Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Registration Opens for CITA Conference

Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) presents its 18th annual conference June 18-20 in Downtown Orlando, Fla.

This national networking conference, entitled "Citizen Artist: Theatre Serving Community", features challenging courses, inspiring presenters and live performances, all with the singular goal of fostering artistic excellence. CITA's 18th annual gathering boasts a strong lineup of speakers, including Dr. Joel Hunter, pastor of Northland Church in Orlando.

Other speakers include Terry Olson, director of Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs, as well as Dr. Todd E. Johnson, a lead professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In addition, several masterclasses and workshops cater to a broad spectrum of interests, including: acting, writing critique, theatre in theme parks, medieval mystery plays, leadership, technical solutions for staging passion plays and design on a budget. Participants from congregations, academic institutions, and theatre companies as well as individual theatre professionals, will further benefit from relevant panel discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

"In this summer of economic hardship, with arts groups and artists facing unprecedented challenges, CITA is committed to facilitating a gathering of Christians in theatre to encourage them to carry on with their calling," said Dr. Dale Savidge, CITA's founding president and executive director. "Attendance this summer will be a challenge to artists as they conserve their resources and focus on survival. CITA has reorganized the Orlando gathering with an eye to economy: we've shortened the conference, secured sponsorships and cut registration and lodging costs. We hope many theatre artists will join together in June for mutual encouragement and preparation to go forward in the important work of integrating faith with theatre!"

Attendees will enjoy performances by Orlando's own SAK Improv comedy show as well as performances at other local theatres. For registration information, visit http://www.cita.org/.

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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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