Here's what we're working on. We invite your participation and support through tax-deductible donations. Together we can create a world where every person is respected, dignity is upheld, and kindness and laughter connects us across perceived boundaries. Together we can bring the arts into communities as a conduit of change, to reimagine culture, and extend places of belonging and transformation. 


Portraits From the Human Faces Tour: Mental Health Struggles and Resilience book and tour

On Tour 2020

This book emerged from a unique Ted & Co Theaterworks tour of the play Laughter Is Sacred Space, written by and starring Ted Swartz. The play highlights his true story of grappling with the suicide of his best friend and business partner. Photographer Steven Stauffer accompanied Ted on this tour, taking stunning portraits of audience members who wanted to tell their own story of loss, or of their own wrestling with mental health.

Through striking black-and-white portraits and poignant words, readers bear witness to the struggles and incredible resilience of those impacted by mental health challenges—whether their own or that of a loved one. Together with written stories, the images capture the ethos of pain and healing, sorrow and solace.


This book will be shared with the world on a a multi-media tour with Ted, including performances and storytelling. Funds are needed to help underwrite this tour.

Can We Talk? Conversations for Change through Story and Song

On Tour 2020

Can We Talk is a rollicking 90 minutes of story, song, laughter, and moments of serious reflection around listening and conversation, especially when there is seemingly so much disagreement on issues in the church and society. The show includes classic and new material from actor/ playwright Ted Swartz and musician actor Ken Medema. 

We Own This Now 

On Tour 2020

This show is a rewrite from the original play, Discovery: A Comic Lament, by Alison Casella Brookins, performed by Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne. The play looks at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to "own" something. 

The play examines how that "ownership" came to be defined in North America. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, 

and extended metaphors, the audience learns how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples) still carries forth its mandate, causing continued harm to land and to Indigenous People today.

Funds are needed to underwrite this show so that any school, church, or community organization interested in furthering this important conversation can do so.

Meet Our Artists


Creative Director of Ted & Co


Movement Choreographer




We believe in the power of the arts for cultural transformation. We are a group of artists, edge-walkers, people who believe in the power of engaging our innate creative spark, sharing that expression with the world, and supporting others whose voices have been marginalized. 




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