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Professors of the Practice

Charlie Hewitt

Founder and president of Mirror Studios, Charlie Hewitt is a life-long recording and performing musician, audio recording producer and engineer, and sought-after voice talent with national and international exposure. Charlie first opened Mirror Studios as a music recording studio. Over the years it transitioned into a multi-media production and Post-production facility specializing in audio post. From his early love of storytelling through music, it was a natural progression to the art of sound design in radio, television, and film.

Charlie is also an accomplished private and instrument rated pilot and aircraft owner and has more than a dozen years producing aviation-related content for clients such as the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Aircraft as well as producing The Aviator Series, a pilot safety platform, featuring legendary pilot and record-breaking aviator, Dick Rutan.

Projects include The Frozen Ground, Big Miracle, Burlesque, and Brother Bear.

Ridley Pearson

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Ridley Pearson is an award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 suspense/mystery novels for adults and adventure novels for young readers. He attended Pomfret School, Kansas University and Brown University. His work has been published in 22 languages, and has been adapted for network television as well as the Broadway stage. (Peter and the Starcatcher went on to win 5 Tony Awards.) Ridley has earned a reputation for writing fiction that “grips the imagination.”

His research has spanned the globe and includes exploring the engine room of a cruise ship; nighttime, after-closing hour walk-throughs inside Walt Disney World; and a locked-room interview with a dozen inmates inside a prison for the criminally insane near Oxford, England.

In 1989 Ridley was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler Fulbright in Detective Fiction (Oxford University). He was among the first college professors to teach creative writing in English inside China (Fudan University, 2008). He has been inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall Of Fame and was honored with a star on the St Louis Walk Of Fame. He plays bass guitar in the rock-n-roll band, “The Rockbottom Remainders” with Stephen King, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan, Scott Turow and others. Since its inception in 1992, the band has raised over 3 million dollars for charity causes.