“By reenacting saints’ lives, performer hopes to inspire”

Marcia Whitney-Schenck

Marcia Whitney-Schenck poses in her St. Thérèse of Lisieux costume. The actress also portrays Mother Cabrini and Teresa of Ávila. Brian J. Morowczynski/Catholic New World

My piece appears in the Catholic New World, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Here’s the lede:

Many Catholics strive to emulate the lives of saints; one woman actually knows what it is like to be one — sort of.

Marcia Whitney-Schenck, who holds a master’s in art history from the University of Chicago, has researched, rehearsed and developed a theatrical repertoire of holy women: St. Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897) and Mother Cabrini (1850-1917). With minimalist costumes and staging, Whitney-Schenck portrays the saints in interactive, multimedia presentations.

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