Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Travel with Christian Artists

Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) offers a number of opportunities to connect, learn and minister.
Coming up:
The Applied Theatre Conference
will be held at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC March 25-26. Join four distinguished experts in applied theatre along with hundreds of theatre practitioners, social workers, ministers, educators, caregivers and others concerned with the welfare of people in underserved communities for two days of dynamic interaction.

Select one of four tracks (theatre and autism, theatre and social justice, theatre with the homeless and theatre in prisons) and learn new applications of theatre to impact the lives of those you serve.Whether your theater background is extensive or nonexistent; whether you are currently plugged into social work or not – this conference will inspire you and provide you with tools to become an effective caregiver to these, and other, marginalized communities.

It is not too late to join leaders Rich Swingle and Kim Messer on a trip to Jordan and Israel May 16-24, 2011! Harmony International is extending payment time for anyone interested.

The CITA San Juan Puerto Rico Conference will be held July 15-17. Join Christian theatre artists from Puerto Rico, the US and Canada and many other countries for three days of cross cultural exchange, encouragement, and equipping for the ministry of theater. Whether you are an artist working in a church, school, or professional setting; whether you are a part of a group or a solo artist; actors, directors, writers, designers, dancers, all theater artists are invited to contribute to and benefit from this dynamic gathering San Juan.

For more information on any of these opportunities, visit 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 ( 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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