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Guest Speakers

Regent University's School of Communication & The Arts (SCA) seeks to serve as a creative and spiritually uplifting place where people connect with others who are working in media and the performing arts. Each year, SCA welcomes an amazing cast of industry professionals. On the pages below, you will discover a few of the many artists and professionals who have shared their lives and experiences with us.

Industry Speakers & Guests

Tony Hale Doug Gresham Rebecca St. James Brian Davidson Ben Stein

 

SUMMER 2014

Dave Berg
Producer

Description: RobertGLeepromoDave Berg was a co-producer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Jay Leno Show (18 years), The O'Reilly Factor and NBC News. He has also worked as a reporter, anchor, executive producer and bureau chief for various local and network television news organizations. He has written for such publications as USA Today, Reader's Digest, National Review, The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller and Crisis magazine. He also writes jokes and speeches for politicians, politicos and other public figures. He was a consultant to the late Frank Pastore and a regular guest on his award-winning radio show in Los Angeles. He has a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University and an M.S. in journalism from Kansas State University. He and his wife Mary live in Valencia, Ca. They have two adult children, Melissa and David.
http://www.getbehindthecurtain.com/index.html


SPRING 2014

Tim Bell
SAFD Certified Teacher

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Tim Bell is an SAFD Certified Teacher and a professional actor and stuntman. Tim has been performing, teaching, and choreographing stage combat for more than ten years. He has performed as an actor and stuntman for television and film, live stunt shows, and outdoor dramas. Tim appears as DHS Agent Sanchez and served as assistant stunt coordinator on the film Eyeborgs.
http://tbellstunts.com/

 

 

Paul Burke
Fight Coreographer/Coordinator

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Originally hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Paul Burke is a full member of Stunt Guild Ireland and an Instructor with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. He has done choreographed fights for theatre, television and movies. Theatre fight choreography includes Ages of the Moon (world premiere) by Sam Shepard, National Theatre of Ireland and Off Broadway, Billy Roche's Lay me down softly (world premiere) directed by Wilson Milam and Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant by Tom Murphy. In 2008 Paul was Fight Coordinator and consultant for the Irish Television Docu-drama Feuds which covered the Modern Irish Traveler/Tinker communities' clan rivalry's which commonly result in bare knuckle boxing matches and can result in all out faction fights. Recent film/tv work includes Vikings which debuts in March on the History Channel. Paul was also Assistant Coordinator to Richard Ryan on the forthcoming Film Hammer of the Gods.

 

T. Fulton Burns
Director of Acting & Performance

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Fulton Burns is the Director of Acting & Performance at the University of South Alabama's Department of Dramatic Arts. Prior to his arrival at USA he instructed at The University of Montana and Illinois College. He attended Winthrop University where he earned his BA in Theatre and completed his graduate work at Western Illinois University (MFA) specializing in Directing for the Stage. His directing credits include, but are not limited to, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Compleat Works of WLLM SHKSPR: abridged, The Serpent, and Man of La Mancha. He has received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's Certificate of Merit for his work as a Director with Amadeus and Anything Goes.

Also, Burns has worked professionally with Moises Kaufman as an assistant director, along with the Living Theatre and Cirque du Soleil's production of Quidam.
http://www.southalabama.edu/drama/faculty/fburns.html

 

Jill Matarelli Carlson
SAFD Certified Teacher

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Jill Matarelli-Carlson, an SAFD Certified Teacher, is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University and teaches Movement, Stage Combat, Acting, and Theatre History. She has worked as an Entertainment Cast Member for Walt Disney World and co-founded The Odyssey Express Touring Theatre Company. She has worked professionally all over the United States as both an actor and fight choreographer.
http://theater.gmu.edu/faculty/carlson.html



Michael Chin
SAFD Master Instructor/Coreographer

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Michael G. Chin is a professional actor (AEA, AFTRA, SAG) and is a sanctioned Master instructor and choreographer with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is a student of Northern Style, Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu. Chin serves as fight director in residence for both The White Horse and Pan Asian Rep in NYC. He has taught/choreographed/consulted in the NYC area on Broadway, NYU, The Public and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Nationally he has worked at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre, Brown University, and Yale School of Drama, among others. Chin currently teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, Juilliard, and teaches privately for Fights4, all in New York City.
http://www.summerslingnyc.com/

 

Fran Clabaugh
Editor

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Fran Clabaugh began her Hollywood career as an Assistant Editor at Action International Pictures where she quickly gained an understanding of the art of action editing. Since then she has worked as a full editor on the action feature Little Chicago and the sci-fi action thriller Eyeborgs. She has conducted editing workshops for the Jacksonville Film Festival and is co-owner of Crimson Wolf Productions, an independent production company located in North Carolina. Currently she is editing the feature film Nightmare Box, shot in London, England by Director Jon Keeyes.

 

 

Richard Clabaugh
Cinematographer, Director

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Richard Clabaugh has been a cinematographer and director on numerous features and worked with such talents as Russell Crowe, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Ben Affleck, and Peter O'Toole. He was the director of the feature films, Python, Little Chicago and Eyeborgs. He is an instructor at the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking and president of Crimson Wolf Pictures, a North Carolina based feature film production company.
http://www.rclabaugh.com/



Dale Girard
SAFD Certified Fight Master

Description: RobertGLeepromo

Dale Girard is a certified fight master with the SAFD and Fight Directors Canada (FDC). He is also co-founder of the North Carolina Stuntmen's Association; author of Actors on Guard; and director of stage combat studies for North Carolina School of the Arts. Dale appears in the role of Sankur and served as second unit director and stunt coordinator for the film Eyeborgs. Dale is currently serving as stunt coordinator on Gary Wheeler's The Trial starring Matthew Modine.
http://dalegirard.com/

 

Kevin Inouye
SAFD Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor

Description: RobertGLeepromo

Kevin Inouye (SAFD Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor and workshop Assistant Coordinator) is a theatre instructor and SAG-AFTRA performer, currently teaching at William & Mary and other area schools but soon to be Assistant Professor of Acting, Movement, & Stage Combat at the University of Wyoming. An award-winning fight choreographer and sole proprietor of Fight Designer, LLC, Kevin also has his first book coming out in June, The Theatrical Firearms Handbook.
http://kevininouye.com/

 

 

Richard Ryan
Fight Director/Coordinator

Description: RobertGLeepromo

Richard is an award winning Fight Director. His credits include Stunt Coordinator on Ironclad, Rolling Thunder and Faintheart. Fight Coordinator on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Gulliver's Travels, Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Knight (winner SAG Best Stunt Ensemble & Taurus Stunt Award Best Fight). He was Swordmaster on The Eagle, Solomon Kane, Drona, The Last Legion (nominated for Taurus Stunt Award). Perhaps his best-known film work is Troy, for which his Achilles vs Hector fight was nominated for Best Fight in both Taurus World Stunt Award & MTV Film Awards.'Master-at-Arms' to The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art he has accumulated over 300 stage credits and has worked for many major companies such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Ireland, Royal National Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, York Theatre Royal and Mercury Theatre, Colchester along with various West End shows and National Tours.
http://www.stagefight.com/Stagefight.com/Home.html

Dave White
Martial Arts Instructor

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Dave White is a certified Instructor in Wing Chun Kung Fu and has been teaching for over 20 years. He is a 26 year Law Enforcement Veteran and served as a "Point-Man" on a Hostage Rescue Team. He has taught and created programs for many law enforcement and military groups. He has worked as a tactical consultant for the Discovery Channel's Spy Tech, Dominion Pictures, and The FBI files. He has worked on many student films at Regent University. He will be continuing his training in acting at the actor's place in Va Beach, VA. Along with acting he has recently written, acted, and directed a small film titled "Wiseman" which will showcase local actors and his non-classical version of Wing Chun in several fight scenes. He is working towards starting a business that involves self defense, fitness, and a program to teach actors tactics and fighting skills for film.

Mike Yahn
SAFD Certified Teacher

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Mike Yahn is a Certified Teacher through the Society of American Fight Directors, a partner in Combat Incorporated, and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His fight choreography has been seen at Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, Theater for a New Audience, the New York Film Academy, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York University, NYC Fringe Festival, the New England Shakespeare Festival, Close Combat Instructional Videos, and the Pirates of the Caribbean toy commercials. Hooked on stage combat ever since he saw Fight Master J. David Brimmer pretend to destroy a man's face with an invisible cannon ball, he has worked as Brimmer's assistant both on and off Broadway in such productions as Spring Awakening the Musical, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Bug, and Speed the Plow. He is also an instructor of Wing Tsun (Wing Chun) kung fu, traveling from Hong Kong to Budapest studying the art (including a demonstration on Discovery Channel's Fight Quest). He currently runs his own branch of City Wing Tsun in NYC's East Village and last year stunt doubled Mark Strong on the film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr.
http://www.mikeyahn.com/

 

Robert G. Lee
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter

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Robert G. Lee is already known in the entertainment industry as Hollywood’s top warm-up comic. This veteran of 1,000 episodes of such shows as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Just Shoot Me, Becker and The Drew Carey Show is considered to be the reigning king in this very specialized profession. Robert has written, produced and starred in six stand-up comedy specials and has been seen on the Bananas Comedy series, on Showtime’s The Joke’s On Thee, VH1’s Stand Up Spotlight, Comic Strip Live and a variety of roles on such sitcoms as Wings and Perfect Strangers. Robert has also written many Veggie Tales videos such as “Little Joe,” “Gideon” and “Sheerluck Holmes.”

http://www.robertglee.com/

 

Corbin Bernsen
Actor, Director, Producer

Corbin Bernsen stars as Henry Spencer on the USA Network’s hit original series Psych, now starting its third season.  He was first catapulted to stardom during the 1980s by the hit NBC TV show L.A. Law, and from the late 80’s to early 90’s, he appeared on over 50 magazine covers and earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, hosted Saturday Night Live, and appeared on Seinfeld and The Larry Sanders Show.  Most recently, Bernsen has moved to the other side of the camera, writing, directing and producing the films Carpool Guy, Donna on Demand, Dead Air, and the recently released film Rust.  
http://corbinbernsen.com/

 

John Ratzenberger

Actor, Drector, Producer

John Ratzenberger is an actor, director and producer. John’s work for Pixar, as well as his parts in Superman and The Empire Strikes Back, makes him the 6th most successful actor of all time, as measured by a total box office of over $3,000,000,000. Ratzenberger is also best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the sitcom Cheers. John produced and hosted “Made in America”, a show for the Travel Channel, which established a television precedent and led the way for a new series of shows including: “Dirty Jobs”; “Deadliest Catch”; “Ice Road Truckers”; and more.

http://www.ratzenberger.com

 

Karen Covell

Co-founder of The Hollyood Prayer Network, Producer

Karen Covell

Karen is a television producer, Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) and co-founder and producer for JC Productions, an independent television and music production company. She has had extensive experience producing TV specials, documentaries and children's programming. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a founding member of PREMISE, and a board member of the Biola University Media Task Force.

http://www.karencovell.com/

 

Ron Maxwell

Awrd-winning Writer/-Director

Ron Maxwell

Ronald F. Maxwell is an independent film director and writer from Clifton, New Jersey. He is most famous for writing and directing the American Civil War epics Gettysburg, 1993 and Gods and Generals, 2003. He graduated from New York University (NYU) Institute of Film 1970. Maxwell is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

http://www.ronmaxwell.com/

 

 

FALL 2013

Craig Forrest

Documentarian, Emmy-Award winning production teammember for "The Amazing Race" Season 7

Craig D. Forrest (born July 13, 1956) is an American filmmaker best known for producing, directing and lensing shows, stories and documentaries that often have involved difficult or dangerous overseas locations while exploring unique subjects ranging from voodoo to holocaust to silent film. Forrest's projects for notable TV and cable networks have been considered diverse in that his body of work encompasses various genres across a broad spectrum, including non-fiction, investigative journalism, sports, music and journeys of faith. Various projects and shows he has produced or directed have earned numerous video awards, most notably a CINE Golden Eagle.

http://craigforrest.com/

 

Todd Sims

Producer, Founder of Fusion Productions, SCA Alumnus

Fusion Productions was founded in 1990 by Todd Sims and his wife Gina M. Sims. Todd, two months out of college, and Gina, just starting her junior year, acquired the rights to a small local cable television series for only $600. The Brownwood Lion Football Review was Fusion Productions' first venture into professional video production. They turned a profit through ad sales and went on to produce and direct two additional television news programs, one being awarded a national ACTS award. Since then, Fusion Productions has produced numerous projects in the U.S. and abroad earning thirty domestic and international awards for excellence in production.

http://www.fusionflix.com/

 

Cheryl McKay
Screenwriter, Book Author, SCA Alumna

Cheryl McKay has been professionally writing since 1997. Cheryl wrote the screenplay for The Ultimate Gift, based on Jim Stovall’s novel. The award-winning film stars James Garner, Brian Dennehy, and Abigail Breslin and was released in theaters by Fox in 2007. The Ultimate Gift won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, received three Movieguide Nominations, winning one of the Ten Best Family Films of 2007, and won a CAMIE Award, for one of the Top Ten Films of the year. Cheryl also wrote the DVD for Gigi: God’s Little Princess, another book adaptation based on the book by Sheila Walsh, as well as the Wild and Wacky, Totally True Bible Stories audio series and books with Frank Peretti. She wrote a half-hour drama for teenagers about high school violence, called Taylor’s Wall. It was produced in Los Angeles by Family Theater Productions. She wrote a script called Greetings from the Flipside, commissioned by Art Within, after winning a year-long fellowship. It’s currently being adapted into a novel for B&H Publishing (with Rene Gutteridge). Her screenplay, Never the Bride, has been adapted into a novel for Random House Publishers and was released in June 2009. The film version is in development. She also wrote the screenplay for A Friend for Maddie.

http://purplepenworks.com/

 

 

 

 

Guest Speakers Archives:

*Click on year to see more information

2013

Speakers

 

Paul Burke Michael Chin Fran Clabaugh Richard Clabaugh
Ryan Davidson Craig Forrest Dale Girard Kevin Inouye
Casey Kaleba Michael Kirkland Marianne Kubik Gregg Lloyd
Cheryl McKay Richard Ryan Todd Sims Dave White
       

2012

Speakers

 

Dean Batali Belhaven University Dancers Tim Bell Michael Chin
Fran Clabaugh Richard Clabuagh Dale Girard Danny Gokey
Hugh Hewitt Bishop T.D. Jakes Michael Kirkland Gregg Lloyd
David & Tamela Mann Scot Mann Gordon Pennington Elluz Peraza
Ricki Ravitts Richard Ryan Todd Simms Dave White

 

 

2011

Speakers

 

Terence Berry Dominic Carola Brian Davidson Rev. Kim Dorr-Tilley
Pastor Jack Hayford Hugh Hewitt Mark Joseph Ron Maxwell
John Sullivan      

 

Screenings

 

The Adjustment Bureau Doonby    

 

2010

Speakers

 

Jacki Armit Crystal Cameron Carolyn Castleberry Michael Chin
Richard Clabaugh Bobby & Kevin Downes Rick Eldridge Tim Finch
Denis Finley Stan Foster Dale Girard Efrem Graham
Douglas Gresham Oh Yeon Ho, Ph.D. Rebecca St. James Wes Llewellyn
Gregg Lloyd Derek Leonidoff Scot Mann Sean Tuohy
Michael Ward, Ph.D. Darren Wilson    

 

Screenings

 

Loving the Bad Man Mao's Last Dancer The Fifth Quarter Loving the Bad Man
Waiting for Superman Letters to God    

 

2009

Speakers

 

William Ball Jr. Jeff Blumenkrantz Phil Cooke Loren Cunningham
Cassi Davis Keith Flippen Wendy Grittith Sam Haskell
Jason Illian Jars of Clay Kimberley Kennedy Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
Cristobal Krusen Gene Loving Max Lucado Josh McDowell
Steve Morales Deborah Norville Jerry Rose J. Scott “Skip” Rudsenske
Marianne Savell Sherri Shepherd Phil Stacey Ken Wales
Kristi Watts Lee Webb Bruce Wilkinson Karyn Williams
Pat Williams      

 

2008

Speakers

 

Chris Auer Jeff Blumenkrantz Terry Botwick Danny Carrales
Richard Clabaugh Tim Conway John Dedakis Rick Eldridge
Bill Ewing Michael Gaunt Jack Gilbert Monica Giminez-Grillo
Tony Hale Ton Halleen Dennis Hassell Victoria Jackson
David Kinnaman Wes Llewellyn Karen Long Paul Long
Rob Loos Dick Mann Cheryl McKay Mary Lou Quinlan
Tim Scott & Will Decker Mike Sinclair Ben Stein Michael Ward, Ph.D.
Natalie Wenninger Lynn Wilford Scarborough    

 

Screenings

 

22 Weeks      

 

2007

Speakers

 

Geoffrey Alm Mark Atteberry Chris Auer Dr. Ted Baehr
Dean Batali Dr. Sybril Bennett Thom Black Cindy Bond
David Brimmer Michael Chin Tim Conway Melissa Dogero
Dr. Gary Edgerton Michael Gaunt Carol Jaudes Michael Johnson
Jenny Jones Colleen Kelly Brian Kilmeade David Kirkpatrick
Michael Landon Jr. Earl Lestz Derek Leonidoff Anthony De Longis
Dick Mann Cheryl McKay Daniel McKenricks Randy Pease
Mary Lou Quinlan Tim Robertson Charlie Rose Scott Ross
Joe Saitta Tim Scott & Will Decker Mike Sinclair Jackie Matthews Snow
Ben Stein Nedra Talley Jason Upton Eduardo Verastegui
Ken Wales Michael Ward, Ph.D. Natalie Wenninger Lynn Wilford Scarborough

 

Screenings

 

Ten Commandments  

 

2006

Speakers

 

Clifford Christians Michael Chin Louise Duart Per Holmes
Michael Johnson Jeff A.R. Jones Coleman Luck Scot Mann
John McFarland Nic McLean Chris Mitchell Bill O'Reilly
Rikki Ravitts Squire Rushnell Jason Russell Richard Ryan
Ralph Singleton Stephen Walker Randall Wallace Terry Weber
John Wynne      

 

2005

Speakers

 

Michael Chin Michael Flaherty Michael Johnson Jennifer Jones
Scot Mann Marvin Olasky Richard Ryan Forrest Sawyer

 

2004

Speakers

 

James Brown Anthony Carreiro Catherine Crier Mel Gibson
Dale Girard Scot Mann Charles Shuman  

 

2003

Speakers

 

Stephen J. Cannell Rev. Luis Cortes Jr. Peter Engel Ronald F. Maxwell