Marlene Dickinson is a dancer and choreographer who has worked for the past 25 years at the intersection of Christianity and the arts. She is passionate about honoring the Lord through artistic excellence and encouraging others to this end. For ten years, she served as Director of Theater Arts at The Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis where she directed dramas and productions and choreographed new works, most often using dance as another form of story telling for teaching, outreach and worship. As an independent choreographer, Marlene has developed several original pieces to precede and support the talks of nationally known Christian author and speaker Dr. Lori Salierno,
Founder of Celebrate Life International (www.celebratelife.org). Marlene has choreographed or performed in more than 25 musicals and revues for theaters, colleges, schools and churches. Favorite shows include “Hello, Dolly!” “The Music Man” and “Joseph…” As a musical theater actress, she worked on numerous cruise ships throughout the Caribbean, and at Indianapolis’ Indiana Repertory Theater and Beef and Boards Dinner Theater, among others. Marlene has been on several extensive tours of the far East, Germany, and Hawaii with Operation Appreciation, a Christian U.S.O. type ministry, sharing music, dance and drama to reach out to soldiers all over the world.
She was a full scholarship recipient and summa cum laude graduate of the Northern Kentucky University Theater performance program. She has served on the Board of Directors of Christians in Theater Arts, an international network of Christian artists (www.cita.org). Marlene lives in the Atlanta area with her husband of 22 years, Curtis, and their children, Lily and Tommy. They are active members of First Baptist Church Woodstock under the exemplary leadership of Dr. Johnny Hunt.