New Concerns Arise Over Liberty University’s ‘Gay’ Choreographer as Play Opens on Campus

Goldberg LULYNCHBURG, Va. — New concerns have arisen over Liberty University’s use of a choreographer who has advocated for homosexual causes as its Department of Theater Arts opens its production of Mary Poppins this weekend.

Information provided to Christian News Network reveals that the choreographer is also a photographer whose homosexual advocacy extends into his photo shoots, which include that of a “drag superstar.” Students at Liberty took part in free photography sessions during his recent visit to the campus.

As previously reported, the university recently published an article regarding the production, which it celebrates as being the school’s “largest to date,” presented by Alluvion Stage Company, an arm of the university’s Department of Theater Arts. It outlined that “Alluvion has hired a guest music director, a flight director, and a Broadway choreographer” to assist with the presentation.

The article then focused on selected selected choreographer Geoffrey Goldberg, a New York City-based artist who has been involved with professional theater for over a decade, and traveled the country for five years assisting with the production of Mary Poppins, among others. It included a brief interview with Goldberg, as well as quotes from Alluvion’s artistic director Linda Nell Cooper. The article also featured a video from Liberty News Service, which likewise contained a brief interview with Goldberg and provided video footage of him working with students.

Goldberg’s bio on his website outlines that he recently directed and choreographed the new musical Bradley Cole. An online review of the musical explains that “Bradley Cole is enriched with contemporary issues such as … shame and confusion over same-sex attraction.” It outlines the plot, where “Ian is secretly, repressively, in love with Ben,” although one of his female friends expresses interest in him.

Goldberg’s social media pages also indicate his support and advocacy for the homosexual agenda, posting “Happy pride, everyone” on Twitter last June in recognition of Homosexual Pride Month. Goldberg is also a member of the Facebook group Marriage Equality New York, and his Pinterest page likewise features a board that includes homosexual wedding ideas.

However, it has now come to light that Goldberg also runs Geoffrey Goldberg Photography, which similarly showcases his advocacy for the homosexual lifestyle. His website features two homosexual men under his “weddings and couples” section, with one photo capturing the “couple” embracing. Goldberg’s website and Facebook page also highlight a photo shoot with “self-proclaimed drag superstar, Schwa de Vivre,” a male drag star donned in makeup and feminine apparel.

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“This winter has been a DRAG!!! But sometimes DRAG can be a blast!” he wrote as his status for the album.

Goldberg additionally shares photographs on his Facebook page of Liberty University students that participated in free photo shoots during his visit to Lynchburg, just days after posting photographs of his “drag superstar” photo shoot.

As previously reported, director Linda Nell Cooper told Christian News Network that Alluvian/Liberty University was not aware of Goldberg’s homosexual advocacy, but stated that one’s “personal life” is not a factor in the hiring process for stage productions.

“He was hired based on his professionalism and his talent like everyone else,” Cooper explained. “It never came up in the conversation, nor would it have. … We do not ask about their personal life.”

Goldberg LU IILiberty University’s public relations department and President Jerry Falwell Jr. likewise defended Goldberg’s assistance with the production, citing that employees are screened while independent contractors are not.

Although Liberty’s article still states to date that “Alluvion has hired … a Broadway choreographer,” the university also asserted that a third party was really involved, which is never held to the same standards under Liberty policies.

“The choreographer in question is an independent contractor, supplied to the university through a third party association from February 26 to March 21, who has never applied for employment at Liberty University and has never been an employee of Liberty,” Johnnie Moore, the Senior Vice President of Communications for the university, wrote. “Liberty has never required vendors who provide goods and services to the university to adhere to the university’s doctrinal beliefs.”

“To the extent Mrs. Linda Cooper was referring to independent contractors when she said the university never inquires about beliefs or personal lives in hiring, she was correct,” he continued. “For example, Liberty has hundreds of construction workers on campus right now and has no idea whether any of them share the same faith.”

However, Dr. Paul Michael Raymond of New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy and Reformed Bible Church in Appomatox told Christian News Network that Liberty’s analogy is “fallacious” as construction workers do not work closely with students and have no influence in their lives.

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond
Dr. Paul Michael Raymond

“That’s comparing apples to oranges,” he stated. “When you have someone influencing a production that you are sponsoring, we’ve got a horse of a whole different color. … A brick layer has no influence in policy … as this choreographer does very directly.”

Raymond said that he was disappointed in the way that Liberty dismissed the matter and attempted to justify itself, rather than share in the concerns and address them.

“They should have apologized for violating any Christian conscience over this fact and offered to look into the matter further instead of consistently trying to rationalize and justify their position,” he said. “I think we all have tendencies to do things amiss, and I think the right response is to rectify these problems and they failed to do that.”

“Instead of saying, ‘We need to look into this and we need to tighten up our practices and our vetting policies,’ they just justify themselves,” Raymond continued. “That’s a problem.”

Raymond said that Liberty needs to change its policies, even when it claims third-party hiring, to reflect its motto of “training champions for Christ.”

“We are to have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness. We should not stand in any kind of affiliation with the wicked,” he stated, quoting Ephesians 5:11. “[Liberty] is supposed to be the stewards of righteousness. They have to be in control of what is happening at the university.”

Raymond opined that he disagrees with the belief that the use of Goldberg serves as a ministry opportunity to win him to Christ.

“You can’t have an ungodly alliance in the first place, so that is the first biblical violation. You are not to bid them Godspeed,” he stated. “You realize that when this man comes in to control any aspect that he is evangelizing, not the university. It works the other way around. Why not then just send your children to a secular university?”

In regard to the production of Mary Poppins, which opens today, Raymond expressed disappointment that the university’s theater department “does not have a biblical worldview attached to it,” as its productions are secular in nature and not focused on the gospel.

“Why can’t they do some historical plays about the heroes of the faith?” he asked. “Could you imagine [the impact of] putting on a theatrical production about the history of Tyndale or Luther or Calvin?”

Cooper stated that “children love [Mary Poppins] because of all the magic.”

Liberty’s Director of Communications, Johnnie Moore, ignored numerous requests to respond to inquiries.

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  • Lisa

    Brandon, we are all called to minister that is out mandate. Any way you look at it this person is influencing students lives. He is obviously openly homosexual. Parents have sent or students themselves have chosen to be educated in a Christian institution – most likely with the premise of receiving Christ centred education. This is not confined to theology classes. I teach in a christian school, all my programming is prayerfully considered and Christ centred, including and particularly Drama.

    • Tori Bragg

      This is extremism. Jesus ate with sinners and spent time in their homes. Goldberg is just a man teaching some actors to dance, and he did a PHENOMENAL job (I saw the show Friday). Yes, he is a homosexual. Would you prefer it if he were a liar, or a thief, or a gossip? Sin is sin is sin. He’s not teaching these students to be homosexuals. I mean, good night, the school didn’t even KNOW about it when they chose him for this project. This production has been in the works for months and the fact that he’s gay didn’t come out until now? That shows he was doing his job, not trying to force his lifestyle onto the young actors at the university. His dancing abilities are a God-given gift, whether he believes in God or not, and whether he realized it or not, he furthered God’s purpose by working with those students and helping them build up their own God-given abilities. These students will go on to make a huge difference in the world through their acting, and Goldberg played a role in that. God is bigger than this man’s sexual choices, and his plans for these students’ lives are much bigger as well. I’m proud to go to the university that welcomed this man with open arms and didn’t judge him for his sins. Isn’t that how the church is supposed to be?

      • Gary Baker

        ((Jesus did eat with sinners))Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.(( Does any one know the difference between the sinners and the righteous,, his name is Jesus))((good night the school didn’t even KNOW about it when they chose him)) 1 thess 5 : 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you,,, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;((did they just pick some one at random and hope for the best, right. They knew he was a good teacher of the dance and close their eyes to anything else right . If you were going to hire a babysitter a really good one in this day in time would you just wait and find out later if they are a child molester would that make a difference to you, after all one sin is as bad as the other, right)) This is a Christian University ,not a Broadway play)).Eph. 5;11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them .(( If this story is true Mr.Goldberg’s abilities are not in question he’s doing his job, I don’t know the man I have no quarrel with him,, man or God,, didn’t ask me for my opinion. the ethics of the school is in question. I take no credit for the word of God,, I did not write it to God be the Glory. ((This is extremism)) Jesus was found guilty by false witnesses, beaten mocked ,stripped naked ,spit upon a crown of thorns shoved down on his head, robbed of his humanity that’s right he was a man and God! Forced to carry his cross to the point of exhaustion and physical collapse marred and scarred nailed to a cross speared, drained of every drop, of his blood and only those that were there only knows what else,, For Me,, I know for the whole world, but I take it personal! I want to serve notice to anyone on this site if being a born again, blood washed ,child of the living GOD is extremism then Praise God I’m a extremist I serve a extremely wonderful Jesus Christ,, son of God. John 4 : 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. ((Can no one discern the Spirit of God any more ? Does no one seek him any more ?

  • Rev Donald

    Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth.
    Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuality is a crime against God and against the Holy Bible. After reading this story I know why God wrote:
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: :26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: :27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

  • Cande

    Jesus said “if you love me, you will keep my commandments”. John 14:15. John 1:1 says that Jesus IS the Word of God. Romans chapter one explicitly states that laying with another of the same sex sexually is wicked. Jesus is not separate from the gospels. The WHOLE Bible is relevant to true Christians. You can’t pick what you like and disregard what you don’t like. The bible calls all sin out. The natural man is evil which is why Christians are to be reborn. (Jesus says to Nicodemus) Thus we call ourselves “born again.”
    You are not a Christian. You do not love The Word in His bible. You do not love Jesus. You love yourself. He said in the end time men will become lovers of themselves and that is what you do.

  • Brenna

    I don’t understand what the big deal is here. So the contractor is a homosexual, who cares? Unlike Christians, who feel like they must tell every person about their faith, homosexuals generally do not make a big deal about their sexuality and are not looking to “recruit” new members into their life style. This choreographer is there at the school to do a job and nothing else. If your faith is as strong as you claim then what are you afraid that some professional contact between students and teacher is going to do? Out in the real world these students are going to have contact with all kinds of people, homosexuals included. To think they are not is delusional and out of touch with the real world.

  • Shawn Kennedy

    Why don’t we kill of those whom sin. Really, no reverend is different Christ died for the sinner. TO say that it should be criminalized is wrong.

  • Davis

    Who cares? The show’s almost over as of now. I’m a student and a theatre major at that. I can tell you that even amongst theatre students, no one was aware of his sexuality until after these criticizing articles had been posted. Besides, though Alluvion is sponsored by Liberty, it is not an academic program. How far have we fallen when we refuse to even hire people who we disagree with. I get it. Homosexuality is a sin, but so are many things. Why can we not hire gays/lesbians but hire liars, cheats, adulterers, practicers of other religions, etc. This is the world. People sin. Get used to it.

  • Keith Boyer

    I’m shocked – shocked, I tell you! How dare Ms. Cooper put LU’s financial donations at risk over something as trivial as hiring someone based on their professional qualifications?

    My dear fellow Christians, if this choreographer’s personal life bothers you, please get over yourselves and your pathological need to appear holier-than-thou.