In March, Theatre Journal published “The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative,” an essay exploring how Hell House is able to engineer conversions in its audience. I coin the term “salvific performative” to describe the speech act whereby one changes one’s faith. Using first-hand visits to  Hell Houses at Guts Church (Tulsa) and Trinity Church (Cedar Hill, TX), this essay expounds on work begun in my dissertation and offers an understanding of evangelical Christian performance as a change agent.

The essay can be accessed through Project Muse or if you would like a copy, please contact me.