Contact & Info
I use my own experiences as a produced playwright, published writer and award-winning performer to create a container of trust and sharing for community building. I also provide a creative atmosphere for my participants, encouraging freedom to express themselves. In the end, the goal is to build self-esteem, empowerment and life skills, all wrapped with a sense of fun through learning. Frank is the writer/performer of the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway one-man play Blood Type: RAGU (presently touring). He has also acted in theater, television, and can be presently seen in the independent film Figs for Italo. His writing exercises have been published in the book, From Medusa to the Sky, and his writing has been analyzed in the book, From Wiseguys to Wisemen written by Prof. Fred Gardaphe. He is the recipient of the Arts Award given by the Westchester Arts Council recognizing his contributions as an arts educator, actor and playwright within the county of Westchester. He is the winner of two United Solo Awards as Best Comic Actor and Best Comedic Script for his solo performance work.
BA in Theater Arts/Educational Theater - SUNY Empire State College; completed William Esper Acting Studio program; trained in Meisner Acting Technique; attended HB Studios. Teaching Artist training workshops: Elders Share the Arts, Irondale Ensemble, SPARK Family Arts Forum, Artsgenesis Teachers & Artists Institute, Community-Word Project.
Teaching Artist Experience
Frank has worked as a teaching artist for nearly 20 years. He has conducted residencies and workshops for adult assisted living facilities, K-12 schools, arts/cultural organizations, community centers and libraries. He has also facilitated staff developments for educators on how to bring creative teaching ideas into the classroom. His teaching disciplines are in any form of theater and creative writing. His specialty is using his art form as a tool to teach common core standards throughout the curriculum. He is presently serving on the teaching artist roster for ArtsWestchester, Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Young Audiences New York. He served as the summer theater youth program director for SUNY Purchase and presently is the resident director for the St. Joseph's Regional High School Theatre Program. ArtsWestchester teaching residencies include: Grimes School in Mt. Vernon where 4th and 5th graders created graphic novels related to their science and social studies curricula on Native Americans, natural disasters and the water cycle and then wrote and performed tableaux based on their graphic novels; Highview School in Greenburgh where 2nd and 3rd graders wrote, performed and filmed plays while learning about immigration and the Comanche tribe; Lee Jackson in Greenburgh where ESL kindergarten and 1st graders enhanced their social skills while developing and presenting a play which was filmed and viewed by parents; School 9 in Yonkers where 5th graders learned about photosynthesis and how a bill becomes a law through creative writing, drama and film making; School 30 in Yonkers where 8th graders learned math and social studies while writing, acting and filming plays.