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Adult Acting Class: Crafting Characters with Frances

June 18

June 18

Lincoln Theater is pleased to present – “Crafting Characters with Frances” a new acting class for adults (ages 18 and up) taught by Frances Mercanti-Anthony.

“This is a class for writers, actors, directors, storytellers, and anyone interested in producing their own works of fiction. We will begin with a blank canvas, and move through the craft of character development weaving in elements of scenic design, costuming, staging, and culminating in a monologue performed before the class. This course is ideal for those looking to stretch their creative muscles, and take risks in their work. Those who have always wanted to try their hand at writing or acting, but have felt intimidated, this is your welcome space! Come create with us!” –Frances

Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm beginning Tuesday June 18 and continuing through Tuesday July 23 (6 classes in total). Enrollment fee is $150. This class is limited to 15 participants.

Why should YOU take an acting class with Frances? Because you’ll love it! But you don’t have to take our word for it… here is what Frances’ former students have to say:

I LOVED it! The humor, heart and knowledge she brought each week kept me laughing, engaged and learning.

Frances is a gem – talented, organized, patient, and encouraging. She created a fun and safe space for people to try things that many had never tried.

It occurred to me over the span of the class that acting/improvising with a small group is a bit akin to falling in love. We all have our quirks and our biases, but when you step over your accustomed comfort zone and say YES to playing with others (strangers!) anything is possible. I daresay, friendships were formed and we surprised ourselves!

Frances has a keen eye and ear, and a way of giving feedback that is enlivening and encouraging.

Please contact the Lincoln Theater office via email or call us at (207) 563-3424 with any questions.
If you need to discuss payment by installments or scholarship options, please email Executive Director Christina Belknap and we will be happy to work with you to make it possible for you to participate!

Curtain going up!

Frances Mercanti-Anthony:
After earning her BA in Theatre Performance at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Frances Mercanti-Anthony began her professional career in the off-Broadway company of Mr. Marmalade at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York City. She went on to perform in four different Broadway productions, including the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012 revival of Cyrano de Bergerac with Douglas Hodge at the American Airlines Theatre, and the Olivier-Winning West End import Jerusalem starring Sir Mark Rylance at the Music Box Theatre. She was an original company member of the 2006 TONY award-winning Best Musical Spring Awakening. From 2013-2016 she was the director of the theatre program at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter High School in Center City, Philadelphia, PA. In 2016 she signed on to teach the acting program at the Rutgers University Extension Division High School Musical Theatre Academy in New Brunswick, NJ. She was the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine from 2017-2022. Most recently she appeared in Season Six of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.Since 2018 she has lived in Round Pond, Maine with her sailor husband Mark Phillips, her stepson Evan, and her daughters Lorelei and Calliope.