About Experience Arts School

EAS is a Christian Arts Ministry created to train, equip, and commission artists. We train them technically, equip them spiritually and relationally. We then commission them thru performances that use arts as to expand the kingdom of God and effect positive change in our culture. We train thru: Technique classes/Production/performance-offering them ‘experience’ using their art form as a vehicle/tool for ministry. We equip thru: Our companies (spiritual formation thru weekly devotions/prayer; and relationally – learning to care for one another and work together as a team thru rehearsals) This is also where we cultivate the heart of a servant – using our gifts to bless God and others. We commission thru: Performances for both the body and the community locally/nationally/internationally.

 

OUR FOUNDER

JOANI CASTILLO

Founder, Artistic Director

Born and raised in Texas, Joani’s love for the Arts began at the age of 3 when she took her first dance class. Leading roles in school musicals, vocal ensembles, and dance team activities were merely steps to pursuing a degree in dance and theatre education from Stephen F. Austin State University.

For 14 years, Joani worked at Word of Grace Church (a 4000+ member congregation) in Mesa, Arizona where she functioned as a licensed minister directing the departments of creative service programming and theatrical arts.  With a unique calling by God and the support of her husband, Ed, she initiated and built Word of Grace’s Theatrical Arts Program from the ground up.  While serving at Word of Grace, Joani launched a Creative Arts School which supported 150 plus students; produced, directed, wrote and co-wrote multiple stage productions, toured companies internationally, and breathed life into hundreds of artistic expressions for public worship services, including dance, drama, photography, creative writing, video, painting, sculpting.

Joani is an editor, writer, vocalist, and actress, playing a major role in the movie, “Forevermore.”  Joani is also a gifted teacher.  She has addressed a wide range of people at conferences, seminars, and retreats, developing a reputation of spiritual depth and technical quality in artistic expression.  Some of her speaking engagements have included Saddleback Purpose Driven Church Worship Conference in California as well as the National Gathering Worship Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Currently, in addition to running Experience Arts School, and after functioning as the Worship and Arts Pastor for City of Grace Church for five years, Joani is now the Pastor of Central Ministries and serves on the Executive Team for the church.  Her perview includes oversight of the Hillsong Ministry School, Interns, Children, and Youth Ministries on all three of the Hillsong Phoenix campuses.

It is Joani’s passionate desire to provide quality technical and biblical instruction to artists resulting in God-empowered ministry for both the Church and the secular communities.  Joani resides in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband, Ed and her beautiful daughter Madison.  Her eldest daughter, Hannah also lives in Mesa and is actively involved in the arts and ministry alongside her new husband, Martin.