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 studied at Rhode Island College, receiving degrees in Political Science and Theater Performance, and an MFA in Performance in Society: Using performance to promote social change. 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 also worked in television (Dexter, Defending Jacob) and film (Confess, Fletch, Being Dead), as well as in national and local commercials. He teaches and directs theatrical productions (Boston Casting, Rhode Island College, Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Dean College). He is also a voice over artist, having sent his voice all over the country for commercials, animation, and more. Aaron joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2013.
Instructor of Acting and Musical Theater
Kimberly Palson Frigon has been working as a theater educator and actor for over 20 years. She earned an MA in Theater Education from Emerson College and a dual BA in Elementary Education/Theater from St. Michael's College. Kimberly has previously held positions at Holliston High School (Fine and Performing Arts) and Dean College (School of the Arts) and has taught at several area theater companies (Mass Music and Arts Society; Orpheum Theater, Medfield High School, JCC, Newton; The Footlight Club, and PALS Children's Chorus). An EMACT award winner, past favorite roles include: Adelaide, Guys and Dolls; Anytime Annie, 42nd Street; Diana, Lend Me A Tenor; and Marta, Company. Kimberly joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2021.
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.