Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, born in Nashville, Tennessee, began her acting career by studying theater and drama at Belmont University but graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia with a degree in Psychology. She began acting in church and community theater productions which led to commercials and hosting for television shows.
Cheryl first stepped behind the camera as a local television show producer, although she continued her on camera role as a host and celebrity interviewer. She moved into network programming in a variety of roles for shows airing on CBS, ESPN, BET, FOX Sports and PAX.Blessed with a dynamic personality and insightful mind, Cheryl has made her mark in in the movie-making industry in various capacities. Cheryl’s entry into film began as an extra and a production assistant on “Glory Road.” She found a niche in film in casting which opened the door to her first film producer role. She has since produced two features. Her feature, Flag of My Father,” garnered the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2011 GI Film Festival and she was co-producer of the heartwarming film, “Finding Normal.”
Besides working behind the camera, Cheryl is also known to Christian film lovers as producer and host of Christian Movie Connect, a weekly online, broadcast-quality video podcast website that features the who’s who in the Christian entertainment and music industry. The podcast, also syndicated by Parables TV and ChristianCinema.com, has featured actors Jennifer O-Neill and John Schneider; filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick of Sherwood Pictures, David A.R. White of PureFlix, Bobby Downes of Echolight Studios, Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales, as well as Christian movie studio executives from 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, and more.
Cheryl has also established quite a following on Examiner.com with her informative articles about the latest in the Christian movie industry as the National Christian Movies Examiner. The tireless and enthusiastic Christian films advocate is also the owner of Christian entertainment marketing and media agency, Premier1 Studios.
2013 Finding Normal (TV movie) (co-producer)
2011 Flag of My Father (producer)
2009 Desires of the Heart (producer)
2011 Flag of My Father
2009 Desires of the Heart
2011 Mama I Want to Sing – On-air reporter
2010 Persona – Susan
2009 Desires of the Heart – Nurse
2007 False Hope – Sandy Meredith
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus (TV movie) – Elf
2011 Flag of My Father (unit publicist)
2007 Varsity Inc. (TV series) (utility – 6 episodes)
2006 Season of the Tiger (TV series) (production assistant – 6 episodes)