Pilot Episode: First Online With Fran with Angelina Fiordellisi


On 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.

Girl Be Heard

The Power of Words…and Girls

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." "I'm bi." The bullied girl who found school "the scariest place to be," who "went to the blade because I felt afraid." Jewel. The girl who "just because I'm in seventh grade doesn't mean I'm any less discriminated against." Emma. The girl whose dad "beat my mom for 15 years, [but though] she was down she brought herself up." "Elizabeth." "Sticks and stones can break your bones," finished one, but words can hurt you." Words are the currency, and the power, of the young performers of Girl Be Heard, artists and activists who bring global issues affecting girls center stage in cutting-edge theatre. The nonprofit company has performed at the White House, the United Nations, the State Department, TED conferences, and in underserved communities locally and globally. Major original productions have addressed homelessness, the rape epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sex trafficking, and gun violence. It always starts with the personal. When Hazel joined Girl Be Heard, she heard the story of Melanie, whose brother was shot and killed in 2010--something she could not have experienced otherwise. So she shared her stories … [Read More...]

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Excellence in Theater Award Corey Mitchell

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 […]

On the Red Carpet at SOHO International Film Festival

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…

Lillian Rodriguez as Jonas Mekas

Connecting Communities: as easy as ABC

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 […]

Continuing the Conversation with. . . Marisa Vitali, actor/screenwriter/producer

SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNER In 2013, Marisa Vitali, Alysia Reiner and I sat down to talk about GRACE, the movie:  its message, its momentum and its moving evolutionary progress.  To bring you all up to date on GRACE, the movie, now with a SOHO International Film Festival premiere, Marisa and I talked about the […]

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Testimonial #47: Katherine Elliot, Actor/Producer The Tempest Ladies

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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