Wesley Brainard

Early Years

Wesley graduated with honors from the famed Marcel Marceau School of Mime in Paris, France. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Oral Roberts University Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma with thesis research in “The Performing Arts in the Christian Church” and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Youngstown State University.

Wesley began CHARAKTER Ministry of the Arts as a student-led ministry at Oral Roberts University in 1991. After studying with Marcel Marceau, Wesley spent a short time as a part of Marceau’s professional touring company before returning to Tulsa to continue the dramatic arts ministry of CHARAKTER.


Wesley & Marcel Marceau

Wesley with Marceau, circa 1995

On location in Israel

Reading a passage of scripture on location in Israel

Creative Work

Wesley has ministered through the arts since 1989 and has been seen on television in a variety of interview and performance situations. He performed with The New Company of Marcel Marceau in a production he helped create called “An Evening in Eden” directed by Marcel Marceau. Wesley has also taught mime classes for such groups as: Oral Roberts University, Impact Productions’ cast of “The Masterpiece: A Toymaker’s Dream,” and Life Church (Formerly MetroChurch) in Edmond, OK (home of “The Bride”).

Currently Wesley travels across the country ministering through his one-man performances such as Luke Comes to Life, Acts After the Passion, and These Last Days (Hebrews) as well as teaching dance camps, holding drama and mime workshops, and helping missionary groups develop dramas for their mission trips.