About Us

Looking for good drama? Click somewhere else.

That's because RileysDiner - your online destination for relevant church drama - only offers great drama. Our mission is to change lives through the power of storytelling.

Every script has been meticulously written and edited. We take seriously the lesson learned by David in II Samuel 24:24 when he realized that genuine sacrifice carries a cost. To paraphrase, he vowed that he would not offer God something that cost him nothing.

Great scripts cost time. Time to create compelling characters. Time to polish convincing dialogue till it sparkles. Time to think through the right setting.

We invest the time in getting our scripts right for churches and people who will invest the time to perform them right. Great stories speak to people. We pledge to spend our time creating great stories, and we trust you'll spend the time breathing life into these scripts.

You can find moldy-cheese drama anywhere on the Internet. Hey, a lot of it's even free. We won't serve that stuff here.

Bon appétit.

Meet Our Writers
Michael Leathers

Michael Leathers is the founder of RileysDiner. A member of The Dramatists Guild of America, he has worked for more than 20 years as a professional writer, journalist and communicator. He is a four-time winner in the Christians in Theatre Arts' annual sketch-writing contest. He was one of the featured writers at a comedy workshop co-sponsored by Chicago Dramatists and The Second City Training Center in May 2008. His script, "Is This Seat Taken?," was produced at The Second City's Donny's Skybox Studio Theatre with Second City actors.

He has been recognized by the Baptist Communicators Association for feature writing, news reporting and interpretive reporting. He is a member of Fellowship Church in Springfield, Illinois. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Judson University, a Christian liberal arts school in Elgin, Illinois, but that was a long time ago.

Teri Kistler

Teri Kistler serves as creative director at Grace Church in Powell, Ohio, where she assists in designing services and writing and directing drama for the church. She won the 1998 Christians in Theatre Arts' annual sketch-writing contest for comedy with "To Thank ... Or Not to Thank." Several sketches on RileysDiner can be found in her full-length play "Temptation." She has a bachelor of arts degree in communications and theatre from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

When she isn't at home or church, Teri can be found at Caribou Coffee working on her Semi-Great American Novel. Teri lives in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, David, and sons, Jonathan and Andrew. Her life verse is Galatians 6: 9-10.

David Brown

David Brown walked on stage in a chorus role for the high school musical in his junior year after being shoved by the person behind him because he had frozen in stage fright. Since then, he has been involved in more than 50 productions, ranging from feature-length shows to short dramatic sketches, as either actor, director, designer or writer in community, educational and faith-based settings. His most recent ventures have been as a director, actor and acting teacher for Blue Ridge Community Church in Virginia and some backstage work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Virginia. His poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in various newspapers, magazines and Web sites. David holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in religion and is currently plotting his next move in life. He and his wife live in Virginia. David is a member of Christians in Theatre Arts. His thoughts on the intersection of faith, art and culture can be found at his blog, Unobtrusive Lucidity.

Some of Our Scripts
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A Mother's Hands
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Teri Kistler
Can you picture your mother's hands?
Cast: 1 female. Run time: 3 minutes. Price: $9.00.
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Getting Off Tract
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Michael Leathers
Sharing Jesus is more than memorizing magic formulas.
Cast: 2 females. Run time: 11 minutes. Price: $13.00.