A free and civil society shaped by storytellers who believe in the core values of Individuality, community and innovation.
Produce the world’s best artist development programs for aspiring and active storytellers.
Individuality: choice, responsibility, honor, empathy, integrity
Community: discourse, tolerance, compassion, justice, harmony
Innovation: creativity, entrepreneurship, collaboration, creative disruption, stewardship
You know the story. The universe is suddenly imperiled by a mysterious evil force. Only one man or woman or ship in the galaxy is able to face this threat and in the nick of time save the day. In video games of this genre, you often start by creating your character. First, your appearance (purple hair, elf ears, deep soulful eyes), then you get to choose the internal attributes: Strength, Charisma, Speed, Cleverness, Morality. You can create any combination, but you want to choose the right one for your journey because everything hangs in the balance.
At Taliesin Nexus, we believe that the fate of a free and civil society ultimately lies in the hands of its artists and storytellers. Without images of the Good, examples of hero’s impossibly difficult choice, stories that grapple with challenging issues of our time, our society stagnates, goes to war with itself, and collapses. Look around, the threat is here and it is happening right now.
We believe the storyteller’s duty is explore the moral and social issues at the heart of society, empowering audiences to reflect upon themselves and discover wisdom. The duty is not to tell audiences what to think (didacticism), but to inspire them to empathize and reflect, to gain self-awareness and self-knowledge. All this while entertaining of course, holding the audience on the edge of their seats or making them laugh so hard, they must dab away tears.
In our view, the institution of storytelling has eroded, focusing entirely on the latter while forgetting the former, more important duty. Worse, when stories do attempt meaning, it is ideological didactism – telling, not showing. And, it is not just the studios, the networks, the executives, the directors, the actors or the writers who are to blame; we are witnessing a system-wide failure. The consequences are dire.
The health of a free and civil society depends on avoiding the ideological trap which seeds didacticism, deceit and conformity into the soil of our shared community.
To battle this threat, we built our organization around three core values: Individuality, Community and Innovation.
Just as a cell is the building block of life, so INDIVIDUALITY is the building block of civilization. In a free society, individuals are empowered to make CHOICES for themselves and must own the RESPONSIBILITY for those choices. To be successful, individuals must HONOR that same freedom in others and always act with INTEGRITY, consistently applying their personal values. Understanding others, even those with whom you disagree, EMPATHY is a key value for fostering the collaborative endeavors that drive progress.
No man is an island, we live in a COMMUNITY together. In our modern digital world, communities are no longer bound by geography, but stretch across continents. A community flourishes through open DISCOURSE on the toughest of issues with TOLERANCE as a guiding light. Social HARMONY, the ultimate community value, requires JUSTICE for those who violate the laws upon which communities are built, but also COMPASSION for those less fortunate.
A healthy society is not a snow globe. It must evolve in every phase through INNOVATION driven by the imagination and CREATIVITY of individuals. New ideas require ENTREPRENEURSHIP, which involves risk, sometime substantial risk that might discourage the innovation. A key value for helping overcome that risk is COLLABORATION, between co-workers, between investors and innovators, between companies and consumers. New innovations can cause CREATIVE DISRUPTION, upsetting the snow globe world in a way that benefits some more than others. But how well a society handles these advances is a key judge of its health. As society advances, we must embody STEWARDSHIP of our community and our environment to maintain the total integrity of our shared values while still fostering the innovation that makes individual lives better.
If you are an artist or storyteller and you want to develop your talents and explore these fundamental moral and social values in your own work across genres (comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, thriller, epic, romance), please check out our program pages and find what fits your journey best.
If you are not a storyteller by avocation, but are motivated to support others in this civilization level battle, please consider visiting our donation page to find out more about becoming a supporter.
Senior Program Director
Brought up in Athens, Georgia, Dugan has worked in production for over 10 years in Los Angeles and New York City.
Vice President, Programs and Artist Development
Matt Edwards has been producing and directing in film, TV and digital media for over 15 years. He's been with TalNexus since 2015.
Chief Operating Officer
John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise development and business engineering. He’s been working with Taliesin Nexus since 2015
Senior Producer, Artist Development
Born in Utah where she snow boarded in Park City and Sundance, Victoria Razevska Hill has worked on over 40 film/tv/commercial productions in the last four years.
Director of Development
Originally from Southern California, Angelica moved back to LA from her time in Denver for the Director of Development position at Taliesin Nexus.
Bob Popper has worked in the entertainment industry since 2014 with roles in development, management, and film production. Previously, Bob worked in public opinion research.
Patrick co-founded Taliesin Nexus and has served on the TN executive team guiding the organization’s growth since 2010.
Patrick J. Summers
Patrick Summers holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Louisiana State University and earned graduate credit from The University of Virginia and Tulane University in New Orleans.
Teddy is a filmmaker from Seattle, WA. After volunteering in developing nations around the world, he decided to take his love for stories and make a career out of it.
Rebecca graduated from The King's College in 2015 with a degree in Media, Culture, and the Arts--concentrating in cultural anthropology and narrative nonfiction writing.
Rob is a musician, film maker and stand up comic. Before devoting full time to projects he loved, he worked in the corporate world as a software architect and digital strategist.