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.
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 inspirational arc of this project. Here are some clips from our conversation: Fran: Oh my goodness. It’s been quite a while since our last interview. And it looks like you’re on fast forward here and I’m so excited about GRACE being at the Soho International Film Festival. So, how did it get there? What happened? Marisa: I’m really excited, too; actually, it’s like a week away, at this point. Just through the festival submission process. Soho was on my list of festivals that I wanted to submit to right here in NYC and just patiently waited to hear back. Fran: When did you hear? M: I think it was probably about the second week in March which is awesome because most festivals you hear back from like 3 weeks before the festival. So, I feel that I’ve had enough time to prepare for the festival and the festival run. So I’m really excited about that. F: And this is the first time you’re doing… M: Yes, this is the first time GRACE is coming out into the world. Yes. It’s her premier; we’ll be screening here in New York and really I’m just kind of over the moon about it. I can’t believe it’s happening. It’s surreal. F: And it is happening! … [Read More...]
An Interview with Stella Berg & Katherine Elliot By Frances McGarry In 2008, six Syracuse University Acting students imagined a novel approach to presenting Shakespeare. Inspired by a semester abroad program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, Stella Berg, a co-founder/producer/actor of the company, experienced Shakespeare in an entirely different light. “I saw what it […]
THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. ANNOUNCES THE 2015 COLLABORATION AWARD WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN The deadline for the submission of applications will be 11:59 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015 Award winners will be announced by September 2015 The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. will present the 2015 […]
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”—Henry David Thoreau Join a movement! Slow Art Day is an international event encouraging people of all ages to visit museums and to look at art slowly. WHY: • To break out of your typical “go, go, go” routine. • To learn about yourself, […]
| March 26, 2015 By Valerie Steiker If you grow up in New York City, certain landmarks become your own. For Holden Caulfield, it was the Central Park ducks; for Stuart Little, it was the boat basin. For me, it was always the Plaza. Maybe it started because my parents held their wedding reception there—I […]
March 12, 2015 By Judith Light My mother taught me when I was three years old to memorize and recite “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Everybody laughs, but it’s absolutely the truth. My mother was my first teacher of the arts, and I performed “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” for my father, so he was […]
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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