R. Jared Staudt works in the Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Denver. He earned his BA and MA in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and his PhD in Systematic Theology from Ave Maria University in Florida. Staudt served previously as a director of religious education in two parishes, taught at the Augustine Institute and the University of Mary, and served as co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera . He and his wife Anne have six children and he is a Benedictine oblate.
Kelly’s imaginatively daring and often politically acerbic plays have been performed worldwide and translated into nearly forty languages. In a relatively brief but wide-ranging career that spans stage, television, radio and film, award-winning plays include Osama the Hero (2006), Taking Care of Baby (2007), for which he won the John Whiting Award and Best Foreign Playwright from Theater Heute, Orphans (2009) and Matilda the Musical (2010), which won both a Tony and an Olivier for Best Book of a Musical. Plays for young audiences include Our Teacher’s A Troll (2009) and DNA , which in 2010 became a set text on the English Literature GCSE syllabus. Kelly co-wrote the award-winning BBC 3 comedy Pulling (2006-2009) and his Channel 4 television drama, Utopia (2013-14) won the International Emmy for Best Drama Series.
In many ways this was the most exciting period of modern art, when everything was still possible and when the "machine" was still viewed exclusively as a friend of man. Artists in Paris produced a string of new styles, including Fauvism, Cubism and Orphism, while German artists launched their own school of expressionist painting. All these progressive movements rejected traditionalist attitudes to art and sought to champion their own particular agenda of modernism. Thus Cubism wanted to prioritize the formal attributes of painting, while Futurism preferred to emphasize the possibilities of the machine, and expressionism championed individual perception.