Friday, May 27, 2011

The Lights Are Bright on Broadway Awards

It's time to let us know which people and shows you think have made a difference through their Christian faith.

Masterwork Productions, Inc. bestows the annual The Lights Are Bright on Broadway Awards each year for individuals and organizations reaching out in the Broadway community. Has someone touched your life? Did a show make you think about God or faith differently? Let us know.

Send us your nominations, along with information links to  While many individuals or organizations may be having an impact in other theater community, this award is for those making a difference in the Broadway community only.
Nominations EXTENDED TRHOUGH JUNE 3. Award recipients will be announced June 15.

Last year's recipients were Max McLean for his interpretation of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters Off-Broadway and Kia Corthron, author of A Cool Dop in the barren Saharan Crick at Playwrights Horizons. In 2009, recipients were Dan Gordon, author of Irena's Vow on Broadway and Cheryl Cutlip, founder of Project Dance in Times Square.

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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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