Regather 2019 was a blessed time of education, encouragement, entertainment, and fellowship. Each actor, educator, and participant entered into, and shared a deeper understanding of, their identity and purpose as a creative! You can now purchase and download the sessions below and pre-order the Sensory Bible Audio Experience HIDDEN! Best of all, the proceeds go to further educate and encourage creatives for His purposes. Be sure to subscribe for updates on future events and resources! Below are a few thoughts from participants:
"It was a Spirit-filled experience! Selah is such a light and a joy to work with! She has such a strong faith and tenacity that, paired together, are a force to be reckoned with. She knows just how to bring out the best in the performances from her actors and genuinely cares for their spiritual well being. God has and will continue to do amazing things for His Kingdom through her!" - Stephanie Parker (Queen Esther in Hidden)
"I just wanted to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed participating in Regather 19 and playing Mordechai! The experience was one I'll cherish for the rest of my life! I so appreciate you having faith in me and taking time to "polish" my rough edges in such a wonderful way! You have a true heart for people and it shows in the kindness you show in all that you do! My confidence in performing has increased dramatically as a result of your very insightful and purposeful direction! Thank you for believing in me!" - Neal Palmer (Mordechai in Hidden)
Pre-Orders are now available for HIDDEN, A Sensory Bible Audio Experience
If you missed Regather '19 and love Biblical audio drama presentations, you can still enjoy the performances by our amazing cast below! The audio experience is enhanced with digital music and sound effects which will immerse you in the world of Ancient Persia as the engaging story of Queen Esther's rise to power for the glory of her King unfolds! This is a family-friendly experience rooted in Biblical truth, with an original script and lyrics by Sensory Bible Experiences and Living Arts Tabernacle Founder and Director, Selah Cohen.
Welcome and Blessings Video - 473MB .mov file.
Regather 2019 Welcome, Blessings, Opening Worship and Prayer
Selah Cohen Founder and Director of Sensory Bible Experiences and Living Arts Tabernacle
James Knabe Presentation (625MB .mov file) and Handout (70KB .pdf file)
Session Two: The Shofar in History and Practice
James Knabe Shofar Artist, Educator, and Minister http://trumpeter.com/
Selah Cohen Presentation - 550MB .mov file.
Part One - Nearly Blind to Vibrant Visionary and the SBE-LAT Story
Part Two - Living Arts Tabernacle: Reclaim Your Creative Identity
Selah Cohen Founder and Director of Sensory Bible Experiences, Living Arts Tabernacle, and Regather 2019
Wired for Story: Media Which Resonates then Leads to Realization and Redemption
Nathan Ashton Post-Production Audio Engineer and Script Advisor www.nathanashton.tv
When God Says, "Drop It!" Donna Martelli, Retired Professional Ballerina, Dance Instructor and Presenter
Roundtable Discussion: Creative Ministry in a Tumultuous Culture
Regather Faculty and Performers
Selah Cohen Founder and Director of Sensory Bible Experiences and Living Arts Tabernacle
James Knabe Trumpeter, Shofar Artist, Instructor and Minister
Watch the Regather 2019 Promo Video!
Our amazing cast worked diligently for several months to bring the engaging story of Queen Esther to life!
From right to left Jame Knabe (shofar and trumpet), Neal Palmer (Mordechai), Stephanie Parker (Haddassah/Esther), Bill Stevenson (online - The Narrator, King Ahashuerus, Teresh), Crystal Aldrich (Yasmin), Steve Landsee (Haman, Bigthan, Memukhan), Chelsea Landsee (Zaresh).
Hadassah, now Queen Esther (Stephanie Parker), is horrified when Haman (Steve Landsee) breaks royal protocol as he begs for mercy.
Hadassah, now Queen Esther (Stephaine Parker) is counseled by her wise and protective cousin Mordecai (Neal Palmer).
Manipulative royal socialite Zaresh (Chelsea Landsee) reminds Haman (Steve Landsee) of what he must do to climb the royal ladder.
He longs to regather His creatives,
once hidden, now unmasked and unveiled.
You are invited to His banquet!
Regather. Rebuild. Rededicate.
Be the offering.
Regather '19 was Sensory Bible Experience's first online conference for creatives who want to explore their Biblical identity in order to encounter their purpose and leave a legacy.
Professional, multi-discipline faculty members experienced in the arts, education, and ministry led inspiring and motivational discussions and main sessions.
We enjoyed intimate prayer and worship sessions infused in the Master Creator's presence which were facilitated by Selah Cohen, director, producer, and vocalist and James Knabe, shofar and trumpet minister.
Regather '19 Faculty
Selah Cohen is a passionate presenter and multiple-discipline creative with over 25 years of expertise in entertainment, fine arts, performance, and education. She is an artistic director, playwright, and producer with a vision to see creatives discover their Biblical identity, realize their potential, and learn to leave a legacy for the Kingdom through Sensory Bible Experiences and Living Arts Tabernacle. She studied education and theater, toured the U.S. for a national theatrical company, worked in film and television in California as well as Colorado, and traveled to Mexico and Spain as an interpreter and Dramatic Arts Ministry Director. Her design, directing, and production work has been viewed online in over 30 countries. Most recently she was asked to direct a scene from Hidden, her original musical about Queen Esther, for Gateway Church Performing Arts' Night of Scenes 2018.
James Knabe is a professional trumpet and shofar artist. He has performed across the USA and Italy. James holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where he studied with the players of the Boston Symphony and Pops. James is the shofar player with the Jewish Ministries worship team at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. As a brass instrument player and teacher, James developed a unique shofar learning workshop that includes a hands-on group shofar lesson. He teaches trumpet and shofar in the DFW area as well as around the country. James and his wife and six children travel the country regularly living a life of faith and ministry. You can learn more about James as well as his ministry activities at www.trumpeter.com
Donna Martelli was a professional ballet dancer with the Harkness Ballet of New York, and formerly taught dance at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. She holds certifications in Personal Training (AFTA certified} and Pilates (AMFPT certified) and is a licensed BioCored instructor. Donna's story was recently featured on The 700 Club. She is the Director of Beautiful Feet Dance Ministry and the author of When God Says Drop It: Chronicles of My Healing available on http://www.donnamartelli.com. She will share her story as one of the main sessions and be a part of our panel.
Nathan Ashton is an award-winning audio postproduction engineer, Foley artist, producer of a TV program, and world traveler. who holds two higher education degrees and audio industry certification. He is blessed to have worked on a broad range of media projects with people across the United States (Beyond the Mask, The Reliant, Polycarp, Risen), and in seven foreign countries. Nathan loves to see important stories, the kind that move and inspire people, made potent through the craft of visual storytelling. He believes that we are wired for story, we consume them, and they re-program us. There is no more powerful tool to improve the lives of people. He is a father and devoted husband working hard to make the future a better place for his children. Connect with Nathan through his site http://nathanashton.tv/
In the spirit of generosity during Purim, the Biblical holiday commemorating Queen Esther's courage and how G-d delivered His people, Living Arts Tabernacle would like to bless those who would like to watch our presentation but have limited resources. Please go to the link and submit a contact form with a short message about why you'd like to experience Hidden and please share the blessing! Thank you!
Hidden Regather '19 Banquet Theater Cast
Stephanie Parker (Hadassah/Esther), Panelist
Stephanie's passion is to simply use the gifts and opportunities God has given her for His glory. She has performed extensively for television (The Shepherds Treasure as host for her own business, Shark Tank as business owner, Jewelry Channel), film (Gospel Color Wall, Joy in the Morning), and stage (Dolly in Hello Dolly, Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins). She speaks four languages fluently, has a love for all things creative, and is grateful to be able to use some of her creativity to portray the role of Esther in this production. Stephanie is married to her best friend, Brett and they have two adorable kids (8 and 4) who keep them on their toes most days.
Neal Palmer (Mordecai)
Neal was a featured announcer for roadshows and at the Texas Motor Speedway, is an author with two books awaiting publication, and has appeared in the short film The Crimson (Elder, Leathersmith) and The Crimson Experience, The Star of Bethlehem Experience (The Potter) and The Passover Experience, all produced at Caperneum First Century Village. He lives near Weatherford, Texas and loves to minister through acting and writing.
Steve Landsee (Memukhan, Haman, Bigthan)
Steve has been performing his whole life, mostly as the class clown and solo comedy performances for his wife. He has performed several stage roles and has appeared with Fish Sticks Improv Comedy. He also co-produces and co-directs with his wife for Reflexion Theater Co.
Chelsea Landsee (Zeresh)
Chelsea is is the founding artistic director of Reflexion Theater Co in Bedford, TX. She sang her first solo in church at the age of two and has never looked back. Besides appearances on stage and screen, she also directs, stage manages, and writes. Soli Deo Gloria! reflexiontheater.weebly.com
Crystal Aldrich (Yasmin)
Crystal returns for another role in Hidden, is a new member of the One Move Dance Ministry, was a Tornado Siren Dancer, FC Dallas Girl, and later traveled with the Ambassador Bible College Chorale. She enjoys using her spiritual gifts through dance and voice. Performing arts provides a change of pace from her career in banking as a business analyst, technical writer, and mortgage underwriter.
The Shofar in History and Practice - James Knabe
Nearly Blind to Vibrant Visionary: Identity, Purpose, and Vision for Focus (The SBE and LAT Story) - Selah Cohen
How can tunnel vision in this world of distraction help you gain a new view which informs purpose? See yourself in the story about how G-d used a devastating diagnosis to open Selah's eyes to a wrong perception, reveal to her a fresh perspective, then give her visionary focus. Selah's powerful testimony and vital points help listeners identify their individual calling, and help them begin to discover their identity, purpose, and vision within the Kingdom.
Living Arts Tabernacle: Reclaim Your Creative Identity - Selah Cohen
Selah prepared this message for creatives who are tired of walking in the wilderness of the world trying to find ministry fulfillment, who want to discover their true identity, and are ready to know their Creator's original intent for their artistic lives, then live it out with His Divine Power! Shake off the negative dust of the journey and look to His radiance again- He is doing a new thing- a new thing predicted thousands of years ago! The ancient plan is more relevant than ever – and it involves you!
We consume stories and they re-program us. It is vital for believers in media to tell important, potent stories which inspire, move, and resonate with their intended audience through different genres. Great story makes us ask questions, then seek G-d for answers. Great story should cause someone to wonder, “How do I get through this, receive that strength, and find hope for my journey?” or “I am overwhelmed, what now?” The media that we produce can’t effectively disciple because souls still need that personal connection to be transformed. Nathan will explore how we infuse that practice into our storytelling craft.
For Such a Time as This: Come to the Banquet - Selah Cohen (This message will be made available for download soon.)
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We would like to thank our Regather '19 Sponsors:
"The praise times were great! So were the workshops; they were nicely varied and the topics were extraordinarily free. And it was wonderful to get to know so many creatives, who both believe in God with our whole hearts and embrace creativity on every level, including challenging the status quo." -- Luci Stanley, Mordecai Network and Attendee, Infuse 2010: A Creativity Encounter (produced by Sensory Bible Experiences Founder and Director, Selah Cohen)