From the basic elements of pantomime and role playing to character development and scene study, students are introduced to the fun and work involved in theater. The drama department strives to build good artists while teaching students to work together and think creatively.
FSPA offers a rare opportunity to pursue musical theater at a high level. With professional training in our three departments of Music, Dance and Drama and extraordinary performance opportunities, FSPA musical theater students are having the time of their lives while those pursuing careers on stage are matriculating in the country’s top conservatories and colleges for musical theater. Become a real triple threat at FSPA!
FSPA Drama Director, Instructor of Acting and Improvisation
Nick Paone holds a BA in Theater from Occidental College. A former Equity performer, Nick traveled all over the US performing with TheaterWorks, USA. His regional performing credits include Cabaret, Macbeth, The Wedding Singer, Little Shop of Horrors, Pirates of Penzance
and The Tempest
. Nick has written, conceived and directed for the Franklin Performing Arts Company since 2001. In 2007 he created FPAC’s Whatever Theater Festival, a week-long festival of one-act plays, Shakespeare on the Common and musical entertainment. Nick joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2001.
Instructor of Acting
Aaron Andrade holds a BA in Performance and an MFA in Performance and Society. He has performed throughout New England at such theaters as Trinity Repertory Company, The Trinity Summer Shakespeare Project, Company One, Daydream Theatre Company, Beowulf Theatre and Elemental Theatre Company and as a company member at The Providence Black Repertory Company. Aaron has toured the country in dual language versions of Don Quixote
and Cyrano de Bergerac
. He has been featured on screen in the films Future Justice, Charles & Bone, Permanent, Side by Each
and others. Past favorite roles include Eugene in Yellowman
, Othello, and Javert in Les Misérables
. In 2013 Aaron was invited to perform the role of Clay in Dutchman
at the New England Theater Conference, representing faculty and staff of Rhode Island College. Currently he is the regional and nationals host for Elite Dance Challenge Competition and an adjunct faculty member of Rhode Island College Theater Department. Aaron joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2013.
Casey Harkness Andrade
FSPA Dance Director, Dance Company Director; Instructor of Jazz, Contemporary, and Dance for Musical Theater
Casey Harkness Andrade is a professional choreographer, educator, and performer. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College where she trained and studied with exceptional choreographers including Clay Talifaro, Sean Curran, Colleen Cavanaugh, and Mark Taylor. Casey has worked and performed with various artists throughout the Northeast. While dancing with the Andary Dance Company, Casey had the opportunity to perform at the Cunningham School in New York City. As a member of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Casey has enjoyed roles such as Morticia in The Addams Family and Mayzie in Seussical. Casey has ten years experience being an adjudicator and choreographer for regional and national competitions such as Elite Dance Challenge and Celebration Talent. She has been an adjunct faculty instructor at Rhode Island College, where she taught jazz and worked with the RIC Dance Company as assistant rehearsal director. Casey is currently an adjunct professor at Dean College, teaching courses in both jazz and tap. A member of FSPA’s Dance Faculty since 2011, Casey is the director of the dance department and the FSPA Dance Company. She teaches a variety of classes in dance and musical theater as well as creates and facilitates curriculum, placement of students, and performances for the school.
FSPA Assistant Director, Director of Little Music School and Children's Music, Instructor of Piano and Musical Theater
Kim Rezendes graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and from Rhode Island College with a Master’s Degree in Teaching Music. As coordinator of Children’s Music at FSPA, she also serves as Program Director for the Little Music School and Instructor of Musical Theater. Kim serves as Associate Organist at St. Mary Church in Franklin. One of FSPA’s first students, Kim joined the FSPA faculty in 1997.