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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Ron Austin

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Ron Austin

Professional Background:

Ron Austin has been a writer and producer in Hollywood for over fifty years, and is the author of “In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts” (2006) and “Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey into Catholic Mexico”  (2010). His essays on the relationship of faith and the media arts are in the anthologies “Behind the Screen” and “Things of Heaven and Earth”, and his autobiographical account of Christian-Jewish relationships in Hollywood, “Star Crossed”, was published by Eerdmans. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the Directors Guild. A former member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, he is the recipient of a Guild award for lifetime achievement on behalf of writers and the Hollywood community. In addition to his writing and producing credits, Ron worked as an actor in theater productions under the direction of Charlie Chaplin.

Education:

Graduated from the Los Angeles City College drama department and UCLA film school

Points Of Interest:

A convert to Roman Catholicism, he has served as the director of a Catholic Charities program for homeless men and as a volunteer prison chaplain. He remains an active friend of Focolare, an international Catholic lay movement, and most recently he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California where he now lectures periodically and conducts a workshop on the media arts.

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