SOURCE: Carole Marie Publicity

May 05, 2008 09:32 ET

Christians in Theatre Arts Hosts June Conference in California

Theatre Artists Gather to Advance Skills and Grow Artistic Passion

LOS ANGELES, CA and GREENVILLE, SC--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Non-Profit Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) presents its annual conference June 10-13, 2008, at Azusa Pacific University, 901 E. Alosta, Azusa, Calif. This national networking conference, entitled "Taking Theatre to the Next Level," features challenging courses, inspiring presenters and live performances, all with the singular goal of fostering artistic excellence.

CITA's 18th annual gathering boasts a strong lineup of speakers, including Robert Smyth, producing artistic director of Lamb's Players in San Diego. 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.

For registration information, visit www.cita.org/ca2008 or www.cita.org.

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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