Monday, August 25, 2008

Exciting Happenings!

Masterwork Productions will sponsor two regional events in New England this fall. The first is a networking/training time for worship and music leaders from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Burlington, Williston Church of the Nazarene in Williston, VT.

A representative of LifeWay Publishing will be on hand for a time of training and an opportunity to sample some of the latest product available. Bring a bag lunch, get to know some others in ministry in this area. Cost is $28 and each attendee will receive free materials, a chance to win some door prizes and a $20 credit toward a $50 purchase. Don't miss an opportunity to equip yourself and build your resources right here in New England!

Masterworks will fly Rory Noland in to conduct a "Heart of the Artist" retreat from 9am to 4pm Saturday, Oct. 25 at Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, CT. Bring your whole team and anyone else from your church who sings, plays an instrument, is involved with drama or writes for a time of worship and learning with one of the nation's foremost worship leaders. The investment will yield eternal dividends for you and your congregation. The cost? Only $40 (includes lunch).

For more information or to register for these programs, email Also, if you're located in New England, but not close enough to attend and would like to see either of these events in your area, let us know!

We're also excited to present a stage reading of our new dinner theater this fall at Community Alliance Church in Hinesburg, VT this fall. More details coming soon. Fall looks exciting, doesn't it?

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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 ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

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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