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Facilities and Equipement
Facilities & equipment

Production stages, digital editing labs, a leading-edge projection and screening theatre. Watkins facilities put you at the forefront of a highly competitive industry.

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Jonathan Terry

If he weren’t a filmmaker, Terry would be a sports broadcaster.

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Associate Professor and Chair

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BA English Education, University of Central Florida
MFA Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts, Florida State University
The founding chair of the Watkins film program, Valorie Stover Quarles has worked as a filmmaker and educator for more than three decades. She has received numerous festival awards and grants for her projects and programs from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences. Quarles has served as the president of the Nashville Film Festival and as a member of the Nashville Screenwriting Conference Advisory Board and the Film Nashville board.

Appointed in 1995

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BA English Honors, Tulane University
MFA English and Writing, Long Island University
Steven Womack co-wrote the television films Volcano: Fire on the Mountain and Proudheart, which was nominated for the CableAce Award. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and an award-winning author of ten novels including Dirty Money. His novel Dead Folks’ Blues was honored with the Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Womack also coedited and wrote the introduction for The True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His latest novel is By Blood Written.

Appointed in 1995

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Associate Professor and Chair

BS, University of Pennsylvania
MFA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts
MFA, the American Film Institute
Richard Gershman’s long list of credits span theatre, television, and film projects. Highlights include directing episodes of Chicago Hope and Judging Amy, working as an assistant director on Ugly Betty and Gossip Girl, and as first assistant director for the fifth season of Lost. He also served as production manager on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Gershman worked in a production capacity on feature films such as The Hunt for Red October and Queen’s Logic. His theatrical experience includes working with Anthony Hopkins on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directing at Seattle Rep and the Mark Taper Forum, and assisting on the Broadway and London productions of Children of a Lesser God and Neil Simon’s Fools. Gershman has received numerous awards and grants and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Appointed in 2013

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