Artists in Residence
Tom Bancroft has almost 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature Animation where he was an animator for 11 years. While at Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to contribute his talents to the classic films, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Brother Bear. He was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions, makers of the family-friendly Veggie Tales video series. His popular art instruction book “Creating Characters with Personality” has become the most recognized book on designing characters for animation, video games, comic books and cartooning, and is a required textbook at many arts schools around the world.
Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism Magazine) from a uniquely diverse body of work. As a recording artist, he’s sold over one million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy nominations for Meltdown (1984) and Squint (1993). His producer resume includes the Platinum-certified Sixpence None The Richer (featuring the hits “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes”) and three Gold-certified albums for Newsboys. In 1997, Steve founded Squint Entertainment, whose worldwide success in the pop music arena was a first for a Nashville-based label. In addition to Sixpence, Squint’s roster included Chevelle, Burlap To Cashmere, and hip-hop collective L.A. Symphony.
Taylor’s parallel career as a feature film director/co-writer/producer began with The Second Chance, an award-winning drama that was distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Releasing. His latest feature, Blue Like Jazz, which has its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival, was released theatrically nationwide via Roadside Attractions (Winter’s Bone, Margin Call, Mud), and won the 2013 Wilbur Award for Best Feature Film, joining past winners The Help, Schindler’s List, and Dead Man Walking.
Charlie Peacock was named by Billboard’s Encyclopedia of Record Producers as one of the 500 Most Important Record Producers in music history, and is known as a deeply committed advocate of artistic freedom and risk. A 25-year resident of Nashville, Peacock produced three of Entertainment Weekly’s Ten Best Country Albums of 2013, including the eponymously titled The Civil Wars, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, sold over 300,000 copies, and won the 2014 Grammy Award for Country Duo. Peacock’s production and songwriting credits also include Gospel greats Al Green, CeCe Wians and TobyMac, and he’s recorded and performed with such top tier jazz improvisers as Ravi Coltrane, James Genus, Bela Fleck, Marc Ribot, Jeff Coffin, Joey Baron and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Justin Boccitto hails from New York City where he currently directs & choreographs for Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre School & is Executive Producer of The Group Theatre Too. He has appeared on MTV’s MADE, at the The Metropolitan Opera as well as working with such artists as Marvin Hamlish, Nicole Fosse, Liza Minnelli, Alan Cumming and Lady Gaga. Justin serves as an adjunct faculty member at Lipscomb University where he won several awards for his work on Hairspray. He also teaches at Broadway Dance Center and is guest faculty at The Juilliard School.