Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's New Year! Make Some Christian Arts Connections

Here are some great ways to connect with what is happening in the Christian Arts World:



These events will include - competitions in various categories; interaction with hundreds of other Christian theatre artists; auditions and interviews with college theatre representatives; and workshops with renowned actors, dancers, composers, producers, and more! Register Now! Click Here.


  • Family Friendly Theater in New York
New Victory Family Workshops
Looking for an engaging activity for the whole family? New Victory Family Workshops at the New 42nd Street Studios (where Broadway shows rehearse!) create opportunities where kids and adults explore the arts in an unforgettable way. Inspired by shows at The New Victory Theater, families learn exciting new skills, share lasting memories and play in unique, hands-on discovery sessions – no experience necessary!

Puppet Making - Saturday, February 23 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Create your own puppet friend using craft materials and a variety of found objects. Inspired by Grug, “Puppet Making” is best for ages 3-6.

Shakespeare - Saturday, March 9 at 10:30 am and 4:30 pm
Discover the wit within the writings of William Shakespeare through theater games and dramatic play in an introduction of techniques performed onstage. Inspired by The Acting Company’s As You Like It, “Shakespeare” is best for ages 10 and up.

Clowning - Saturday, March 23 at 12 pm and 4:30 pm
Invent your own unique clown persona and create an original comedy routine. Inspired by Bello Mania, “Clowning” is best for ages 6 and up.

Sound Effects and Foley Design - Saturday, April 6 at 12 pm
Use sound and music to define the mood and enrich the story of your own imaginary world. Inspired by Intergalactic Nemesis, “Sound Effects and Foley Design” is best for ages 8 and up.

Families are welcome to come before or after the show or on a separate day. Taught by a professional ensemble of New Victory Teaching Artists, New Victory Family Workshops are at the New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street) and cost $12 for members and $17 non-members. About these and other family workshops: http://www.newvictory.org/Workshops.aspx. For more information, contact Arielle Katz at akatz@new42.org or (646) 223-3065.


    • The Episcopal Actors’ Guild and The Lambs Club Present: Music from the Lambs
      The Lambs Club, America’s oldest professional theater club, brings their tradition of song and merriment to Guild Hall for a concert benefitting the Emergency Aid and Relief Program of The Episcopal Actors’ Guild.
Founded in Delmonico’s Restaurant in 1874, The Lambs Club remains active, meeting every Friday night for their popular “Low Jinks” concert series, held in their historic space at 3 West 51st St.  For this event, Lambs Club cabaret veterans will perform their favorite hits from the American songbook, with all proceeds going to help local actors in need. This concert also offers the unique opportunity to hear this wonderful music inside EAG’s intimate, historic theatre space atop the landmark Little Church on 29th Street. 

Set to perform are Marc Baron, Gini Dustin, Linda Fields, Rita Hammer, James Martinelli, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Frank Torren. Paul Chamlin will sing and serve as the accompanist. The night’s MC is Scott Glascock. This event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

When: Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 7 pm

Where: Guild Hall - 1 E. 29thSt. - New York City, NY 10016 (b/w Fifth Ave. & Madison Ave.)

Trains: R/N @ 28th St.; 6 @ 28thSt.

Tickets: Suggested Donation of $10 for EAG members and $15 for non-members

Reservations: (212) 685-2927 or matt@actorsguild.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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