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Thomas Parham

Azusa Pacific University
Los Angeles, California
"Never judge a book by its movie." J.W. Eagan Dr. Thomas Parham is a professor of Theater, Film, and Television at Azusa Pacific University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and spent seven years on active duty, during which he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. Thom left the Navy to complete a doctorate in communication studies at Regent University. He has written for the CBS’ drama JAG and the Family Channel sitcom Big Brother Jake, and also served as the on-location writers’ assistant for the third season of Touched by an Angel. Thom has executive produced several award-winning student films, including “Giving Her Away,” “Jaded,” and "Sometime Today I'm Going to Kill Ben Stiller," and he has directed acclaimed stage productions of Dinner with Friends, Dracula, A Few Good Men, Parade, A Raisin in the Sun, Return to the Forbidden Planet, and The Skin of Our Teeth. He also co-wrote the musical comedy Inside Out and the “dramedy” Steeple Chasers, plays that APU's Drama Ministry Team performed throughout southern California and Phoenix, Arizona. In its review of Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture, Publishers Weekly cited Thom’s essay “Why Do Heathens Make the Best Christian Films?” as a “standout,” and he also wrote a chapter on postmodernism for The Gospel According to Super-Heroes. Dr. Parham is listed in the current editions of Who’s Who in America and Who's Who in the World, as well as in the 2002, 2004, and 2005 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.