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Updates, news and blog stories from around the Ted and Company universe.

Overheard with Ted

September 12, 2016

By Alison Brookins   Alison, an AMBS student, interned with Ted & Co over the Summer and is now a roadie on the Laughter is Sacred Space: Human Faces Tour helping with tech and set up and other various and needful tasks. Here’s her blog about what she learned during her time with Ted, which she chronicled as “overheardwithted” ___________________ I enjoy finding the absurd in everyday life. Even more I enjoy gathering up these absurd moments and shouting them from the mountain of Facebook. This summer I kept a record of the things I heard while working with Ted,...

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Laughter Tour Update

September 6, 2016

aka “Ted-and-Steven-Will-Be-Back-In-27-Days-Tour.” Day 1 September 1 By Ted Swartz First show of the tour in Weyers Cave VA, sponsored by Pleasant Valley Church Of the Brethren and Karis.  After months of planning and anticipation, mucking and coordinating, building and huddling, we kicked off the tour! Thanks to Valerie Serrels for all the logistics, coordinating, and encouragement. The revamped set went up without hitches, thanks Alison Brookins! The lights went up easily, thanks Phil Blosser! And here’s another exclamation point! Crew Dietrich Alderfer and Steven Stauffer couldn’t have been better. The relationship with the audience is paramount and we had a...

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A Story of Struggle and Hope

August 5, 2016

This is our friend, Scott Hackman, and his story of struggle toward mental health and stability. Our upcoming Laughter is Sacred Space: Human Faces Tour will invite stories and photos of every day people who also struggle. These are sacred stories of being human, discovering God at the core. If you’d like to share your own story, please follow this link. Photo by Steven Stauffer By Scott Hackman I have been impacted by suicidal thoughts and self-destructive behaviors at key stress points in my life. I have mostly understood my life story as a process of recovery. I was misdiagnosed, over-medicated,...

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Ted & Co ‘Catches’ a New Intern

June 20, 2016

Please give a warm welcome to Alison Brookins, our new Summer intern here at Ted & Co. You’ll hear more from her in the coming weeks. Here’s a bit about who she is and what she brings to the Company.  How do I describe myself when I am somewhere totally new, doing something I have never done before? What occupations, adjectives, relationships or accomplishments do I choose to communicate who I am? I am far from home, far from my friends and family, far from my normal. I can only tell you what I do, what I love, and what...

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Celtic Pilgrimage with Ted? Bucket List Alert!

August 10, 2015

In May of 2016 Sue and I are traveling to Iona Community in Scotland as part of a pilgrimage I am co-leading with friend Sheryl Shenk and her husband John.  Iona is one of the places on my, “whatever you want to call it” list—bucket/pail/small pitcher with a cute handle. In any event, there are still openings for what I believe will be a life changing experience. Below are links to the original letter of invite from Sheryl and the official brochure. Also, here’s a link to the short video I made explaining why I‘m excited to be going. We are approaching...

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Voice Behind the Cello

June 2, 2015

By Chris Yoder June 2, 2015 (Chris Yoder is one of two cellists who alternately plays “the son” in Listening for Grace. The following is a repost of an editorial by Chris for The Weather Vane at Eastern Mennonite University.) Ted Swartz is bringing his show, “Listening for Grace,” to EMU this Sunday evening. It is a show full of emotions – laughter, joy, pain, remorse, sadness, and grace. He twists your goosebumps into tears of sadness, only to find transform them into tears of laughter. Swartz plays the role of a father rooted in an evangelical upbringing, and he...

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Meet…the chicken

May 20, 2015

By Ted Swartz May 20, 2015 A couple of years ago Jeff Raught and I spent a week in a story-book land to the North. Cooperstown, New York. The home of the baseball hall of fame…moment of silence… Seriously, I’m taking a moment…ok, done. Along with dramaturge and serial bellower of contagious laughter, Bob Small, Jeff and I were crafting a new show, The Jesus Stories: What’s for Lunch? The location, Aunt Karen’s Farm, set amidst the rolling green hills and lush forests of upstate New York, was a compliment to the invigorating and sometimes infuriating process of putting a...

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It’s All About the Goo

April 7, 2015

By Ted Swartz April 7, 2015 Green rooms in churches offer a wide variety of comfort and proximity to the stage: Sometimes there are plenty of comfy couches, quiet with tasteful décor—other times you just know you’re in a church. Occasionally these co-opted spaces provide inspiration and significant philosophical thought. Warming up for a Listening for Grace show at Steinman’s Mennonite in Baden Ontario, I was struck by this Sunday School poster…I was in the middle of running lines, specifically the preacher relating the passage in Genesis where he notes: “In the beginning of this book the creator saw…that it...

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Sacred Spaces

April 2, 2015

The past year of touring took the Company to many wonderful places (see our Year in Review video here for some specifics.) A couple of places stand out…Marble Collegiate in New York City. Justin and Phillip practicing …One of the treats I get: hearing the musicians play. Justin, Chris and Phillip in some exquisite sacred spaces.… and some utilitarian spaces…                   regardless, the music renews my soul

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To There and Back Again

March 13, 2015

By Ted Swartz Feb 13, 2015 in Freeman South Dakota, I performed “Laughter is Sacred Space.” (Click here for a decent review of the show.) Laughter reflects my relationship with Lee Eshleman, our discovering one another, our work together, and resulting 20 year friendship. And then, following his death, the period of grief and recovery that seemed to take forever. I knew Lee and I had been in Freeman many years ago, but couldn’t remember the date. On our way into town I saw a large sign directing folks to downtown Freeman—yes, there is one! The sign spurred a memory...

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