Raye Lynn Mercer
Founder of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Raye Lynn Mercer received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Middlebury College and attended the Vienna International Music Center in Vienna, Austria, where she studied with Maria-Regina Seidlhofer of the Academy of Music. Her teachers included Guiseppe deLellis, Diana Fanning, Gabriel Chodos and Yoriko Takahashi. Pianist, director and choreographer, Raye Lynn has presented 31 seasons of musicals, plays, concerts and dance productions with FSPA and the community-based Franklin Performing Arts Company, established in 1991.
Raye Lynn serves as Administrator of the school, oversees the FSPA musical theater program and directs the international touring ensemble Electric Youth
. Her FSPA student's résumés include Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, regional and touring companies, European concert tours, Fox-TV’s American Idol
finals and performances at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, as well as placement in top college and conservatory arts programs. Combining profession and hobby, Raye Lynn has directed Symphony of Horses productions across the country. Internationally, she has developed Electric Youth’s
professional concert tours in Europe and taught musical theater workshops in Austria and Hong Kong. President and Executive Director of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Raye Lynn is the visionary of THE BLACK BOX, a new performance and event venue located behind FSPA in the heart of downtown Franklin.
FSPA Drama Director
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.
Instructor of Acting
Sal graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. His regional theater performance credits include Jonathan in “Thanks, Man” and Dave in “Heading Toward Tiki Villa” (Theatre on File, Boston/Theater Marathon). He has also been seen as George Gibb in “Our Town”, Dr. Einstein in “Arsenic & Old Lace”, Florizel/Gaoler in “The Winter’s Tale”, and as Mayor Rufus Poindexter and Aggie in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He can also be seen in New Shepherd Film’s “Footprints”. Sal is a KC/ACTF Ryan Acting Scholarship semi-finalist.
Instructor of Dance, Musical Theater
Amanda Dubois has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance Performance and Communications from Rhode Island College. Her musical theater performance credits include Godspell
, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
and It’s All Your Parents’ Fault!
Dance performance credits include Triptych
, Arms of Justice
, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas
, La Giornata Omicida
and A Long Memory
. Amanda joined the FSPA Drama and Dance Faculty in 2016.
FSPA Assistant Director, Director of Little Music School and Children's Music
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 and Cantor at St. Mary Church in Franklin. One of FSPA’s first students, Kim joined the FSPA faculty in 1997.