The School of Communication and Media
Theatre and Cinema Arts (UG)
Full Name: Andrew Ray
Assistant Professor of Cinema Arts
B.S., Salem State University; M.A., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.F.A., Regent University
Andrew Ray seeks to embody the definition of the auteur - he is a screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and editor who is passionate about all aspects of digital storytelling. He has produced hundreds of online videos that have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and has written two feature films and numerous short screenplays. He has directed a number of short films, including his five-time award winning short film, What It’s Like (2014).
Andrew entered the world of digital storytelling when he started writing and recording his own music in 1999. He began recording local artists in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was a youth pastor for five years. While earning his master of arts in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, he started his own production company and experienced commercial success that led him to Regent University. There he earned his master of fine arts degree in cinema/television directing.
As a teacher, Andrew desires to see his students at Palm Beach Atlantic University excel as both digital artists (in their aesthetic approach to the visual medium) and as gifted storytellers (in their writing that captivates their audiences). Andrew’s theological training enriches his approach to storytelling by helping him to pay attention to any and every story’s inherent worldview. He wants to share that passion for redemptive storytelling with his students and see them create stories that point to the greater meaning in our lives that our world is so desperate for.
Andrew has been married to Gwenyth (Powlison) Ray since 2003. They have three beautiful daughters who provide an abundance of great material for Andrew’s screenplays and occasionally act in his films. He describes himself as over-blessed. When not teaching, he produces commercials for his company Attention Creative and spends time with his family.