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To equip, inspire, and prepare a generation of actors, writers, and directors who create profound works of art for the life of the world.

Theoria is a 23-week, non-profit program focusing on the timeless art of filmmaking. This innovative school focuses on screenwriting, acting, and directing with the belief that "beauty will save the world" (Dostoevsky). Students learn techniques, styles, and approaches that transcend time.



Photography, Christie Goodwin

Five-time Emmy Award Winner Jonathan Jackson is the Associate Dean and Primary Instructor of Theoria School of Filmmaking. Jonathan has worked in the Film and Television industry nearly his whole life, with thirty years of experience in these fields as an actor, writer, director and composer. 


  • 5 Emmy Awards 

  • 3 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards  

  • Critic's Choice Nominee for best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Young Hollywood Award “Breakthrough Performance” for his Supporting Role in The Deep End of the Ocean

  • Author of "Mystery of Art"


As a filmmaker: 

  • Brooklyn Film Festival winner: “Best Narrative Short Drama” and the “Coen Brothers Award for Duo Filmmakers” for Crystal Clear

As an actor:

  • Leading Role on General Hospital (1993-1999, 2009-2011)

  • Leading Role in Disney’s Tuck Everlasting

  • Supporting Role in Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia   

  • Supporting Role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles   

  • Leading Role on Network Drama, Nashville (6 Seasons, 124 episodes) 

Over the course of his career, Jonathan has worked alongside actors such as Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ben Kinsley, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Linda Hamilton, Cillian Murphy, Judy Davis, Anthony Geary and Christopher Lloyd among many others. 

With Directors and Producers such as Christopher Nolan, Jim Sheridan, Jay Russel, John Carney, Callie Khouri, Mick Garris, Ulu Grosbard, Steve Nicolaides, Frank Capra III and Marc Abraham 
Jonathan has also worked as a Consultant for “Masterpieces of Spiritual Cinema”

If you are an artist who feels inspired to create profound works of art for the life of the world, submit your application for our consideration.

What: Orthodox Film Program w/ Jonathan Jackson

When: January 9 -June 30, 2023

Where: Murfreesboro, TN for 11 weeks and online for 12 weeks

How Much: Check the Tuition page

Course Titles

“Approaching the Mystery of Art”
“Acting in the Spirit”
“Parables of Light, Part One: The Art of Screenwriting”
“Parables of Light, Part Two: The Art of Directing and Filmmaking”
“The Mystery of Music in Film”

“Camera Boot Camp”


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