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When Art and Faith Intersect

University Relations / 03.20.2017

Arts Week

Film producer, playwright and author, John Bolin, will interact with CSU students during Arts Week, March 20-24. The former youth pastor will speak in Chapel about “The Thorn,” a production he created with his wife, Sarah, that toured the country playing in front of crowds as large as 20,000.

Bolin’s mission with his Christian passion play was:

  • To awaken people to the reality of God’s love
  • To motivate an audience to explore questions of faith

CSU theatre professor Thomas Keating performed and served as an assistant director in Bolin’s production and describes it as “Cirque du Soleil meets ‘Passion of the Christ.’” 

In addition to speaking to students at Chapel, Bolin will hold a breakout session about writing and producing with a gospel mindedness. Keating is excited to see CSU bringing music, theatre and performing arts so that it intertwines with the gospel because “Nobody else is doing that.”

Also planned during Arts Week:

  • 3/21 Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m.
  • 3/23 Student Recital, 2 p.m.
  • 3/24 Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m.

In addition, student art exhibits and student short film works will be on display.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.