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.
STEPHEN J. CANNELL
Writer, Producer and Chairman of Cannell Studios
Stephen J. Cannell is an award-winning writer and producer and chairman of Cannell Studios. He has written for several crime shows such as Ironside and Columbo. Noted for sophisticated, character-driven writing within genre formats, Cannell has created or co-created nearly 40 different (mostly) crime drama shows including The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings and The Commish. In the process he has scripted more than 350 episodes and produced or executive produced more than 1,500 episodes. Cannell has also acted occasionally, including a regular supporting role as "Dutch" Dixon on his series, Renegade . In recent years, he has turned his attention to novels. As of 2008, he has written 14 novels.
REV. LUIS CORTÉS JR.
President and CEO of Esperanza USA
Reverend Luis Cortés Jr. is the president and CEO of Esperanza USA, a network of Hispanic Christians, churches and ministries committed to raising awareness and identifying resources that strengthen the Hispanic community. Cortés also serves as the founder and president of Nueva Esperanza, Inc., the largest Hispanic faith-based community development corporation in the country.
Writer, Television Producer and Actor
Peter Engel, is a television producer best known for his teenage sitcoms which appeared on TNBC, a former Saturday morning block on NBC which featured all teenage-oriented program for educational purposes. His most well known work was the sitcom Saved by the Bell, which inspired the birth of the TNBC block for his other shows such as California Dreams, Hang Time and City Guys in the 1990s. For a period of time, he also served as the dean of the School of Communication & the Arts at Regent University. His latest project was being executive producer of the NBC reality series Last Comic Standing.
RONALD F. MAXWELL
Writer, Director and Producer
Ronald Maxwell is an Emmy-nominated writer and director. His films include Gods and Generals and Gettysburg. Maxwell founded the Garden State Players where he wrote, produced and directed dozens of plays and musicals. He earned an undergraduate degree in theatre from New York University (NYU) and a graduate degree from NYU's Institute of Film and Television.