Dave Reinhardt

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Hometown
Born and raised in Findlay, OH, USA
Moved to Charlotte, NC, USA in 1998

Education
BA, focus in Creative Writing and Theatre Performance,
Ohio Wesleyan University
MLitt, Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews
Dissertation title: A Dramatic Turn of Events: An Exercise in Theatrical Hermeneutics in the Gospel of John

Thesis topic
The Relationship Between Human Embodied Expression and the Manifestation of the Presence of God, under the supervision of Michael Partridge and Gavin Hopps.

Founded on the idea that human beings are creatures created in the image of God, this thesis
argues that every person is called and gifted by God to uniquely manifest, by way of embodied human expression, God’s presence in this world. It looks at what it means to be human (including what it means to image God) with particular attention given to the nature of human communication and draws on the insights and wisdom of those involved in theatre arts and communications training in an attempt to see what they have to say about the manifestation of meaning in embodied human expression. These insights then serve to inform and enrich the earlier theological understanding of humanity.

Other information
Prior to beginning his studies at the University of St Andrews, Dave acted as a corporate communications trainer with Ty Boyd Enterprises in Charlotte, NC while also engaging with the world of theatre and performance through his involvement with the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, where, for over a decade, he took on the role of a peasant named Darius. Additionally, he was in the cast of the Charlotte-based improv troupe,
ImprovCharlotte. Since moving to St Andrews, Dave and his wife, Carrie, have welcomed their daughters Molly and Abigail into the world, and Dave has been involved in the development of his church in St Andrews, Cornerstone, as well as serving on the church’s leadership and teaching teams.