"Audio dramatists develop characters but listeners develop true character."
Greetings! I’m Peter James Johnson, Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines alumnus, scriptwriter, director, producer and servant of our King. Jesus spread the Good News through stories and parables. "Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable," Matthew 13:34. I’m committed to following Christ’s example, by using redemptive audio stories to continue pointing people to the Master Storyteller.
I believe, together we can break the silence about Christ in our culture! Audio dramas compel us to use our imagination, through sound, to think about what we’re hearing; making every day biblical answers to today’s overwhelming issues…unforgettable.
As the founder of Break The Silence Productions, my passion is to discover the gifts and talents in my brothers and sisters in Christ. When Christian artists, musicians, filmmakers and more collaborate, God can impact lives through their productions, pointing the world to the original master creator who desires to continue to create through YOU!
Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines alumna and St. Joseph’s college graduate, Colleen Johnson, brings her twenty years of experience teaching children writing and many other subjects to all of the Break The Silence Productions projects. Her background in behavioral studies lends a unique approach to her writing.
Her experiences as an entreprenuer, thriving small buisness owner and Christian ministry leader have prepared her to Break The Silence for Jesus!
ReelCast Productions is committed to communicating truth with high quality visual media!
Founded in 2005, ReelCast Productions is an independent multimedia company that strives to bring high production values to wholesome, visual media.
While not every project is overtly Christian in nature, the goal is that every project will promote faith-based values and godly character. Our desire is to produce, and to be significantly involved in helping others produce dynamic, influential films.
John Fornof is a producer, director and writer for Christian radio, television and film. He's a graduate from the Act One Writing and Executive Program in Hollywood, an Emmy award winner for his television documentaries and now chairman of the Act One Alumni Association Board.
At Focus on the Family, John wrote and directed for the Adventures in Odyssey audio drama, produced The Last Chance Detectives audio series and wrote and directed for the Ribbits animated series. He also produced and adapted two books for audio dramas, Affabel and Rescued, for best-selling author John Bevere. On Rescued, John directed Roma Downey from Touched by an Angel and John Rhys-Davies from The Lord of the Rings.
John is the producer of the Lamplighter Theatre dramatic audio series, heard weekly on nearly 1,500 radio stations in twenty-three countries. His latest project -- producer, director and writer for the historical adventure audio drama, The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty: Under Drake’s Flag.
Currently he is the film consultant for the documentary, Break The Silence: Echoing the Voice of God Through Dramatic Audio.
Lamplighter Guild Alumnus Beecher Proch worked for Lamplighter Ministries International in marketing and development. Beecher is a member of the Dean’s list at Regent University. More recently he is the co-founder and producer of Broch Productions.
The goal of Broch Productions is to create feature length and short films that will spread the gospel, encourage believers, and advance the kingdom of God. Broch Productions first short film, The Visitor, was accepted as a semi-finalist into the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, which had over 1,000 attendees.
"According to Robert McKee, "Storytelling is the primary civilizing instrument in culture," He often shares Aristotle's insight: "When the storytelling goes bad in society, the result is decadence." Thus, according to McKee, "The way out, is through great storytelling. It sensitizes society to the humanity in other people. Writers of the 21st Century will have to work harder. They can’t sell out. And if they don’t sell out, they'll have the potential to do something of beauty and value." - I am a writer whose Christian worldview is expressed in each story that I tell and I am storyteller with a vision for showing the beauty of righteousness and the ugliness of sin!
As a writer, the most important training (aside from writing itself) is reading; I read constantly and very diversely. Theology, politics, social sciences, history, neuroscience, psychology as well as fiction from almost every genre - Christian and secular. I'm in love with Scripture and enjoy studying it as a masterpiece of literature - God Himself being the very best storyteller! I'm also in love with the great books - the classics: my two most favorite being Les Miserables and Anna Karenina. By studying the very best in literature, I learn how to write stories brimming with subtext and deep meaning. Of course, as a film fanatic, I study movies with almost equal passion as books and learn from the best story engine in the world, Hollywood! Studying at the Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines has also been life-transforming both on a personal level and also in terms of my writing and storytelling!
I was a voice actor in the dramatic audio The White Gypsy (Lamplighter Theatre) and worked as story development editor for the novel Under The Earth (Lamplighter Publishing). In addition, my article for graduates was published by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine [here is the link]. I blog faithfully on my literature blog [here is the link] as well as on my website [here is the link.] In the future, I am hoping to work in the field of social justice as I continue to use my storytelling skills to influence others for Christ!"
Heidi Olson is a 17-year-old who is interested in numerous subjects. Her passions include writing, acting, and working with her family. She loves learning and experimenting with new ideas.
Caleb Blanchet is the second oldest in a family of eight children and a home school graduate. His passion is acting and it is his aspiration to one day make a career of voice-over. Accents in speech captivate him, and have for years, and he enjoys emulating accents for the entertainment of others as well as himself.
Caleb performed in the Lamplighter Guild Alumni production The Vanish Note and is excited to continue building a portfolio of his work and constantly looks forward to future projects.
Caleb also enjoys funneling his creativity through such art forms as writing and drawing, two activities he has taken pleasure in for quite some time.
Caleb presides in Washington State where he is studying for a degree in English. He strives to both bring joy and encouragement to the many people he encounters and to glorify God in everything that he does.
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My name is Aaron Fullan, I'm 23 and I was born and raised in the small Midwestern town of Clinton, IA, mere blocks away from the Mighty Mississippi River. At a very young age, I took a keen interest in music and audio drama. My parents encouraged me to take piano lessons starting at age 8 and I have passionately pursued music ever since. My parents homeschooled me for the majority of my early education, and for their intentional investment and purposeful discipline, I cannot thank them enough. They raised me with the desire for me to become a man after God's own heart, and I sincerely pray that I am able to live up to such a desire.
I majored in Music Ministry at Emmaus Bible College, with a double-major in Biblical Studies. When I expressed the desire to try my hand at music composition, my music instructor graciously set up a one-on-one class with a local composer who had recently sent a student off to Julliard School of Arts. I composed a song for my senior recital, based on the hymn "Something For Thee." Using the words from the classic hymn, I wrote a piece for piano, strings, flute, and a tenor. Here are links to two of the songs I played during my senior recital: the first is selections from my performance of Beethoven's "Sonata in C# Minor" and the second is "Something for Thee."
Upon my graduation from college, the Lord kept opening new doors of opportunity to compose and be involved in audio drama. I composed an acapella choral piece for my alma mater and was recently asked to compose another. I was the consulting producer for the all-new drama "Under Drake's Flag" of Heirloom Audio Productions. Another mini-series of Heirloom Audio was launched in the spring of 2013 and I have been privileged to produce, act in, and compose for this new endeavor. Truthfully, I couldn't be more excited to see what the Lord has in store. Music is a gift from Him and I hope to bring honor to Him through the amazing venue that He created. Soli Deo Gloria!
My story is truly a story of grace--God's grace. In His wisdom and love, He saw fit to let me born into a strong Christian home. Age 5 was a pivotal year for me--the year I gave my life to Jesus and the year I started piano lessons.
As time went on, the concept of grace became more and more real to me. It went from merely being my name to the vital foundation that my life hinged upon. I realized that any accomplishment is purely a grace-gift from God to be used for His glory.
At 15, I began to see an invigorating connection of expressing my love for Jesus through my love for music. A melody would begin playing in my head and I’d rush over to the piano to try to get it into my fingers.
After studying music composition at Palm Beach Atlantic University and attending the Lamplighter Guild in New Paltz, NY, I knew what I wanted to do with my life--convey emotion through melodies and share things that the Lord has revealed to me in His Word through song.
God, in His grace is constantly teaching me, correcting me and lovingly showing me that I am helpless on my own...it's becoming a rather freeing realization. I hope that you find my songs encouraging and more than anything I pray that they bring glory to God. He after all, is the one who gives the songs.
Laura Byler is an artist and musician. She sees most everything she does as an artistic expression, be it drawing a portrait or illustration, using a paintbrush, taking photos of people or objects, or playing her violin.
Showing others how to accomplish success is also one of her passions. Laura teaches private art and violin lessons and hopes to see everyone she has taught using what they have learned in their own lives. She desires to connect on a deep level with God and the people He brings across her path.
From the young age of four, Laura began drawing and desiring to play violin. She’s been challenged and encouraged in these interests by her homeschooling parents and older sister.
She had an inward pull to art as she watched her father and sister drawing and painting.
“Most everything I do is a form of art; performed to create something that makes the heart react.”
If you were to look for me, you'd find me in the Northwest corner of our country, good ol' Washington State. I'm the oldest of four children. My dad owns an automotive collision center and I've had the privilege of working with him there for the past ten years, and I'm excited to say that my "oldest" little sister is now stepping in as well. As far as my life is concerned, the Lord is teaching me that being a well rounded godly young man is a valuable thing to pursue, as well as holding my plans loosely since I need to be available to do what He would ask of me with the least amount of resistance, if any.
My life seems to be full of challenges but I'm aware that the Lord pumps those full of lessons for me. Because of this, the Lord is helping me to rejoice in the easy things and to not fear the hard things but overcome them (easier said than done and more often than not, my efforts fall short and I'm left realizing how incapable I am of doing what He asks, without Him).
Cartoons have always held my interest and as I was growing up I wanted to work for Disney as a cartoon animator. Now I wouldn't mind becoming the next Walt Disney! To have the ability to create characters that families love and remember is one thing, but add the ability for them to be accepted into the family's home and then present a godly worldview that brings hope and even freedom (through the gospel of Jesus Christ), always reminding them of the imprint that God leaves on our daily lives, this opportunity can influence a culture with an eternal impact. This is what I am pursuing, but only as God allows.
As for the time being, I focus on the day to day responsibilities that God brings so that I may not miss the life He lays out before me simply because I had my head in the clouds dreaming of the great things I could do for Him. Sometimes its the simple things that leave the greatest impact, while the greatest efforts end up becoming entertainment.
Laura Leigh Hicks is a graphic designer with over 5 years of experience creating brochures, programs, flyers, postcards, posters, T-shirts, and much more. For the past 5 years, she has served as the Advertising & Publications Coordinator for Mississippi Home Educators Association. She has also designed T-shirts and other projects for people and organizations in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Laura Leigh uses the latest version of programs from the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Aftereffects. In addition, Laura Leigh has worked with and taught various art mediums. She also enjoys illustrating her children's books, and writing for a family magazine.
Most recently, Laura Leigh has begun experimenting with animation and has adapted three of her children's books into short films, which have received awards in the Mississippi Home Educators Association Film Festival for the past 3 years. She is currently learning Adobe After Effects. Laura Leigh spends her spare time working with music, filmmaking, sound design, and voice acting. "She is also a 2 year alumna of the Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines.