by Cynthia Hellman
Anyone who has spent any time poking around on our website or attended a single show can probably recite our Vision. To Glorify God Through the Arts has been a pinnacle statement of MoezArt’s since its inception. It is oft-repeated in the classroom, board room, and everywhere in between.
But do you know our Mission Statement? How about our Core Values?
No? Well, we’re going to dive into those over the next several weeks. We tackled our Mission Statement a while back. Let’s dive into our Core Values. MoezArt has seven Core Values. These seven Core Values capture the culture and ethos of this organization.
We are a Christ-Honoring, Community-Minded, Personal, Positive, Collaborative, Quality, and Creative organization.
We are Personal
MoezArt truly is a family. Each individual is so much more than a cog in the theatre machine. We are connected to the greater organization through wonderful city-wide events, as well as our shows, which are heavily supported by fellow actors and students from our youth classes.
However, there are other ways that MoezArt is personal; we strive to personalize the theatre experiences to fit the student. Because MoezArt provides theatre education, there is an emphasis on molding the role to fit the child rather than rigidly demanding a certain student for a specific role. Of course, there are things we have to consider when casting, but we don’t cast solely based on talent.
Additionally, MoezArt works with actors of all abilities. We have had the pleasure of seeing many actors with various disabilities take the stage! In every instance, it was a blessing to see how theatre truly is for everyone.
We are Positive
Our founder, Sharon Rodriguez, was famous for saying three words. Anytime something looked tough or there was an obstacle in someone’s path, she would say these three little words: You’ll be fine. If you have the joy of knowing Sharon, you can picture her saying this. It all ran together off her tongue in one smooth motion (probably from years of reassuring actors that they would, in fact, be fine).
This contagious positivity is part of the MoezArt culture. We are strangely optimistic. Perhaps it’s because we know something the world can’t comprehend—Our God is mightier than our problems.
We tend to walk in the unearthly confidence that it’ll be fine, whether it’s a logistical snafu, a last-minute change, a power outage, or someone isn’t memorized until halfway through tech week (Students, don’t do this to your directors. It’s not nice. They don’t like it. It gives them grey hairs and stress lines.). There’s something unexplainable that happens (often at the eleventh hour). And the words of Sharon Rodriguez ring true, yet again. You’ll be fine.