In CHURCH, Young Jean Lee transforms her life-long struggle with Christianity into an exuberant church service. This church of celebration is designed to test the expectations of religious and non-religious alike. Never content with simple parody, Lee’s aim with CHURCH is to give herself and her audiences a true religious experience.

  • Photos Ryan Jensen
  • Video Documentation Dean Moss/Gametophyte, Inc.

Written and directed by Young Jean Lee
Produced by Holly Golden and Reuben Saunders



  • Greg Hildreth
  • Karinne Keithley
  • Weena Pauly
  • Katie Workum
  • Anna Shapiro
  • Megan Stern


  • Brian Bickerstaff
  • Katy Pyle
  • Stephanie Pistello


  • Greg Derelian


  • Dramaturg Mike Farry
  • Choreographer Faye Driscoll
  • Scenic Design by Eric Dyer
  • Costume Design by Normandy Sherwood
  • Lighting Design by Mark Barton
  • Sound Design by Matthew Tierney
  • Stage Managed by Sam Seymour

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
January 2009

The Public Theater / Under the Radar Festival, New York
January 2008

Performance Space 122, New York
April 2007

Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New York (Workshop)
March 2007


CHURCH was co-produced by the Vienna Festival 2008, Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, and Performance Space 122. Additional co-producer BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. CHURCH is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Walker Art Center, in partnership with The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe, and the National Performance Network. NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the
Arts (a federal agency). For more information: This project was supported by Jerome Foundation.

At the Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, the show was co-produced by Timothy Childs.