Pilot Episode: First Online With Fran with Angelina Fiordellisi

“I think that one of our greatest responsibilities as theater providers,” asserts Angelina Fiordellisi, “is to sensitize the tribe . . . deepening our primal connections, our primal needs, our primal impulses and what Shakespeare calls ‘holding the mirror up to society’.” This poignant insight is particularly significant since the tragic course of events this past week in Newtown, Connecticut.

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.

First Online With Fran was shot and edited by The New York Film Shop, Andrea Bertola, Artistic Director.

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  1. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll
    be book-marking and checking back often!

    • drfrances says:

      Thank you! Yes, please share with friends and colleagues! Make First Online With Fran the first national tv talk show dedicated solely to advocating for the arts. My goal is 20,000 hits…Are you with me?

  2. Great interview! Thanks, Fran! ~Christen (Dramatic Adventure Theatre)

    • drfrances says:

      thank you! Your feedback is valued! Please share and make First Online With Fran the first national tv talk show dedicated solely to people like YOU!!!

  3. I keep checking back to this site to see how’s it going. I really want to support your cause here and get more support for the arts. I know everyone I’ve met so far has not given me any negative response to the arts. Everyone loves the arts and music as I am being told over and over. It is a core value in our society and it should never be taken away from children or adults who want to learn. Just visit http://www.llineeupbeatproductions.com and you will hear other people speak out for the arts and music. Please join in participating at that site as well as here with Fran McGarry.

  4. Terrific, Francesca! Keep going, lovely lady. You have a real flair for this. xoxo

  5. karindelapenha says:

    Terrific, Francesca! You have a real flair for this.

  6. Great work Fran! The way I see it, since schools are cutting the arts, then it’s up to us to provide it. We can either complain or we can act! Drama Kids International now has 60 offices in the USA which go into schools when the bell rings at the end of the day and provides drama when the schools can’t. Parents and kids want this. We need more offices and more local owners. Dramakids.com

    • drfrances says:

      Hi Doug!

      Would love to learn more about your work; let me know if you would be interested in an interview/blog? Please be sure to contribute your testimonial on how the arts transform people’s lives to The First 100 Stories Campaign!

      Stay tuned for the next episode of First Online With Fran…

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