Monday, June 2, 2008

Christian Theatre Performers Advance Skills and Grow Artistic Passion this June in Azusa, California

Christian Theatre Performers Advance Skills and Grow Artistic Passion this June in Azusa, California

Christians In Theatre Arts Announces "Taking Theatre to the Next Level" Conference
LOS ANGELES, & GREENVILLE, Sc., June 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- Non-Profit Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) presents their June 10-13, 2008, conference at Azusa Pacific University, 901 E. Alosta, Azusa, Calif. This national conference, entitled "Taking Theatre to the Next Level", features challenging courses, inspiring award winning presenters, and live performances, all with the singular goal of expanding the kingdom of heaven through artistic excellence.

CITA's 18th annual gathering boasts a strong lineup of speakers, including Linda Kerns, actress and singer currently featured in the Tony Award Nominated musical Wicked, and Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., filmmaker, author, and cultural commentator, who has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, and National Public Radio. In addition, several workshops cater to a broad spectrum of interests, including: acting, dance, directing, musical theatre, screenwriting, teaching and learning through drama education, theatre in missions and worship, and theology in theatre. 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.

"This year, it's somewhat fitting that we're gathering around the corner from the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," says Dr. Dale Savidge, CITA's founding president and executive director. "Hundreds of local artists, as well as believers from around the U.S., Canada and several foreign countries will come to be inspired by ministry leaders and challenged by professional theatre artists while fostering artistic excellence."

Attendees will enjoy screenings of the award-winning documentary Laundry and Tosca, as well as Purple State of Mind, and Decalogue I. On the main stage, Dancing with My Father, a moving and inspired play, will explore facets of a father-daughter relationship. In addition, late-night improv features Houseful of Honkeys.

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About Christians in Theatre Arts
Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) is a non-profit organization impacting the world and furthering the kingdom of God by equipping Christians in theatre arts. With nearly 2,000 members, CITA encourages artists to make a real connection between their spiritual life and artistic vocation by offering a continent-wide support network of contacts, information and resources for church drama groups, individual theatre artists and professional theatre companies.

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