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)

 
"Selah Cohen is a dedicated artisan and director, totally dedicated in her service to our Lord!" - Bill Stevenson (King Ahashuerus, Narrator, Teresh in Hidden)
 
"Regather 19 was a fulfilling experience for me. It was a tremendous blessing to join with Selah and company for this amazing production. These people are passionate about sharing the love of Yeshua through the arts, as am I. I thank God for this ministry and I am looking forward to see what the Lord will do next!"
   - Donna Martelli, Author, Dancer, Instructor and Presenter 
 

 


 

Order 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! 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. You will also receive access to Come to the Banquet, a special message by Selah, and to The Cast of Hidden Shares video bonus feature!


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

 


 

Worship Session

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

 


 

Worship Session

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/

 

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS:

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.

 

 
Bill Stevenson (King, Narrator. Teresh)
 
For over 40 years, Bill Stevenson has acted in stage, TV and film projects in the U.S. and Europe. Currently, he teaches English and the arts for a small international school in Kazakhstan. He spends summers working on acting projects, based out of The Netherlands. His latest project for KLM Airlines received nearly 800K views in its first week on their Facebook page.
 
 

 

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.

 

 

Main Sessions

The Shofar in History and Practice - James Knabe

The shofar plays a significant role in G-d’s incredible story of redemption.  In this main session, shofar artist James Knabe will share the history and scriptural significance of the shofar, along with traditional and contemporary use. Additionally, he will teach the sounding and meanings behind the major shofar calls. This session is designed to be educational and inspire participants toward further study and a richer worship life.

 

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!

 
His Scribe, His Story: Written Word as Ministry Discussion - We shared how we are trying to shine His light through the written word and explored how to portraty characters in a more realistic way.
 
When G-d Said, "Drop It!" - Donna Martelli
 
Strange and seemingly unrelated symptoms plagued Donna, and she discovered she was quite ill, though all her tests came back totally normal. The doctors were baffled as they searched for some label to attach to the strange things that were happening to her. Donna will share how G-d healed her completely, miraculously! May your faith grow as you hear how He lovingly worked with her to the place where she could receive that healing.
 
Wired for Story: Media which Resonates Then Leads to Realization and Redemption - Nathan Ashton

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.)

Discover how to partake of the scrumptious future the King is throwing by embracing your beauty treatments, and how to wisely use your influence as His Bride!

 

We would like to thank our Regather '19 Sponsors:

Reflexion Theater Company 

Christian Filmmakers Association 

 

"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)