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
SAFD Fight Master, Fight Director
Michael Chin is the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) fight master and coordinator for the SAFD's National Stage Combat Workshop. Chin is recognized as a fight master, fight director and certified teacher with SAFD. He served as fight coordinator on Broadway for the internationally acclaimed hit show Festen. Chin is a student of Northern Style Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu and currently is on adjunct faculty at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. In 2005 he won the Outstanding Fight Direction Award from the New York Theatre Fringe Festival for his work on The Lizards.
Co-founder and President of Walden Media
Michael Flaherty is the president of Walden Media, a company he co-founded with his former college roommate and the production company responsible for City of Ember, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Nim's Island, Amazing Grace, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Bridge to Terebithia, and other feature films. Before co-founding Walden Media in 2001, Flaherty developed and taught an innovative program to help students from underserved school districts gain acceptance into Boston's elite exam schools. His work has been praised in such national publications as The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe hailed him as "an entrepreneur in education." As an author, Flaherty has been published in National Review, The Boston Business Journal and American Spectator.
Fight Director and Actor
Michael Johnson has been a fight director for such companies as The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, The Lady Cavaliers, Double Helix Theatre, NAATCO/ Fluid Motion, Round House Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, The Shakespeare Project, Theatre at Lime Kiln, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Ford's Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company and The Kennedy Center. A professional actor as well, Johnson has performed at various regional theatres, on tour, on television and in feature films. He was also a stunt double for A Man Called Hawk.
Jennifer E. Jones is currently the internet producer for CBNmusic and Media Center. She is responsible for all of CBN's social networking sites such as YouTube, MySpace, GodTube, etc., and coordinates the network's podcasting on iTunes. She has interviewed many notable figures including Kirsten Dunst, David Crowder, Orlando Bloom, Queen Latifah, tobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Rebecca St. James, Cameron Crowe and countless others. Her writings have appeared on websites including Syntax Records, cMusicWeb.com and The Standard Report.
SAFD Fight Director
Scot Mann has choreographed, performed and instructed stage combat across the globe, and his credits include the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Alliance Theatre Company and The Atlanta Opera.
Editor in Chief of WORLD magazine
Marvin Olasky is editor in chief and columnist for WORLD magazine. Olasky has written 13 books of history and cultural analysis, including Compassionate Conservatism, The American Leadership Tradition, The Religions Next Door, and The Tragedy of American Compassion. He has also co-authored seven more books (including the recent Monkey Business), written seven monographs and served as general editor of the Turning Point Christian Worldview series.
Sword Master and Fight Director
Richard Ryan has been sword master and fight director for such films as The Dark Knight (Batman), Troy, Stardust, The Last Legion, The Golden Compass and the upcoming, Solomon Kane. Ryan has extensive experience providing fight training for actors to perform fights with a multiplicity of weapons and serves as Master-at-Arms to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Journalist, Moderator, News Anchor and Writer
Forrest Sawyer serves as an NBC News anchor and contributor for both the broadcast network and the 24-hour cable news network, MSNBC. At MSNBC, Sawyer is the chief substitute anchor for The News with Brian Williams. Additionally, Sawyer anchors breaking news for MSNBC and various NBC News programs including Dateline NBC and regularly hosted portions of MSNBC's Decision 2000 election coverage. At ABC, he anchored ABC World News Tonight Saturday and frequently substituted for Ted Koppel on Nightline. He earned Emmy Awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994 while with ABC-TV's, Day One and Nightline. Sawyer has received numerous honors during his career, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, five National Emmy Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Associated Press Award, an Ohio State Award and two American Psychological Association Awards.