Regent University seeks to serve as a creative and spiritually uplifting place where people connect with others who are working in media and the performing arts in a learning environment. On the pages below, you will discover a few of the many artists and professionals who have shared their lives and experiences with us. In 1744, Italian philosopher and historian, Giambattista Vico, offered an apt account of the mission of a story-teller: “Now this is the three-fold labor of poetry (story-telling): (1.) To invent sublime fables suited to the popular understanding; (2.) to perturb to excess (entertain) with a view to the end proposed; (3.) and to teach the vulgar to act virtuously.” As Christians, we join with others to develop our gifts, our talents and our lives in ways that will help make a redemptive difference in the lives of others through the creative and prophetic power of story.
Industry Speakers & Guests
|Tony Hale||Doug Gresham||Rebecca St. James||Brian Davidson||Ben Stein|
SAFD Certified Teacher
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.
SAFD Fight Master, Faculty: Julliard
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.
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.
Director & Cinematographer
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.
SAFD Fight Master, Faculty: North Carolina School of the Arts
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.
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Pastor, Charismatic Leader, Visionary, Provocative Thinker, and Entrepreneur
Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter's House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas.
Named "America's Best Preacher" by Time Magazine, Jakes' voice reverberates from the world's most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, T.D. Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the oppressed.
Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain's 100 Most Influential Black People and EBONY's Power100. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, greeting cards and conference series.
Bishop Jakes made his presence felt in Hollywood with the release of "Jumping the Broom," a romantic comedy that debuted as the #1 comedy and #3 overall in 2011. Rounding out a prodigious year, Jakes also completed "On the Seventh Day," the first sequel in the "Woman Thou Art Loosed" franchise as well as the remake of "SPARKLE," both set for release in 2012.
With his wife of 30 years, Thomas Dexter and Serita Jakes are parents to five children and two grandchildren. He credits his own parents as the source of his perseverance and sense of selfreliance.
After 35 years in ministry, Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation, inspiration, and influence in Christendom today.
SAFD Certified Teacher; Faculty: Regent University
Michael Kirkland, MFA, Ph.D., an SAFDCertified Teacher, serves as head of the MFA Acting program at Regent University where he teaches acting, movement, and stage combat. He has guest taught at RADA and Birmingham School of Acting in England and has staged fights for Houston Grand Opera, Houston Shakespeare Festival, New Stage Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre and professional and educational venues around the U.S. He is author ofStage Combat: An Annotated Bibliography (Praeger, 2006).
SAFD Certified Teacher, Faculty: Christopher Newport University
Gregg Lloyd is an SAFD Certified Teacher, professional actor and director. As a professional actor and fight director, Gregg has worked around the country from Chicago to Dallas in all types of venues including regional theaters, rep companies, amusement parks, and Medieval Times. He recently staged the fights for the Virginia Stage Company's Romeo and Juliet and currently serves as professor of acting and stage combat at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
SAFD Fight Master
Scot is an actor, director and nationally recognized SAFD Fight Director. He has choreographed, performed and instructed Stage Combat around the U.S. Southeastern credits include the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Alliance Theatre Company, The Atlanta Opera, The Georgia Shakespeare Festival, The Seaside Music Theatre, The Hippodrome Theatre, and the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills. Mr. Mann is the founder, Executive Director and Master Instructor of the Atlanta Stage Combat Studio, a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and holds an MFA in Acting through the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Managing Director of Burning Media Group
Former director of marketing for Tommy Hilfiger, Gordon Pennington is an international consultant to corporations, governments and institutions. As a lecturer on cultural communications, Pennington has spoken at the annual International Arts Movement conference in New York, and has addressed screenwriters on the theme of "Culture and Media Influence" for the Act One Screenwriters program. He has lectured at Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, and several other universities. He currently serves with Burning Media Group in New York
Elluz has been a “novella” or Latin American soap opera actress for over thirty-five years. She is a movie connoisseur and now in yesHEis. She has been called to make her talents available to serve God, through her scripts, directing and producing many of the videos you can now see in yesHEis in Spanish.
Certified Stage Combat Instructor
An actress / playwright as well as a Fight Director / Teacher, Ms. Ravitts has fought, taught and/or performed in NYC, London, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Las Vegas & Washington DC. Recent fight direction includes: The Lucky Chance, Femme Fatale, Woyzeck,Romeo and Juliet, The Garden of Torment, Macbeth, Shake Battle and Roll, Hamlet and Duellists: The Forgotten Champions (Mlle. Maupin).
SAFD Fight Master
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 Night (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.
Award-Winning Producer, Director and Writer
Todd Sims is an award-winning producer, director and writer. His debut feature film, Echoes of Innocence, was released theatrically in the top 32 U.S. markets in September of 2005. The film made cinematic history by becoming only the third movie to ever be released digitally nationwide. Partnering with the nation's largest theatrical exhibition company, Regal Entertainment Group, the film was released without 35mm film prints into Regal, United Artists, and Edwards theaters. Following the groundbreaking theatrical release, Echoes of Innocence was released nationwide on DVD in 2006 to numerous retailers such as Netflix, Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery, Blockbuster Online, Barnes & Nobles, Borders Books, Amazon.com, Best Buy.com, Virgin.com, Family Christian Stores, and Wal-Mart Canada. The film entered international distribution in 2007 with initial sales in Spain, New Zealand, and Turkey.
Notable clients include NASA, Nokia, United Space Alliance (USA), Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Neiman Marcus, the Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church in America, Church Pension Group and United Technologies Company (UTC).
Wing Chun Kung Fu Certified Instructor
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.
Guest Speakers Archives:*Click on year to see more information
|Tim Bell||Michael Chin||Fran Clabaugh||Richard Clabaugh|
|Dale Girard||Michael Kirkland||Gregg Lloyd||Scot Mann|
|Gordon Pennington||Elluz Peraza||Ricki Ravitts||Richard Ryan|
|Terence Berry||Dominic Carola||Brian Davidson||Rev. Kim Dorr-Tilley|
|Pastor Jack Hayford||Hugh Hewitt||Mark Joseph||Ron Maxwell|
|The Adjustment Bureau||Doonby|
|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|
|Loving the Bad Man||Mao's Last Dancer||The Fifth Quarter||Loving the Bad Man|
|Waiting for Superman||Letters to God|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Michael Chin||Michael Flaherty||Michael Johnson||Jennifer Jones|
|Scot Mann||Marvin Olasky||Richard Ryan||Forrest Sawyer|
|James Brown||Anthony Carreiro||Catherine Crier||Mel Gibson|
|Dale Girard||Scot Mann||Charles Shuman|
|Stephen J. Cannell||Rev. Luis Cortes Jr.||Peter Engel||Ronald F. Maxwell|