Academy Staff

Sean Griffith
Academy Director & Ocean View Drama Instructor

Sean Griffith has been performing in theater since his early teen years.  He has his BA in Communications from Azusa Pacific University.

Sean met his wife Karissa while touring with Impact Productions, The Masterpiece, A Toymaker's Dream, an internationally touring and award-winning stage production.  He and his wife Karissa have performed off-Broadway and at the International Arts festival in Kunming, China.  Sean has been writing, directing, and producing sketches and productions for over 30 years.  Sean is the founder of Sojourn Productions and has had the pleasure of directing and producing many of their shows.

Amy Joan Culleny
Academy Business Manager

Amy Joan Culleny, an alumna of the Ocean County Performing Arts Academy (2006), has been pursuing the art of theater for over 20 years, most recently studying acting at Stockton University.

Amy has been involved with Sojourn Productions since its first show in 2007. She had the pleasure of directing High School Musical, Jr (2018), Annie (2011), Annie Get Your Gun (2013), and The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe - Blue Cast (2017), and stage managed the other 11 productions.

After founding and directing the Theater Arts Academy from 2017-2020, Amy is blessed to now be serving as the remote business manager... from all the way out in Missouri!

Emily Perkins
Galloway & Ocean View Dance Instructor 

Emily Perkins has over ten years of dance training from Encore Performing Arts Center, and has participated in competitions with Encore since 2013. Most recently, she competed in the Dancers Inc. Nationals Dance Competition. Her solo performance won an Elite award and her studio was the top scoring studio, winning National Champions. Emily is currently studying dance at Stockton University.

Emily has taken the role as Lead Choreographer in Sojourn Productions' recent performances of Annie, Jr, High School Musical, Jr and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and has choreographed several other dances and performances for both Sojourn Productions and Sojourn Community Church. Her biggest desire is using her gift for God's glory!

Chasen Bynum-Grantham
Galloway Drama Instructor

Chasen Bynum-Grantham has been acting and singing pretty much all his life and as early as the third grade he knew for sure it was something he was created to do forever. Through the years he has dedicated a great deal of his time to the craft of performing, acting and singing in over 30 local stage productions (including two Sojourn Productions), as well as a few independent film features.

Chasen was a founding member of independent film group Red Flight Pictures and during his time with them produced and directed several independent shorts and features. Chasen has taught Drama and Musical Theater for several different arts programs throughout a span of 12 years and he currently serves as Director of the Champion's Arts Academy for Performing Arts in Egg Harbor City, NJ. More recently he has been writing and producing original musical theater productions for college campuses geared at helping students better navigate young adulthood.

He is passionate about teaching and helping young people discover gifts, talents, and ultimately themselves through artistic expression. His holistic approach to teaching the next generation of artists is driven by one strong question and belief : If artists shape our culture, then who's shaping them? For this reason he is delighted to continue in his teaching and artistic journey with Sojourn.