Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Things You Should Know About

Compassionart hosted an unprecedented gathering of award winning songwriters. Pictured above, from left, Matt Redman, Paul Baloche, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick, Steven Curtis Chapman, Israel Houghton, Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Andy Park, and Martin Smith and Stu Garrard (Delirious?)

Exciting things are happening for Christians in the Arts. Here a few highlights:
· The Compassionart songwriters (pictured above) composed 18 songs from which the royalties will be used to alleviate suffering worldwide. Funds now are being raised to record a CD. For more information, go to http://www.compassionart.co.uk/.
· Christian actor Rich Swingle will perform his “Beyond the Chariots,” a dramatic interpretation of the later life of Eric Liddell from “Chariots of Fire” during the Olympics in China. The trip kicks off with a performance of the piece at Westchester Chapel Community Church in White Plains, NY on Feb. 23. For more information, go to http://www.richdrama.com/
· Friday is the deadline to register with earlybird savings for the Lillenas Drama Arts Conference in Kansas City April 24-26, 2008. This is one of the best places to get training from some of the top Christian artists around, so don’t miss out! For more information, go to http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/lcol/index.jsp?nid=qlink.
· Switchfoot concluded its 34-city Appetite for Construction Tour with Relient K and Ruth in Everett Dec. 3 and announced that more than $100,000 had been raised for Habitat for Humanity.
· “A Touch of Encouragement” is a new website from Martha Williamson who was behind the “Touched by an Angel” television series. Check it out at http://blog.beliefnet.com/MarthaWilliamson/
· The two brothers who directed "Facing the Giants" now are working on another cinematic release – "Fireproof," starring Kirk Cameron – about saving a failing marriage. Cameron offers evangelism training in California next April. See http://www.wayofthemaster.com/ for more information.
· The newest fun from Veggie Tales is in theaters with “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.” For the latest on all the movies, check out http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies.
· The April 2008 issue of CCM Magazine will be the last print edition. News will continue online at http://www.ccmmagazine.com/.

Please pray for and support these efforts by Christians reaching out through the arts!

1 comment:

Rich Swingle said...

Thanks for including me in this post. Here's a link that will take people directly to the event on the 23rd: http://RichDrama.com/WCCC.

Thanks again!

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Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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