“These Are My People: Reflections of Salford at 300”
These Are My People is a fast paced, humorous and poignant look at 300 years of the Salford Mennonite community. Ted Swartz and a talented cast of Salford members weave music, theater and comedy together as a mirror, allowing us space to remember, feel and laugh, recognizing ourselves across history as the perfectly imperfect followers of Jesus as Salford Mennonite Church.
Ted Swartz is a playwright and actor whose been mucking around in the worlds of the sacred and profane for over 25 years. Ted fell in love with acting and theater on his way to a traditional pastorate in the Mennonite church, a denomination not usually thought of as a hotbed of theatrical opportunities.
Coupling theater and seminary education, Ted became a theologian of a different sort. He discovered that at the intersection of humor and biblical story we often find new or different understandings of Scripture. He also found that comedic theater is a powerful conduit for cultural change toward social justice.
Ted’s love of acting, comedy, and collaboration with creative partner Lee Eshleman, took him to performances in 45 states in the US, Canada, and into Kenya and Japan. Ted & Lee became known for a quirky and gently askew view of life, building a loyal following. Despite the tragic loss of Lee in 2007 Ted continued searching for the intersection of comedy and faith, grief, loss, and hope, deepening that exploration.
He is the creator or co-creator of over a fourteen plays, and continues to write and perform across the US and abroad.
In addition to acting in solo and multiple cast original shows, Ted is an accomplished speaker and teacher, melding theater and comedy with issues of creativity, theology and faith in a profound and engaging presentation.
Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, a 1989 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and 1992 grad of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Ted now lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Along with writing and acting, his loves include his wife, Sue, three sons, Eliot, Ian, and Derek —daughter-in-laws, Katrina,