CITA has been integrally involved in the publication of two books, Faith on Stage: Five Complete Plays and Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. 

Faith on Stage: Five Complete Plays

A collection of five faith-based plays by five esteemed playwrights: Faith by Fire: The Spiritual Journey of Jehanne D’Arc by Sharon Daggett Johnsey; Paper Wings by Gillette Elvgren; Pilate by Mark Allen Eaton; The Queen, the Earl and the Waiting Woman by Jeanne Murray Walker; Waking Dreams by David C. McFadzean

This unique anthology offers an extraordinary variety of plays perfect for the stage, classroom discussion and every theatre aficionado’s library.
Faith on Stage: Five Complete Plays (ISBN 978-1932307-83-2, paperback, 298 pp, 5½ x 8½, $20). Published by Christians In Theatre Arts (CITA).

$20.00 plus $3.95 shipping and handling

“At last!  I’ve been waiting my entire career for such a publication.  Here is a group of experienced playwrights working at the top of their game, demonstrating for the world to see that Christians do care deeply about something as seemingly frivolous as a play.”

—Dr. Jeff Barker, Professor of Theatre at Northwestern College (IA) an
author of the award-winning Kin: the Trial of Carrie Buck.

“Christians in Theatre Arts has always been a watering hole of emerging playwrights who are experimenting with blending their faith and their writing.  As a Christian community in a story-driven generation, there is no greater asset we have than writers who can uniquely explore the Truth and Hope of the Gospel in their work.  I’m excited to see this anthology as a means of coalescing and promoting our greatest assets.”

—Bryan Coley, Artistic Director of Art Within in Atlanta, GA and
regular reader for the CITA play development program


Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue by Todd E. Johnson and Dale Savidge

Performing the Sacred is the first book-length exploration of the intersection of theatre and theology, illuminating the importance of preserving live performance in a virtual world. This compelling dialogue unfolds between a theologian and a theatre artist who revisit theatre’s rich history and paint a picture of its promising future while building bridges between theatre and Christianity.

Performing the Sacred (ISBN 978-0801029523, paperback, 176 pp, 6 x 9, $17). Published by Baker Academic. All proceeds benefit CITA’s mission to encourage and equip Christian theatre artists.

$17.00 plus $3.95 shipping and handlingTheatre reflects Christianity’s central doctrines–incarnation, community, and presence–enhancing the human experience and shedding new light on theology. The authors show how theatre engages viewers on multiple levels, including political, social, religious, personal, intellectual, emotional, and kinesthetic. In theatre, the presence of live human beings speaks of the incarnate nature of God’s redemption in Christ and the imago Dei. The communal nature of theatre models the Trinity, while the immediacy and transcendence of theatre performance draw out the presence of God in nature and grace.

Performing the Sacred encourages Christians to celebrate, embrace, and experiment with dramatic stories found in Scripture. This Engaging Culture series title will be a key volume for teaching theatre in the academy and influencing drama practitioners, worship leaders, and culture makers.

About the series: The Engaging Culture series is designed to help Christians respond with theological discernment to our contemporary culture. Each volume explores particular cultural expressions, seeking to discover God’s presence in the world and to involve readers in sympathetic dialogue and active discipleship.

“Wonderful and timely and inspiring. . . Dale and Todd have also been able to articulate and encapsulate better than anyone else the importance of theater in today’s world and why I MUST continue on this path for as long as God allows.  The book has given me thoughts and ideas of how to approach my church leaders as well so that they can better understand what I feel called to do and hopefully their hearts and minds will be open to learning and supporting us.”

—Deborah Kirby, Artistic Director, Journeymen Theatre Ensemble, Washington DC