Values-Driven Arts - Shine Your Light!
René Schiltz continues as Artistic Director and founder of of KingdomArts, now the Beacon Theater Group, since 1990. The Beacon Theater Group was founded to provide opportunities for Christians to create and perform theatre that performs, and transforms.
Through the process of collaboration, imagination, discovery, and performance, artists gain an understanding of working toward a goal that celebrates beauty and elevates thinking. To inspire others is a gift and a responsibility, we take that job seriously.
For students studying with us, we urge them to impact their culture through the performance arts.
In 2018, KingdomArts changed its name to The Beacon Theater Group. We feel this name incorporates the community of artists serving the Lord with their gifts and better represents our goals..
René received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater with a minor in music from Evangel University. She then graduated from York University in Toronto with her Master's of Fine Arts in Acting.
Discovering a passion for directing, she founded Open Sky Theater in Springfield, Missouri and produced A Midsummer Night's Dream to rave reviews. She went on to write and direct The Passion of the Christ at Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale Bible College) before moving to Oklahoma where she was Professor of Theater at Northern Oklahoma College. While there she directed numerous shows including The Fantasticks, Quilters, A Little Night Music, and Oklahoma!. She also directed The Sound of Music and Forever Plaid for the Ponca Playhouse Community Theater.
After moving to Houston with her husband and deciding to homeschool their three children, René produced and directed the homeschool production of Through the Looking Glass performed on the Cypress Lone Star College Stage. She followed with homeschool productions of The Happy Prince, Aesop's Fables (Covenant Academy), and revived Through the Looking Glass for the Regina Caeli homeschool co-op.
For the past five years, René has coached her daughters, Makenna and Maggie, her son Brennan, and numerous other students competing in speech and debate with the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA). Many of them have had success at the National level.
With a heartfelt desire to return to theatre full-time, René is once again turning her focus toward staged theater works and teaching. She is available to coach stage actors, speakers, and students in performance areas that include acting, voice, musical theatre, audition prep, and public speaking.
René is very honored to have recently been invited to become a member of the CITA (Christians in Theater Arts, Board of Directors.
We at The Beacon Theater Group are a diverse community of Christians. We ask that all members exercise courtesy and respect. The Nicene Creed supplies a foundation of belief that we feel underscores what it means to be a Christian.
Our company and classes exist to glorify God through recognition of Christ's loving act of redemption on the cross. We ask that every parent and student read the Nicene Creed to understand our worldview. We are a Christian organization, not affiliated with any specific denomination. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is good and right for instruction on Christian living. We ask that all members, guests, and parents respect a person's confession of belief and faith practice, and leave the rest to prayer and to God. We believe that marriage was designed by God to be between one man and one woman. The Beacon Theater Group reserves the right to address issues of concern including behavior, gossip, or life choices that may affect the group as a whole.