 2002. Since then MoezArt has grown to over 300 students per semester and a thriving community theater community.
What Is The Community Theatre Program?
MoezArt offers opportunities for adults to perform in several productions each year. Our shows are produced in the fall (October), winter (January and February) and spring (March) and include both musicals and non-musicals. We also have a summer musical that is open to both adults and children.
How Do I Audition For A Play?
We provide specific audition information for each of our community theatre productions under the Discover Programs tab in our main menu. We have three shows per year: our fall show, winter show and spring show. Our summer musical is open to our youth families and community theater participants.
How Does MoezArt Choose Its Shows?
Our Artistic Director and staff evaluate many scripts in the process of choosing what we will present in our youth classes and with our community theater group. We want to present material that is uplifting, and also glorifying to God. Our selections have included shows from amateur writers to Broadway musicals.
Does Each Student Enrolled Get A Part?
Yes, we make sure we have parts for each student who enrolls in our youth classes. Students have an audition process at the beginning of the semester so the directors can determine the cast, and each student is given a role in the show.