Now accepting applications for our 2024 programs…

Hollywood Writing Program – Summer 2024

Producing and Entertainment Executive Program – Fall 2024

Act One is a Christian community of entertainment industry professionals who train and equip storytellers to create works of truth, goodness and beauty.
As an educational and professional collective, Act One trains, supports and provides opportunity for creative development to both emerging and established writers and producers.


During the initial, intensive writing and producing programs, Christian content creators are provided the tools necessary to create works of beauty for worldwide audiences.


World-class, award-winning writers and producers guide our high-end, leading-edge programs and events and serve to support the life and careers of our professional alums.


In giving back to the entertainment industry, Act One offers creative services that further promote our core values of truth, goodness and beauty.
Telling stories of authenticity and substance beckons the audience toward the eternal. The art we create can help people see the Truth that lies behind it all.

“Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.”  – Madeline L’Engle

Exceeding the best practices of the industry in excellence, integrity, hard work, and a “no excuses” mentality. We guard the hearts and minds of our audience by guarding our own first.

“Excellence is an art won by training. We are what we repeatedly do.”  – Aristotle

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.” – Christopher Morley


Act One is a positive answer for the development of filmmakers who will impact the spiritual, moral, and patriotic values of America.

Lloyd J. Ogilvie

Chaplain Emeritus, United States Senate

The Producing & Entertainment Executive Program was the ideal next step in advancing my career. It perfectly mixed the practical and theoretical – with great lectures and seminars complementing and augmenting real-world, industry internships. It challenged me creatively and intellectually, all while fostering amazing fellowship to the larger Act One community.

Terence Berry

Act One graduate, Producer, That Evening Sun

The increasing quality of the entertainment professionals Act One recruits as faculty and the rising preparedness of their students each year testifies to the quality and wisdom of the program’s design

Charles B. Slocum

Asst. Executive Director, WGA West

The Act One Producing Program offers its students a unique and one-of-a-kind learning experience that prepares them for the business of show business in order for them to be successful in manifesting their spirituality within media.

Anne Marie Gillen

Producer, Fried Green Tomatoes, Under Suspicion, Into Temptation

It has changed my spiritual and technical vision. It has shown me how to improve my skills as a storyteller. Christian writers must enroll in Act One if they are looking for direction and structure.

Poliana A.


A wonderful concoction of knowledgeable speakers, prayerful team leaders, and dedicated participants. A top-notch group of kind-hearted and world-successful individuals who welcomed us and truly want us to thrive.

Erika T.


Act One has made a difference. I have tools to improve my writing, friends that love Jesus in the industry, and a far better understanding of the climate I am attempting to be a part of. Act One is packed with professionals that take their craft seriously and clearly hope to inspire other Christians to do the same.

Dave B.


Act One is a huge blessing, both professionally and spiritually. The mentors and speakers are filled not only with wisdom about their craft and the industry but also with compassion for their students. This program really is the perfect place to hone your writing and producing skills for the glory of God and to build a life-long community of believers and fellow writers.

Zach V.


Act One is developing a generation of screenwriters who are going to greatly impact our society, by demanding that writers be as concerned about the artistic and moral quality of their scripts as they are about ratings and box office.

Dean Batali

Writer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Executive Producer, That ‘70s Show

Act One provides not only a serious investigation into the art and craft of screenwriting, but also a challenge to think deeply about the content.

Scott Derrickson

Director, Doctor Strange

The Act One Writing Program did more for me in 10 weeks than four years of college was ever able to get me.

Nicholas C.


Every good production starts with the writer. Writers who are interested in the craft of writing start with Act One.

Ralph Winter

Producer, The Promise, X-Men 2, The Giver

Act One is affirmative action for Christian writers…

L.A. Times

More than anything, the community of Act One has encouraged me to keep going in this city. The stories they share have been invaluable. I’m really thankful to have found a group of like-minded people who are also excellent at what they do.

Hannah C.


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