Saturday, September 5, 2009

This is Our Labor -- Of Love!

Masterwork Productions, Inc., a Christian organization reaching out through the performing arts. (For my full bio, scroll to the bottom of the posts on this page.)

Masterworks produces shows, presents, supports and represents Christian performers for bookings and provides training through conferences and customized workshops for church drama and worship teams.
Our artists:
(author of comedy sketches and "Adventures in Odyssey," award winning actor and screenwriter. Performances, workshops, conference tracks.

MARTHA BOLTON (Emmy-nominated writer for Bob Hope, Kathy Troccoli and others as well as being Brio magazine's "Cafeteria Lady"). Bookings and training through conferences and customized workshops for church drama and worship teams.

ERICA LANE, talented singer, song writer, worship leader. She's featured on the reality TV program "Inspired Ambition." Her music video "One Song" has just been released. Book her special Christmas tour now!

TRACIE CARLOS, worship leader and speaker
with a heart for the artist
and for women.
Workshops and retreats.

BILL COOPER, talented musician, vocalist, writer and worship leader. Former lead singer for the band Jumping Ugly, Bill can lead worship at your church and conduct workshops to take your artists to the next level.

We also have two high quality dinner theater scripts available for production at churches: Getaway to Chipaway featuring original music and a message, perfect for a church outreach or youth group event and The Seasons of Friendship, four sketches following the friendship of two women with options for adding your own music or other elements, perfect for a women's outreach event or retreat.

Our reviews of Broadway and NY theater are the only source for a professional review combined with added Christian perspective. Read them at

Visit our our home page at or contact us at

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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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