Our mission is to challenge young people to do great exploits in the Kingdom by utilizing excellence in the Arts to transform lives. Arts Evangelica students take the Arts out into the community and beyond - to orphanages, elderly homes, special needs schools, homeless shelters, and yes - to the nations! We incorporate all of the Arts but we specialize in dance worship and we teach children to draw near to God as a part of their training. Arts Evangelica students progress from beginners to pre-professionals, studying Classical Ballet/Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Drama, Voice and more in a Christian environment of excellence. No child is turned away due to finances and the school provides financial assistance when needed. Arts Evangelica re-writes Classical Ballets and Fairytales and reclaims them for God's glory with Jesus as the hero. The school also produces original scores and scripts for Musical Theatre productions. These productions are created to be evangelical and can easily be adapted to fit on a dirt floor in a small village or onto the finest stage in a large theatre - wherever God leads. We encourage our students to pursue the Arts as a career and to use them to spread the Gospel worldwide.
Lisa Kidd is the Founder and Director of Arts Evangelica. She and her Dance Company of “Mighty (Wo)Men” are known for glorifying God through dance, a legacy spanning over three decades. What started as the Lisa Kidd Dance studio has developed into the International Ministry of Arts Evangelica. Passion for Jesus, Wonder and Adventure are the heart of Arts Evangelica and Lisa has an innovative approach to teaching. She trains her students to excel in dance, drama and music and to be “ambassadors” of Arts Evangelica - to the poor, homeless, elderly, orphaned and those with special needs. Lisa loves to work with all ages and encourages her students to do great exploits which have taken her family and her dancers throughout the US and abroad to Israel, Nicaragua, Europe, South Africa and other parts of the world. Their mission is to share God’s love and to glorify Him in all that they do, both on and offstage.
Lisa graduated Summa Cum Laude with BFA and AA Degrees in Dance (specializing in Classical Ballet/Pointe and Modern), Drama and Music (Vocal Performance). Her work has been recognized by Dance Teacher Now and Today’s Christian Woman magazines. Recently, a testimony from Arts Evangelica’s Israel mission was published in the book Intercession Through Creative Expression by Joern Lange and Lisa also had the honor of endorsing the book.
Arts Evangelica is about family. Lisa is married to Grady who is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Arts Evangelica. The couple combines their gifts of dance, drama, music and art with their love for Jesus to create performances that are radiant with worship. They have two sons, Gray and Liston who are also gifted in drama and music. Gray is married to Karen, an Arts Evangelica Dance Company alumna. The entire family is actively involved in the ministry and most recently, for Arts Evangelica’s Beauty and the Beast, they joined Lisa and Grady on the stage. Gray performed the role of Jesus and Karen was featured as The Rose and danced to an original score written and performed by Liston. They got an outstanding review by their biggest fan, the Kidd family’s newest addition, grandson Grayson James Kidd. Grayson will make his debut at Arts Evangelica this season and will join the Kidd family and dancers for Mission Philippines!
Susanna Sutton is the Assistant Director of Arts Evangelica. She began dancing at the age of three and has trained at Arts Evangelica for over 20 years. She has been an active Dance Company member for over 10 years. Susanna has both performed and gained teaching experience in a variety of dance styles through ministry opportunities with Arts Evangelica and other organizations around the world. Most recently, Susanna was the visionary and choreographer of Arts Evangelica’s original Christian version of Beauty and the Beast in which she performed the role of Belle and her husband Sam the role of the Beast. Susanna and Sam share the Arts Evangelica vision to spread the Gospel to the local Triad community and beyond through dance.
Karen Kidd began her dance training at Arts Evangelica at the age of 5 and studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap and clogging. She performed principal roles in The Journey, The Tree, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, and Swan Lake. In addition to her training at Arts Evangelica, she trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz at Weaver Academy in 2004-2005. She also attended MasterWorks Festival’s summer dance program in 2007. Karen performed with Arts Evangelica in collaboration with Project Dance in both New York City and Jerusalem, Israel. In 2015, Karen moved with her husband, Gray, to Holland Michigan to join “Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet.” There she continued her ballet training and performed regularly throughout the community at churches, elderly homes, theaters and prisons. Her favorite roles in the company were a doll in the classical ballet, Petrushka, and the lead role in an original contemporary ballet, Healing of the Soul. After a break from her formal dance training to welcome her son, Grayson, into the world in 2017, Karen returned to Arts Evangelica in 2018 as a guest artist to perform the role of "The Rose" in Beauty and the Beast. Later that year, she performed in a show with the Chicago-based "Tapestry Dance Company," as well as choreographed and performed several ballet components in The Glory and Majesty of Christmas with the Webb family in Shipshewana, Indiana. At the start of 2019, Karen and her family moved back to the Greensboro, NC area where she returned to Arts Evangelica to teach until the arrival of her second son, Aiden. Now she looks forward to both teaching and training with Arts Evangelica in the upcoming 2019 season.
Angie Hodge and Karen Younger are parents of Arts Evangelica students (Dance Company members Kaylea Hodge and Ashton Younger). This "Dynamic Duo" volunteers their time just so they can have their daughters attend the school - that "says it all" for our ministry and what it means in the lives of our families. Mrs. Angie and Mrs. Karen are well known at Arts Evangelica as The Lobby Team and they manage the office of the school with excellence and dedication. They are the radiant faces you will often see as you check in your dancer and they are always working behind the scenes to help make Arts Evangelica shine for Jesus.