Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Christian Arts News

A new faith-based production company in New York, 11th Hour Films & Productions, has a vision to create stage plays, films and television programs that explore the struggles and influences of faith on culture and life. 11th Hour seeks to bring family-friendly programming back to the mainstream & tell stories of triumph, hope and freedom with an emphasis on the youth/young adult generation.
Auditions for actors/actresses, dancers and vocalists have been announced for an upcoming stage play entitled, Surface about a woman who faces truth while her life hangs in the balance. The story is interwoven with a soulful blend of music.

Auditions will be held at the end of the month for committed Christians who have a serious desire to use their talents to glorify God.

For further information contact Eren Moore at em11thhourfilms@yahoo.com or 917-863-3088.

Christian actor Allen Edge is appearing in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson at the Cort Theater, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.Chicago, running May 7-June 7. For more information visit: http://www.courttheatre.org/home/index.shtml or call the box office:(773) 753-4472.

The Stoop Concert Series at the Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th St., NY, presents indie artists Jason Harrod and Sarah Lentz co-headlining with folk rock singer/songwriter Caleb Hawley 7:30 pm Saturday, May 16. The event will be hosted by Chris MacIntosh (a.k.a. Grandfather Rock) of WCWP Radio. Doors open at 7:30; showtime is at 8pm. While the concert is free, The Stoop will provide free tote bags to those making the suggested donation of $12.

The Stoop venue and concert series is presented by Music Forum of Church For All Nations, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Music Forum of Church for All Nations is sponsoring the series and providing the venue as a contribution to the cultural and spiritual life of Hell's Kitchen
For more information, visit http://www.thestoopny.com/.

The Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival will be held for the
second-consecutive year at the LifeWay Conference Center in Ridgecrest, NC from May 31-June 4.

Christians in the media arts can learn from experts in the industry while networking with other actors, screenwriters, producers, graphic novelists, graphic artists, directors, singers, songwriters, radio hosts, publishers, filmmakers, writers and novelists. The conference offers opportunities for beginner to professional.

The Gideon faculty is comprised of Christian producers, directors, writers, artists, musicians,
actors, DJ's, performers, speakers and teachers and are chosen for the Gideon, not only for
their accomplishments and expertise, but for their servant's heart.

For more information, go to: http://www.gideonfilmfestival.com/.



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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 (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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