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Art Within Labs Announces Inaugural Program Winners

By Art Within Labs
Jun 9, 2006, 09:52

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The Five Winners Are:

Bryan Belknap
Los Angeles, CA
Age: 34

Over 150,000 people have enjoyed the worship experiences created by author and national speaker Bryan Belknap. He has written and produced dozens of videos for the Christian market and reviewed hundreds of films and albums as media editor for His feature screenplay Mr. Popularity is currently under option. A graduate of Baylor University, Act One and Act Two, Bryan resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jill and their son Cash.

Gillette Elvgren
Chesapeake, VA
Age: 63

Gillette has been writing for over thirty years, his plays have been produced by professional theatre companies throughout the United States and Canada. He is co-founder and resident playwright for Saltworks Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA., as well as being resident writer for Children's Ministries, Scripture Union, Philadelphia, PA. There have been approximately 8,000 performances of Elvgren scripts. While a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh he was head of the M.F.A. directing program and staff director for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. Presently he is a Professor in Theatre Arts at Regent University, Virginia Beach.

Kevin Miller
Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
Age: 34

Kevin Miller is a freelance writer, editor, and educator from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Over the past nine years, Kevin has written, co-written, edited, and contributed to over thirty books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also co-written one produced screenplay (After..., with director David L. Cunningham), which will be released in 2006.

Kevin and his wife Heidi have three children--Huw (5), Gretchen (3.5), Zeph (1). When Kevin isn't holed up in his office or spending time with his family, he enjoys hiking, snorkeling, fishing, and otherwise exploring his world.

Grant Nieporte
Pasadena, CA
Age: 32

Grant just completed his eighth season in television production working on the beloved ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules starring the late great John Ritter. Previously, he worked as a writersí assistant on the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Paramount and the dramedy Jack & Jill for Warner Bros. Grantís first job in Hollywood was serving as a Technical Consultant on the ABC hit sitcom Home Improvement. Grant has written multiple produced episodes of 8 Simple Rules and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Currently he has a television sitcom pilot called Lot in Life in development with Barry Kempís Bungalow 78 Productions (Newhart, Coach) and is shopping his screenplay Seven Pounds around town. Grant is a member of the WGA and lives in Pasadena, California with his wife Jill.

Nathan Scoggins
Glendale, CA
Age: 28

Nathan Scoggins burst onto the literary scene at the tender age of 7, with a seven-page Victorian mystery that ended (in true Scooby-Doo fashion) with the villain removing his mask. An inauspicious beginning to writing, but Nathan continued to nurture this passion for storytelling through high school, writing plays, short stories, poetry, and the occasional "Star Trek" novel. As an English major at Wesleyan University, Nathan developed a passion for film and screenwriting. Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Nathan has written, produced and/or directed a number of short films, two of which are making the rounds on the festival circuit, and has written several feature-length screenplays. He was a quarterfinalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships competition, and a semifinalist in the Chesterfield competition co-sponsored by Paramount. His proudest achievement, however, remains his baby girl, Ellie (otherwise known as Quiznos' "Baby Bob"), a co-production with his wife, Katheryne.

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