Act One, Inc., exists to create a community of Christian professionals for the entertainment industry who are committed to artistry, professionalism, meaning, and prayer, so that through their lives and work they may be witnesses of Christ and the Truth to their fellow artists and to the global culture.
Our graduates are prepared for careers marked by integrity and excellence, in writers’ rooms, on sets, and in studio and network offices.
Mastering the craft of storytelling to move audiences through the radiance, wholeness, and harmony of beauty.
“In every heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.”
Exceeding the best practices of the industry in excellence, honesty, trustworthiness, hard work, and a “no excuses” mentality.
“Excellence is an art won by training. We are what we repeatedly do.”
Telling stories of substance to beckon audiences toward truth, goodness, and even faith.
“Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.”
Sustaining a soul-nourishing spiritual journey of holiness and love made possible by individual and community prayer.
“Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.”
-Samuel M. Shoemaker
James Duke | President
Lara Sumera | Vice President, Programming
Lara is responsible for creating and implementing programs that further Act One’s mission and equip Alumni to make an impact in the industry. Her love for story-telling was influenced by her humanitarian work abroad, and has worked with local communities in the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Kenya, Mexico, and Chile. She has lived in England and the Dominican Republic, has backpacked through the Mediterranean countries, and couch-surfed her way throughout the United States. Currently she lives in LA working with Act One, as well as an independent producer and project coordinator for film projects.
Chris Dalton | Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Chris is a graphic designer, corporate communications director, and writer with over twenty years of experience. He has written and designed for Fortune 500 companies like Eli Lilly and Lockheed Martin, as well as non-profits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.
A published author, his articles have appeared in Group Magaine, Relevant Magazine, and other online journals.
Chris is currently writing the feature films Vertical Leap for N’Said Productions and Slight of Hand for a small group of investors out of Arizona. In addition, he is in development on the feature films The Legends of Saint Nicholas, The Adventures of Lewis & Clark, The Sounds of Fury, and The Haunting of the Polestar.
This June, Chris will be releasing his first novel under his own imprint label. The Legends of Saint Nicholas is the origin story of the Santa Claus myths. The book will be available from The Story Haus and sold wherever fine books can be found.
Chris is married to Carissa, an actress, and they have three sons. All reside in Los Angeles, California.
Steve Storm | Vice President, Finance & Operations
Steve is a USC School of Cinema-Television graduate and veteran story consultant who has spent over 15 years helping clients pinpoint the heart of their stories and build tightly crafted entertainment experiences around that core. In addition, he spent six years on the core leadership team of a diverse inner-city church that helped to transform and enrich the personal stories of hundreds of people.
Steve initially joined Act One in an interim role in order to meet an immediate need. But the combination of his non-profit background and his extensive story training has proved so beneficial in helping shape the direction and impact of our organization that he has extended his commitment. He is excited to continue contributing to Act One’s growth and to the success of our many talented alumni.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RICHARD L. GATHRO, Ed.D.
Managing Partner, The Gathro Group, LLC.
Partner, Wind Dancer Production Group
President, Mpower Pictures
CHARLES B. SLOCUM, M.B.A.
Assistant Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, West, Chair, Act One, Inc.
CHRISTINA LEE STORM
Producing Executive, DreamWorks Animation