Guest Speakers

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

FALL 2012

Dean Batali
Writer, Producer, Executive Producer of That 70s Show

One of today’s most articulate voices for faithful engagement in culture, Dean Batali, is best known for his work on That ‘70s Show, where he served as a writer for seven years and as an executive producer for the show’s final season. Dean also wrote for the initial two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as for a number of other successful shows (Duckman, Hope and Gloria, The Half-Hour News Hour, and The Adventures of Pete and Pete) and has been key in the development of many young TV writers in Hollywood today.


David & Tamela Mann
Gospel Artists, Actors, Speakers

David and Tamela Mann are gospel artists, actors of Tyler Perry's hit television series Meet the Browns, on TBS, national speakers, and hosts of the new TV show, Hanging With The Manns. .This husband and wife pair, who have always worked together professionally, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows (Spring 2013). They have four children together: three daughters and one son.



Tim Bell
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.


Belhaven University Dancers

The Belhaven University dance department's national accreditation, experienced faculty, biblical worldview, and beautiful facilities set it apart from other college dance programs. The mission of the dance department is to prepare students spiritually, technically, academically, and artistically to move into the world of dance and affiliated careers in adherence with the mission of the university.


Michael Chin
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 the 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

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
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.


Dale Girard
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.


Danny Gokey
Singer, American Idol Finalist

Danny Gokey is an American country music singer and church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol.[1][2] After his placing on the show, Gokey signed to 19 Recordings and RCA Records Nashville at the beginning of a career in country music, releasing the single "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me." His debut album, My Best Days, was released in March 2010.


Hugh Hewitt
Radio Talk Show Host with Salem Radio Network

An outspoken Republican, evangelical Christian, he comments on society, politics, and media bias in the United States. Hewitt is also a law professor at Chapman University School of Law.


Bishop T.D. Jakes
Minister, Author, Screenwriter, Educator, 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.

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 disenfranchised.


Michael Kirkland
SAFD Certified Teacher; Faculty: Regent University

Michael Kirkland, MFA, Ph.D., an SAFD Certified 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 the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Shakespeare Festival, New Stage Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre and professional and educational venues around the U.S. He is the author of Stage Combat: An Annotated Bibliography (Praeger, 2006).


Gregg Lloyd
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.


Scot Mann
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.


Gordon Pennington
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 Peraza

Elluz has been a “novella” or Latin American soap opera actress for over thirty-five years. She is a movie connoisseur and now is 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.


Ricki Ravitts
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 and Washington DC. Recent fight direction includes: The Lucky Chance, Femme Fatale, Woyzeck, Romeo and Juliet, The Garden of Torment, Macbeth, Shake Battle and Roll, and Hamlet and Duellists: The Forgotten Champions (Mlle. Maupin).


Richard Ryan
SAFD Fight Master

Richard is an award winning fight director. His credits include stunt coordinator on Ironclad, Rolling Thunder and Faintheart. He was the fight coordinator on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Gulliver's Travels, Sherlock Holmes, and The Dark Night (winner SAG Best Stunt Ensemble & Taurus Stunt Award Best Fight).

He was Swordmaster on The Eagle, Solomon Kane, Drona, and The Last Legion (nominated for a 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 the 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.


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.


Dave White
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.


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