Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What's Happening in Christian Arts?

Conference time is upon us! Authors Torry Martin and Martha Bolton have just returned from the first Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival in North Carolina. I head to the Lillenas Drama Arts Conference in Kansas City this week. Registration is open and speakers and workshop sessions have been posted for the Christians in Theatre Arts Conference June 10-13 in Azusa, CA. For information, click in the following space: http://cita.org.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed opened in movie theaters Friday. Before its release it already was generating discussion about creation/intelligent design and what is and isn't being taught in our classrooms. For more information on the movie click in the following space: http://www.expelledthemovie.com
Christianity Today offers a discussion guide here: http://biblestudies.stores.yahoo.net/exnoinal.html.

It's also Gospel Music Week which culminates tomorrow with the 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Winners from 43 categories will be announced during the awards show. This year's show can be seen live across the country on the Gospel Music Channel on Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. (ET).

Max MacLean's staging of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters begins its run in Washington, DC at the Landsburgh Theater. For information, click in this space:http://www.fpatheatre.com

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The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

Lifeway: http://www.lifeway.com/article/?id=169816

Guideposts: http://www.guideposts.com/story/sandra-bullock-blind-side-football?page=0,1

Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

Lauren Yarger, Bio

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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