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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 you 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.

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75

Arts events per year

#2

Christian Art Program in America

People

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

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    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...

    Meet Mike Fernandez
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    Beki Baker

    Chair, Theater

    Beki grew up in Texas, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Performance ('04) and an MFA in Directing ('09) from Baylor University. She met her husband Scott while finishing...

    Meet Beki Baker
  • Tom Bancroft headshot

    Tom Bancroft

    Artist in Residence

    Tom Bancroft has over thirty years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for twelve years on...

    Meet Tom Bancroft
  • 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...

    Meet Brown Bannister
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    Ben Blasko

    Director of Instrumental Studies

    Dr. Ben Blasko is the Director of Instrumental Studies at Lipscomb University where he oversees the vision for instrumental ensembles & private instruction. Ben holds degrees from the University of...

    Meet Ben Blasko
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    Andy Bleiler

    Assistant Professor

    Andy Bleiler serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre, Scenic Designer, and Production Manager, at Lipscomb University. His resume includes scenic designs for Lipscomb University, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Vanderbilt Opera...

    Meet Andy Bleiler
  • Larry Brown headshot

    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...

    Meet Larry Brown
  • Cliff Tierney headshot

    Cliff Eanes Tierney

    Chair, Visual Arts

    Cliff Eanes Tierney is an artist and currently holds the position of associate professor of art at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he chairs the Department of Visual Arts. Professionally, his...

    Meet Cliff Eanes Tierney
  • Melissa Forte headshot

    Melissa Forte

    Chair, Cinematic Arts

    After six years of industry work with the Walt Disney World company in Orlando, Fla., Melissa Forte returned to Ohio University to complete an M.A. in Media Studies and an...

    Meet Melissa Forte
  • Randy Gill headshot

    Randy Gill

    Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and

    Randy Gill is Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts and Associate Professor of Worship Arts at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Before coming to Lipscomb in...

    Meet Randy Gill
  • Rocky Horton

    Rocky Horton

    Interim Director of the School of Art & Design

    Rocky Horton was born in Arlington, Tennessee. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art from Harding University, he lived and worked in Italy, first Milano then Napoli,...

    Meet Rocky Horton
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    Donna King

    Associate Professor

    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,...

    Meet Donna King
  • Angela Lee

    Angela Lee

    Associate Professor

    Angela D. Lee holds two MFA degrees, one from Azusa Pacific University and one from Austin Peay State University, and a BFA from Belmont University. Lee's area of specialty is...

    Meet Angela Lee
  • Nat McIntyre

    Nat McIntyre

    Assistant Professor

    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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    Jerome Reed

    Professor

    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, giving recitals and...

    Meet Jerome Reed
  • 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...

    Meet Kari Smith
  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Assistant Professor

    Steve Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist who earned his "Renaissance Man" stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that's garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly,...

    Meet Steve Taylor

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.