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George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts

Create What's Next.

This is our motto at the George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts. Our mission is to be a Christ-centered, innovative, entrepreneurial arts community committed to rigorous artistic training, creative collaboration and professional growth. We want makers, not takers. We want you to do, not just to be.

Unleash your potential. We say that a lot around here too. We believe that you can honor God and be a leader in the entertainment industry. To that end, we seek to train the next generation of believer artists who seek to uplift, challenge, and entertain culture through their art.

Nashville, Tennessee is our home and it is home to some of the most creative doers in the country. From day one when you set foot on campus in the College of Entertainment and the Arts, you’re a part of this vibrant arts community in America’s “It” city. Come join us and get ready to do some good work.

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Undergraduate Programs

Perfect your art while strengthening your faith. Train with our outstanding faculty and distinguished industry professionals, connect to a vast network of professional artists and cultivate your entrepreneurial spirit.

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Graduate Programs

Our promise to you is this: We will push you to create, innovate and discover your individual strength. You'll gain immense opportunities as your further your career in the arts here. Capitalize on them.

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14,000

Audience Members per Semester

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Preparing For What's Next

We provide the latest technology in cinematic storytelling, giving our students the opportunity to experience it firsthand as they develop their skills and approach to their craft. The fact that we are the first university in the nation to purchase the Positron Voyager, the first chair designed specifically for fully immersive cinematic virtual reality, is an example of this. VR has been in existence for a while, but the development of the Positron Voyager is taking this technology to the next level.

Academic Programs
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The Opportunity of Music City

Cinematic arts, music, theatre and dance, fashion, design and the visual arts — we're ready to train you for an ever-evolving career. There's nowhere better to learn than from industry professionals in Music City. You'll have the opportunity for internships, networking and trips across the U.S. and abroad.

About Us
75

Arts events per year

#2

Christian Art Program in America

People

Get to know key CEA faculty and Artists-in-Residence.

  • Mike Fernandez

    Mike Fernandez

    Dean, College of Entertainment and the Arts

    Mike Fernandez serves as the founding dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts at Lipscomb University. He received his B.A. in theatre from Abilene Christian University and a...

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  • Beki Baker

    Beki Baker

    Chair, Theater

    Beki Baker’s professional directing credits include “Julius Caesar” (starring Eddie George), “Shakespeare’s Case”, and “Love Labor’s Lost” (AD) for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, where she served as Education Director from...

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  • Tom Bancroft

    Tom Bancroft

    Artist in Residence

    After attending the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, Tom Bancroft worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation (now known as Walt Disney Animation Studios) as a supervising animator for 12...

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  • Brown Bannister

    Brown Bannister

    Director of the School of Music

    Brown Bannister brings nearly four decades of industry experience to his work as Director of the School of Music. Best known as a successful mentor and producer for top Christian...

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  • Kathy Bates

    Kathy Bates

    Assistant Professor

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  • Ben Blasko

    Ben Blasko

    Director of Instrumental Studies

    As a conductor, Benjamen Blasko has been invited to conduct performances and lead master classes across the U.S. He is a founding member of the Agora Brass Ensemble, made up...

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  • Andy Bleiler

    Andy Bleiler

    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Andy Bleiler is a passionate arts educator whose career has spanned over thirty years as a teacher, designer, technician, director, and performer. He moved to Tennessee with his family from...

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  • Larry Brown

    Larry Brown

    Professor

    Larry Brown earned his Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and began teaching at Lipscomb in 1989. He directed the theater program for 19 years. Now he...

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  • David DeBorde

    Dave DeBorde

    Associate Professor of Film and Creative Media

    Dave DeBorde is an active filmmaker, professor of Cinematic Arts and overall content creator who is involved in a variety of Film and TV projects. One of his more recent...

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  • Cliff Eanes Tierney

    Cliff Eanes Tierney

    Chair, Visual Arts

    Cliff Tierney is an artist and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at Lipscomb University where he chairs the Visual Arts Department. Professionally, his work has been...

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  • Melissa Forte

    Melissa Forte

    Chair, Cinematic Arts

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  • Randy Gill

    Randy Gill

    Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts

    Gill has a career in higher education, music and worship ministry that spans more than 40 years. For 13 years, Gill was associate professor of music and associate director of...

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  • Rocky Horton

    Rocky Horton

    Department Chair, Department of Visual Arts

    Rocky Horton received his undergraduate education at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. He received an MFA in studio art from West Virginia University in December of 2003. Since that time...

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  • Donna King

    Donna King

    Chair of the Contemporary Music Program

    Donna King, assistant professor of music, came to Lipscomb University as a piano instructor in 1987 and began full-time teaching in 1999. She teaches music history and music literature courses,...

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  • Angela Lee

    Angela Lee

    Assistant Professor

    Angela D. Lee’s specialty is graphic design, and her personal studio practice encompasses not only graphic design, but vector art, photography and video art dealing with themes of ancestry, identity...

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  • Josh Link

    Josh Link

    Assistant Professor of Film

    Josh Link grew up on a farm in southern Kentucky and never dreamed he would be working in the film industry in any capacity. Link received his undergraduate degree in...

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  • Nat McIntyre

    Nat McIntyre

    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Nat McIntyre grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and received his B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston. Immediately following graduation, McIntyre spent a year running a theater program, youth...

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  • Nathan Mickle

    Nathan Mickle

    Visiting Professor of Music

    Nathan Mickle teaches music theory, piano, a commercial ensemble, and arranging. He attended the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University where he completed a Master of Music degree...

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  • Jerome Reed

    Jerome Reed

    Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano

    Jerome A. Reed is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano at Lipscomb University. He has performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America, appearing in such...

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  • Kari Smith

    Kari Smith

    Instructor

    Kari Cherie Smith, a native of Nashville, has enjoyed teaching theatre and dance for over 18 years in the Middle Tennessee area. With a background in performance, dance, directing, education...

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  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Assistant Professor of Film & Creative Media

    Filmmaker/writer/producer/recording artist Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that’s garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly, Addy and Dove awards and nominations. A...

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  • Gary Wilson

    Gary Wilson

    Chair of the Classical Music Program

    Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and educator. His responsibilities as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lipscomb University include conducting...

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Undergraduate Programs


Perfect your art while strengthening your faith. Train with our outstanding faculty and distinguished industry professionals, connect to a vast network of professional artists and cultivate your entrepreneurial spirit.

Graduate Programs


Our promise to you is this: We will push you to create, innovate and discover your individual strength. You'll gain immense opportunities as your further your career in the arts here. Capitalize on them.