Theatre Director/Director of Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center: Christopher Greco
After I graduated from Brandeis University with an MFA in Playwriting, former headmaster, Barry Koops, invited me to become LCA's first ever dedicated theatre faculty from 1992-1998. I eagerly returned in 2013 after the grand opening of the 430-seat Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center, having served as an arts and worship pastor during the intervening 15 years. While pastoring, I had the privilege of creating an original musical with Canadian worship leader, Brian Doerksen, based on the parable of the prodigal son. (www.prodigal-god.com). I serve as the Pastor of Worship at Calvary Chapel in Chelmsford, and I am also two courses away from a masters in counseling degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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There’s a genuine sense that theatre cannot be “taught” but rather “caught”. This is why play production, the extra-curricular component, is central to the teaching of theatre. Theatre is a uniquely collaborative field populated with distinct roles on stage and off, all of which can be bona fide vocational callings. In three mainstage productions a year, we learn by doing stagecraft: lights, sound, movement, set design, props, costumes, and of course, writing, directing, and the ritualized reenactment known as acting.
The curricular program provides students with a foundational structure to contain the live learning that takes place in production. Coursework offers students an opportunity to gain vocabulary, context, and methodology; to skill build, to reflect, and to consolidate. Any one of the students might discover a lifelong calling in the performing arts at any point, so we take it all quite seriously. At the same time, most students are simply in it for the fun of doing something creative, and very unlike the rest of the school day. So we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Ultimately, theatre is not about the lights and the costumes, the tickets and the programs. It is about two-way communication. Theatre is about reach and response. Theatre is about risk and integration of the new experience. And hence, theatre is about faith and community.
To study the history of theatre is to study an uneasy partnership between religious faith and the performing arts. How appropriate that we do much of our learning/teaching in the recently completed Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center because it is the cross of Christ that answers this age-old conflict definitively. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us – how theatrical in scope and in process!
The Cross Crew is a circle of parents who offer their gifts and energy to help LCA theatre students to shine.
- Set Design/Build/Paint with Mr. VanderBrug and Becky Rusk
- Costumes with Penny Sparrow
- Box Office with Linda Perez
- Cast & Crew Hospitality with Mr. Greco
Your every contribution, big and small, is most appreciated.