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The Suitcase Sideshow is based in Minneapolis MN, and is available for booking marionette fringe theater performances as well as speaking engagements.

Speaking | Support Content

“To paraphrase St Francis, “Preach the Gospel and if you must, use art.”  We need to decide whether Paul’s exhortation to “Know nothing but Christ and Him crucified,” is an eternal truth for ALL Christians or not. If it is, then for artists who are followers of Jesus, to kill their art is not an option. There is almost nothing in the Christian world like this book. Philip Shorey totally gets it. This message should be standard listening for all Christian artists!”

Dave Wilson, Founder of TACO

“Philip Shorey has poured out his soul into this debut book! Because Philip is an artist in every sense of the word his ministry style is creative and out-of-the box. I am so grateful that Philip took the time to skillfully guide and prepare others with his stories of Christ-like pursuit and trial and error shepherding. The lessons Philip has learned are truly stirring and will leave all who read them (left and right brained alike) inspired to use every gift at hand for the time is NOW!”

– Leanor Inez Ortega Till Saxophonist of Five Iron Frenzy and urban shepherdess to a wandering flock of believers and seekers.

“Philip’s passion for street storytelling is intriguing, lively and otherworldly. His desire to see Jesus made famous—in places and to people who likely will never hear the gospel story as he is gifted to tell it—is refreshing of the tallest order. This book is a powerful resource to any artistically-wired follower of Jesus seeking to engage culture way outside the four walls of church. Any artist willing to kill their art is ultimately the hero for recognizing gift is never higher than giver. God doesn’t need more gifted creatives to show off skill, He’s seeking a generation willing to surrender everything (including the very gift they’ve been given). Philip qualifies as dangerous soul with a sharp message.”

– Chad Johnson Founder of Come&Live! and former A&R of Tooth and Nail Records.

Press Releases

“Philip Shorey is a street performer and evangelist. Along with his wife Sari, they are the directors of a The Suitcase Sideshow, a traveling marionette theater that brings a message of hope and love to the far corners of the world. Their shows explore the human condition and spiritual questions pertaining to faith in Jesus, and the theater works under a non-profit, so that it can act as a gift for those seeking change in their lives…”

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“I started writing it as one book about the 100 years of puppet history in my family – of using puppets to share the Gospel. Then I was going to put all this Kill Your Art stuff at the end, as an appendix. However, I realized the material was for two different audiences: the puppet stories could be for anybody, but Kill Your Art was more specifically for ministry-minded people…”

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Art & Faith Conversations EP #11

Are You Willing to Kill Your Art?



Philip and Sari Shorey are from Steiger Ministries in Minneapolis but right now they are taking their very Retro-Carnie looking Suitcase Sideshow around Europe. Last week a few people decided to get their lives right with God after their show – fantastic! This week they will be performing at the Polish Woodstock which gets, I heard, about 500,000 people.

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Translated into 16 languages

Performed in 15 countries


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The Suitcase Sideshow is based in Minneapolis MN, and is available for booking marionette fringe theater performances as well as speaking engagements.