“Art has always reflected culture and it also influences culture. It is time for art to reflect its very source, our Lord Jesus Christ, and draw our culture to Him.”
Kenneth Noster has worked as an actor, director, and teacher in Theatre and related arts since 1973. His acting experience is diverse, including: Classical, Modern, Musical Theatre, Mime, Story Theatre, and Film. He has directed traditional theatre and mime and has experienced a diversity of opportunities to teach his craft. He and his wife, Marlane, ran a touring Mime Theatre, travelling across much of Canada for eleven years. Witnessing first-hand the many challenges to faith and morals experienced by artists, Ken and Marlane perceived a need to develop a school where students could learn the arts in the context of their faith and right thinking. A solid program of training and personal formation would make it possible for artists to work and thrive amidst the challenges of our culture. Living Water College of the Arts is the result of a decade of intensive work and personal investment in response to that need.
A farm boy by birth, Kenneth left the pastoral environment in his late teens, in favour of the creative gifts he was discovering, to study and to work in Theatre. He spent the first decade of his acting profession living in major cities, but was continually drawn back to the natural environment of farm life. In the 80’s he began to balance his acting career with farming and ranching, and thrived creatively, spiritually, and physically. Ken and Marlane have raised their 6 children on the family farm.
He writes articles and speaks at seminars and conferences on issues of education, the arts, and family life. He is Director of WISDOM Home Schooling, founded by him and Marlane in 1995, and Kenneth was named president of Living Water College of the Arts in 2007. In 2008 he was ordained a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Edmonton and was appointed to serve three local parishes. He credits the grace of God, excellent staff, and loving support from his family as the only means by which he is able to fulfill his daily tasks.