Entrepreneurs

Morris May

October 14, 2015
Morris May Specular Theory

For more than 25 years, Morris May worked as a special effects expert in the motion picture industry, lending his unique abilities to over 30 Hollywood films. His credits include blockbusters such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Broken Arrow, Wild Wild West and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He was the CG Supervisor for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fast & Furious, and two of his projects – Spider-Man 2 and Happy Feet – won Academy Awards.

In 2013, May founded Specular Theory to break new ground in the realm of virtual reality. As the CEO of the company, May researches, develops and deploys the tools needed to bring stories to life using virtual reality technology. May’s ground-breaking work has garnered him coverage in dozens of publications including Time, Variety, PC World, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. READ MORE

Actors & Actresses, Authors, Bloggers, Filmmakers

Christine Elise

October 1, 2015
Christine Elise Emily Valentine

On the evening of October 4, 1990, the FOX network aired the pilot episode of a show that would, over the course of its ten seasons and 296 episodes, expose viewers to a world of glitz and glamour while simultaneously redefining the concept of the modern serial drama. Beverly Hills, 90210 was the brainchild of acclaimed producers Aaron Spelling, Darren Star and Charles Rosin, and this week on Ten Minute Interviews, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic show’s debut.

There was no shortage of memorable characters on Beverly Hills, 90210, but perhaps none burned brighter than that of Emily Valentine, played by actress Christine Elise. The character of Emily arrived midway through the show’s second season, and immediately began making waves, flirting with both Dylan and Brandon and infuriating Brenda in the process. Though her relationship with Brandon blossomed into romance, Emily’s wild side soon became too much for him to handle. After she spiked his drink with the drug U4EA at an underground club, Brandon broke up with Emily. leading to a series of bitter interactions before Emily’s increasingly erratic behavior eventually led to her institutionalization. Though she would make a full recovery with the help of Prozac and appear in later seasons, Emily and Brandon never truly rekindled the fiery romance of their younger years. READ MORE

Authors

Theresa Troutman

October 14, 2014

Romance author Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their dog, Niko. A voracious reader with a love of theater and traveling, she published her first novel, My Secret Summer, in October of 2013. Featuring a pair of misfit adolescents who become friends and fall for one another, My Secret Summer is an emotional coming-of-age story about the thrill of forbidden love. Troutman’s second novel, A Special Connection, was released in early 2014 and explores the intimate relationships between three friends.

In April of 2014, Troutman published Life’s What You Make It, the first in her Love’s Great Adventure trilogy. Inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, which Troutman read when she was 16, the series follows British playboy Sebastian Irons, who struggles to find discipline and purpose after being banished to America by his domineering mother, and his tutor Tess Hamilton. As their once-platonic relationship gradually evolves into something more, together they embark on a journey of passion, introspection and self-discovery. READ MORE

Authors

Sarah K. Stephens

May 13, 2016
Sarah K. Stephens

Since earning her doctorate in developmental psychology from Penn State University in 2007, Sarah K. Stephens has worked as a university lecturer, teaching a variety of courses on autism, the processes of risk and resilience in childhood, and the influence of online media on social and behavioral development in children and adolescents.

In March of 2016, Five on the Fifth literary magazine published “Boys,” a short story that Stephens had written to address the issue of sexual violence and harassment on college campuses, and in the winter of 2016, Pandamoon Publishing will release Stephens’s first novel, A Flash of Red, which originated from recent research on the effects of pornography exposure on children, and how such exposure can shape young men and women’s expectations and preferences in their romantic lives. Focusing on three main characters, the novel explores the chaos that can result when mental illness and misperceptions of reality invade our most intimate relationships. READ MORE

Musicians

Lauren Hart

November 5, 2014

Recording artist Lauren Hart was, quite literally, born into the Philadelphia Flyers family. The daughter of Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart, the legendary voice of the team from their 1967 debut through the 1994-95 season, Lauren was fell in love with music in the second grade and began performing at Flyers games while still in junior high school. In 1997, after signing with Columbia Records and recording her first album, Painted Bride, Lauren began singing the Star-Spangled Banner before every Flyers home game. But in 1999, shortly after the death of her father, Hart learned she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer with a 50-50 rate of survival. She was dropped by Columbia Records and was without health insurance while undergoing intensive cancer treatment. She found strength, though, in the Flyers fans, who supported her as she continued to perform each night. READ MORE