Free and open to the public but seating is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
United is presenting* In Conversation, with guest speakers Craig Wright and Dominic Papatola, who will talk about the intersection of the arts and spirituality in the context of today’s community.
Both are graduates of United Theological Seminary who have gone far in their careers to have significant impact in the entertainment field.
Craig Wright’s gift of writing was recognized early in life being awarded a Jerome Fellowship at age 21. He has maintained close ties with the Playwright Center and had several plays produced at The Jungle Theater. Wright moved onto bigger projects with plays such as Recent Tragic Events, Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty and The Pavilion which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He weaves theological depth into all his work, whether for stage or screen. In an interview with Marty Hughley of Portland’s newspaper, the Oregonian, Wright says that “being a writer and a minister aren’t such different jobs, both are creative outlets for articulating questions.” 
Wright is also known for his work in television, writing and producing such HBO hits as Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sistersand Lost. In addition, he has been writer/producer for Dirty Sexy Money and Tyrant. Currently, Craig is writing and producing Greanleaf, with Oprah Winfrey airing now on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and Netflix.
Dominic Papatola is, by day, a senior program officer with the Otto Bremer Trust, a St. Paul-based philanthropic organization serving Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. By night, Papatola is the theater critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and has covered the arts landscape for publications ranging from American Theatre to the New York Times. He has taught arts journalism across the country and served as juror and chair for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama numerous times. United is honored to have Dominic Papatola as a member of its Arts Advisory Committee.
*Generous thanks to the In Conversation co-collaborators!