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. I eagerly returned in 2013 after the grand opening of the 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 Luke 15. (www.prodigal-god.com). I serve as the Interim Pastor of Worship at Antioch Church of Waltham, and I am also a master's level counselor with a degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Incubator Summer Theatre Project
Wednesday July 18, 2018
The Summer Incubator Project returns to the Cross Center for the third year running! Wednesday, July 18. 7 p.m. Free admission. Six LCA graduating classes are represented in the company.
This year we have two hot-off-the-presses one acts by Trina Schell '20. "Cabin" is about down-and-out young people who make some bad choices to try to escape poverty. "The Back Room" explores the end of a difficult relationship, raising the question, can anybody walk away from betrayal and act as if something real never really happened?
And Michael Burrowes '16 is back with a rewrite of his mind-bending fourth-wall-breaking comedy about the consequences of trying to make a profit off of human emotion. For those who may have been confused by the work last year, we can promise that this year you still may be confused, but in a much deeper way.
All plays are presented as script-in-hand readings followed by an audience talk-back. The goal of our project is to give writers a group context to develop works-in-progress and for actors to learn how to make bold choices throughout the rehearsal process. The Company: Josiah Perez '15, Michael Burrowes '16, Liam O'Toole '16, Ann Rees Berry '17, Aubrey King '17, Elias Perez '18, Garrett Traer '18, Harley Rusk '19, Caleb Hong '20, Trina Schell '20.
Oh, and don't be fooled by the name of our project, the ac is working just fine in the Cross Center!
Boston Globe features "Standardize Me" in March 2016 issue. Read article here.
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.