Pilot Episode: First Online With Fran with Angelina FiordellisiOn November 19th, 2012 First Online With Fran featured Artistic Director and founder of the Cherry Lane Theatre, Angelina Fiordellisi. Listen to her reflect on the work at the Cherry Lane Theatre, most notably the 2013 Mentor Project, among others, and how they contribute to cultivating an urban artist colony, honor its ground-breaking heritage, create theater that illuminates contemporary issues and transforms the human spirit. Click here for more info.
“As a female playwright I believe strongly that I need to concentrate on writing good, strong roles for women. For each play I write, I've made a personal commitment to myself to never allow the male roles to outnumber or outshine the female roles. I hope that inspires other women to advance the roles of women in all aspects of theatre.” It just does not get any better for an actor than to not only have the opportunity to be cast in the world premiere of a play, Lie of Omission, but also get to meet its playwright. As arts advocate/host of First Online With Fran featuring ordinary people who do extraordinary things in The Arts and proponent of advancing the work of women through my membership at The League of Professional Theatre Women I felt compelled to share with you the arc of this fascinating woman’s journey from soldier to storyteller. Here are some clips of our conversation… How did your career in the military evolve from soldier to playwright? The military and military life has been a huge influence on me. My husband works for the Department of Defense and Germany is where we are stationed. I've actually lived in Germany more than half my life as I came here as an active duty soldier in the early 80s. After spending three years as a soldier, I worked for the Department of the Army as a civilian until I took an early retirement from government service almost a year ago. I now spend my time in creative pursuits. I first became involved in community … [Read More...]
Deanna Lee Become a fan Huff Post IMPACT What’s Working Posted: 07/29/2015 6:22 pm EDT Updated: 07/30/2015 1:59 pm EDT On a warm summer evening in Bedford, New York, surrounded by rolling hills and a warm audience of supporters, the girls introduced themselves, in all their diversity and honesty: “I’m yellow.” “I’m white.” “I’m caramel.” […]
Theater Education Matters! Corey Mitchell accepting the Excellence in Theater Education Award during the Creative Arts Awards portion of the 2015 Tony ceremony with Carnegie Mellon University. 2015 Award Winner Corey Mitchell Performing Arts Teacher / Theatre Director Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte, North Carolina Corey has been a great asset to the community […]
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Honor Teachers with the Excellence in Theatre Education Award
Behind every great performance is inspiration, and behind that inspiration is a great teacher. Carnegie Mellon University and the Tony Awards have announced Corey Mitchell, theater arts teacher at the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, N.C., as the inaugural winner of the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. This special honor recognizes a K-12 […]
First Online With Fran got to ask the official participants and attendees of the 2015 SOHO International Film Festival how the arts play a vital role in our society. Listen to what they had to say…
The Alphabet Series at Metropolitan Playhouse Lillian Rodriguez as Jonas Mekas Inspired by the community of people who inhabit the East Village, Alex Roe, Artistic Director of Metropolitan Playhouse crafted the Alphabet City series, a theatrical production that captures snapshots of local personalities whose personal stories make […]
The First 100 Stories Campaign
First Online With Fran: The First 100 Stories Campaign National Arts in Education Week, September 8 -14. In July 2010, Congress designated the second week of September as National Arts In Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. To that end, First Online with Fran is launching The First 100 Stories Campaign. The Arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation. Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent the decline of arts inclusion, the budgetary solution remains to be that the arts are perceived as extra-curricular and disposable. In Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee, the central character decided to right a wrong by collecting stories: “One story makes you weak. But as soon as we have one-hundred stories, you will be strong.” Similarly, we can do the same for the Arts. Here’s how: Let’s hear it from you: Teachers! Students! Graduates! Parents! … Submit Your Testimonial...
How has your life been indelibly touched by a teacher who utilized the arts for whatever reason and acknowledge how they were instrumental in breaking the mold to allow you to become who you are today? Being artistic is just sort of in my blood, so I guess I was born with a broken mold. […]
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