Executive Director

Dr. Dale Savidge, North Greenville University, Greenville, SC –
Dale Savidge photoDr. Dale Savidge is Executive Director of CITA, Christians in Theatre Arts, an organization he helped found 30 years ago. He earned two Masters degrees in theatre and a PhD in English and Theatre (from the University of South Carolina). In 1996 Dale launched Associates and Savidge, an arts management organization for professional actors ( He is the founder and Executive Director of the Applied Theater Center ( where he practices as a drama therapist and creates programming for people with disabilities, in detention centers, in drug rehab centers and with foster children. He is the coauthor of  Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue.  He resides in Greenville, SC with his wife Tammy, a registered nurse, and together they are the proud parents of 6 children (3 by birth, 3 by marriage), and 9 grandchildren.


Luann Jennings, arts educator and entrepreneur, Waco, TX –
Luann Jennings photoLuann attended her first CITA conference in 1992, and CITA has been an important part of her development as a theatre artist and Christian ever since. Luann recently relocated to Waco, TX, where she is working to encourage artists and build the kingdom of God through the arts through several projects in development. Before moving to Waco, she lived for 14 years in New York City, where she founded and ran the arts ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, in their innovative Center for Faith and Work. After eight years at Redeemer, she departed to found Christian Arts Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Advocates (CAELA), which has been part of her ongoing efforts to help artists build creative businesses that are sustainable and fruitful. Luann also served for five years as a staff member for Baylor University’s semester-in-New York program. Before moving to NYC, she lived for 12 years in Atlanta, where she worked professionally as a theatre director and founder of Atlanta’s FirstStage, a theatre for young audiences and families, and served her first stint as CITA’s administrator. Before moving to Atlanta, she got an MFA in directing from the University of Tennessee and a BFA in acting from Baylor University.