Arise Collective Theatre was founded in 2019 by Rich, Mindi, and Grace Garnaat. With a passion for both musical theatre and proclaiming the gospel, Arise was birthed to inspire and impact the lives of others through creatively communicating God’s truth and performing redemptive themed pieces. The name and mission comes from Isaiah 60:1-2 which says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.” This verse has been the inspiration for Arise Collective to shine as a light in the darkness through the sight and sound produced in their performances.
Arise Collective Theatre’s aim is to create, produce, and perform high quality musical theatre which positively impacts the audience and members’ lives for the Kingdom of God.
Original stage material
Full production team
Rich works alongside his wife, Mindi, and 8 children to produce all of Arise Collective Theatre’s productions, including writing some original script and music. As a part of the directorial team, he helps to cast the vision and implement this vision into live productions. Rich also enjoys performing on the stage.
Mindi works with her husband, Rich, to help produce and provide direction for Arise Collective Theatre in various ways both on and off the stage. She helps to bring vision and initiative to ACT, including a lot of behind-the-scenes work. She enjoys working with her husband and children to see the Kingdom of God advanced through the arts, and to see people use their God given-gifts and talents to share life-changing truth with others.
Grace brings artistic direction and creative vision for Arise Collective Theatre. In addition to performing, she leads the wardrobe department and works on the directorial team. Grace is passionate about bringing the Word of God to life and using the arts to further the Kingdom of God and draw people closer to Him.