To the CITA Network from Dale Savidge:
I began serving CITA in the mid-1980’s as the first president of the organization. Sometime after that, the board asked me to continue as the Executive Director. It’s hard to believe that 30 years have passed. This wonderful organization has charted the course of my career in the theatre and I have been blessed to serve dozens of board members who have guided, encouraged and challenged me. I can’t think of a better way to have lived my life so far than as the director of CITA.
It is apparent to me that, to continue its service to Christians in the theatre, CITA needs fresh eyes and younger energy. Therefore, I am announcing my retirement as the Executive Director of CITA. The Board of Directors has embarked on a six-month transition period, during which they will be meeting with a consultant and planning for the future of CITA. Luann Jennings, our administrator, has agreed to serve as the director during that interim period and I have every confidence in her ability to lead the board through that process.
God has led me into the field of applied theatre and drama therapy, which I am practicing locally in Greenville, SC, and in trainings around the country. I have experienced the power of theatre as ministry and as therapy among the marginalized people of my community. I desire to see more Christian theatre artists explore how their faith and their love for theatre might intersect in their own communities.
I encourage each of us to pray for the board, for Luann, and for the future of CITA. I believe the best and most effective years for CITA are ahead of us. So while I have deep appreciation for our history I look forward eagerly to our future.
On behalf of CITA’s current and past Board of Directors and administrators – as well as the thousands of theatre artists in academia, ministry, community work, and professional theatre who have connected with CITA over the past 30 years – it is with much gratitude that we say:
Thank you, Dale, for everything you’ve done for all of us.
If you wish to write a note to Dale, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be glad to forward it to him.
In upcoming enewsletters and blogs, board and staff members will update you on our progress as we think, talk, and pray through a vision and strategy for CITA’s next chapter. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Write us at email@example.com and your message will be forwarded to all of us.