‘How to support the creative mind as a church.’
As an independent Producer of JC Productions and the Founding Director of Hollywood Prayer Network, Karen produces films and television specials. She also speaks and teaches around the US and internationally on how people of faith can pray for the people in the entertainment industry.
She is currently in development for the feature film Charley Parkhurst and is a National Board member of the Producers Guild of America. She is also the co-author of three books: How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out, The J Bomb (the updated version) and The Day I Met God. She is a graduate of USC in Theatre Producing. She loves capturing the hearts of people and inspiring them to change their world.
Karen will be hosting a workshop on ‘The importance of personal prayer for the artist.’
‘How to Flourish as a Creative.‘
Murray Watts is the Founder and Director of The Wayfarer Trust, a charity based from Freswick Castle in Scotland that ‘works with people in the arts and media to provide strong encouragement and powerful creative and spiritual inspiration.’ A well-known British playwright and screenwriter, Murray is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Miracle Maker, and the screenwriter for the film of the same name, featuring Ralph Fiennes and Julie Christie.
Watts was a co-founder of Riding Lights Theatre Company. With his company, Wayfarer Productions, Watts recently launched three new theatre productions which appeared to wide acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including Mr. Darwin’s Tree, The Kiss and First Light. All three plays transferred to the King’s Head Theatre London.
Murray will be hosting a workshop on ‘Creative and Spiritual Freedom.‘
‘Renewing Your Mind: Reimagining the Spiritual Disciplines in a Digital Age’
Dr Sara Schumacher is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology & the Arts at St Mellitus College. Sara studied at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (University of St Andrews) and completed a doctorate on contemporary church patronage of the visual arts.
While at St Andrews, Sara co-founded and served as editor-in- chief of Transpositions, an award-winning website that publishes articles related to art and theology. Prior to postgraduate work, Sara trained and worked as a graphic designer in a variety of professional settings and continues to enjoy all things art-related.
Sara will be hosting a workshop on ‘Renewing Your Mind: Reimagining the Spiritual Disciplines in a Digital Age.’
They say digital technology is changing our minds, literally. What does this mean for us as humans, as artists? What does the renewal of our minds in this new age look like? In this seminar, Sara will help us re-imagine the age-old spiritual disciplines for life in a digital world. Drawing on the work of theologians as well as sociologists, she will explore the points of intersections, divergence and how artists might contribute to the flourishing of all.