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.

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Former Northport teacher impacts students decade after retiring

League of Professional Theatre Frances McGarry taught English and theater in the Northport-East Northport school district until 2004. Her former students include Tony and Emmy winner Edie Falco, a graduate of Northport High School and a star of "The Sopranos" and "Nurse Jackie." Photo Credit: Blanche Mackey Updated June 18, 2016 10:18 AM By Joe Diglio  joe.diglio@newsday.com The biggest piece of advice Frances McGarry gave students over the course of her 30-year teaching career -- take risks and don’t be afraid of failure -- was crystalized in one young man who overcame his fears and found his voice. McGarry said an eighth-grade student she once had was terrified of a public speaking assignment because of a speech impediment. His mother asked that he not participate, but McGarry refused. She worked with him to overcome his barriers. "By the end of the year, he was speaking freely and confidently," McGarry said. The student had revealed himself to be "a bright kid who had a lot to share and was eager to voice his opinions." McGarry, who taught English and theater in the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District until 2004, said she was fortunate to come across many students with whom she could share her passion of literature and the arts. Often, the roles between McGarry and her students reversed. "The honors English classes' literary discussions kept me on my feet and taught me to listen and guide their queries and observations," McGarry said. A decade after … [Read More...]

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