CITA members serve God by serving others in our communities.
They serve in many places and in many ways, including:
- Drama ministry in the church;
- Faith-based programs for the community;
- Theatre projects benefiting marginalized people;
- Simply recognizing and remembering that art ministers to the human spirit (whether or not it is specifically faith-based or service-motivated) and was created by God to draw people into a better understanding of Him, and closer relationship to Him.
The Happening is CITA’s annual event to encourage creation of new theatrical works, cultivation of emerging artists, and creative engagement with communities.
CITA was instrumental in founding the Applied Theatre Center in Greenville, South Carolina. ATC is a bridge between organizations offering programs which meet the needs of individuals and communities and theatre artists trained in a variety of applied theatre techniques.
Applied theatre is an umbrella term for many theatrical techniques which are used to better the lives of individuals, groups and communities. Through our partnership with the Applied Theatre Center, CITA is exploring how we can employ theatre in obedience to the commandment to “love our neighbors.” The goals may be spiritual, psychological, or political but our motivation is always love, first for God and then for our neighbors.
Through applied theatre we deepen our walk with Christ as well impact the lives of people in our churches and in our communities – especially people who are marginalized through disabilities or disadvantaged living situations. In Greenville, ATC is conducting theatre programs for the homeless, addicts in recovery, abandoned children in group homes, people on the autism spectrum, and others.
For more information and to get involved, visit the ATC website.