Actors in curtain call

Secondary Festival

Save the dates! Our 2018 East Coast festival will be January 25-27 in Charlotte, NC at Carmel Christian School. Our 2018 West Coast festival will be February 15-17 at Asuza Pacific University in Azusa, CA. We’ll also be piloting a Texas mini-festival February 23-24 at University Baptist Church in Waco, TX.

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CITA Secondary Festival LogoAt CITA’s Secondary Festivals, students get to:

  • Sharpen their skills through performing for and getting feedback from theatre professionals,
  • Take performance workshops,
  • Talk with representatives of theatre programs at Christian universities and colleges,
  • Meet other Christian theatre students and artists from around the region.

Students in public, private and home school settings are invited to attend! Teachers and parents have the opportunity for fellowship and networking.

Learn more about the typical festival schedule and events, including performance and competition requirements. Come back after October 1 to download registration forms for Winter/Spring 2018 festivals.

What participants have said:

“Our students have participated in the CITA Eastern States Festival for several years, and it continues to be a highlight of our school year. The Festival is well-organized, and provides a healthy environment spiritually and professionally. The adjudicators strive to make significant and encouraging comments to every student. A most worthwhile investment for our Theatre and Music Departments!”

-Joan Gast, Artios Academies of Gwinnett, GA

“I had the privilege of attending CITA festival this past year for the first time. To say it was an incredible experience would be an understatement! I had the opportunity to perform several pieces in different categories and felt the exhilaration of performing, but in a fear-free and encouraging environment. The competition itself was organized, exciting, and busy every day! When we weren’t performing, there were awesome workshops about acting, improv, singing and so many other topics to attend.

“This weekend was different than other musical theatre competitions I have participated in, because of the obvious Christian feel. I expected the judges and leadership to have this attitude of course, but I was surprised at how friendly the other groups of students were. It felt so cohesive between groups; despite the fact we were onstage competing against one another! When performing in finals, I felt supported by the entire audience, and it was a feeling I’ll keep with me forever. I learned so much through the insightful judges, and can hardly wait for another great year!”

-McKenna, student participant

The Festival guest artists in January 2017 were Grace Morgan and Daniel Berryman. They served as keynote speakers, master class instructors, and competition adjudicators. 

Grace Morgan is a professional actor based in New York City. Most recently she was on the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera performing the role of Christine Daae twice a week. Other credits include Sandy in Grease at Forestburgh Playhouse and Anne in A Little Night Music at Indiana Repertory Theater. Grace met her husband, Daniel Berryman at the University of Michigan where they both attended college for Musical Theater. In school, she performed the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, and Diana in All’s Well That Ends Well. Grace’s voice can be heard on numerous Broadway Jr. albums for Music Theater International including The Sound of Music Jr, Singing in the Rain Jr, and Pirates of Penzance Jr. Grace and her husband Daniel are passionate about their ministry in the arts and sharing the love of Jesus with other performers.

Daniel Berryman is a professional actor living in New York City. Most recently he performed the role of Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Before that he made his Off-Broadway debut as Matt (the boy) in The Fantasticks. Other credits include: Tony in Westside Story at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Ambrose Kemper in Hello, Dolly! at the MUNY, Ciccio in The Most Happy Fella at the Goodspeed Opera House, Marius in Les Miserables and Charlie in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Theatre Aspen, Mark Cohen in Rent at the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady at the Heritage Theatre Festival. A native of Seattle, Daniel is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he met his sensational wife, Grace Morgan. They are a part of Trinity Grace Church on the upper west side of Manhattan. He is passionate about living in Christian community and about reconciling the tensions that exist between performing and God’s call to do the work of Christ in the world.