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.
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...]
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 […]
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 […]
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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