Since 1997 Ben Franklin Academy has offered a unique Theatre-Arts Program that pairs the academic study of dramatic literature with a practical training course in stage production. Motivated students may also continue their professional growth through internships at well-known organizations in the Atlanta area. The program is run like a small ensemble theatre company with a three-show season and operating departments in marketing, design, and theatre management. Students initially choose a track in either tech theatre or acting, but all are working members of the ensemble and everyone learns basic skills in all aspects of theatre production. The Theatre Arts program is an elective credit toward graduation and also provides work study credit.
Our theatre company, known as The Franklin Players, have produced plays as diverse as Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, Molière’s The School for Wives, the Jones and Schmidt musical The Fantastics, and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Program Director Dr. Pamela Turner provides her own expertise as an academic and as a professional playwright-director, along with the contributions of professional guest artists that have included NYC playwright Andrew Ordover, musician Bryan Mercer, set designer John Thigpen, and writer-actor Scott Turner Schofield. In 2005 and 2008, The Franklin Players placed second in the regional Georgia High School One-Act Play Competition, and in 2006, took a first-place.
Students participating in the Theatre Arts training program may be eligible for a professional growth internship at one of several participating professional theatre companies in the Atlanta metro area. In addition there are several opportunities for students to intern for BFA's own theatre company, The Franklin Player. Click here for a list of student positions in the Franklin Players.
This year we will be performing the following plays:
The fall play will be Finding Claire, by New Jersey based playwright Kim Merrill. The performance dates are October 31 at 2:00 pm, and November 1 and 2 at 7:00 pm. Performances will be held at the Ben Franklin Academy Carriage House. The spring play performance dates are March 6 and 7 at 7:00 pm and on March 8 at 4:30 pm. They also will be held at the Ben Franklin Academy Carriage House. The spring play will be an original ensemble-developed play based on elements from five 17th century French fairytales that were credited at the time to Charles Perrault though most of them were actually the work of female writers. The Disappearance of Me will be the story of a modern princess who meets a Bluebeard-like character online and is forced to save herself through both magical and real dangers in his castle of locked doors.