Frank is an actor, playwright, stage director, and teaching artist who has served on the Teachers & Writers Collaborative roster since 1998. He uses Common Core standards and theories of multiple intelligences to facilitate workshops in creative writing and theater arts with students of all ages. As an arts educator, he has worked with gifted, special education, ELL, visually-impaired, and at-risk youth.
His residencies infuse theater, playwriting, poetry, and scriptwriting into science, social studies, and language arts curricula. In addition, he conducts staff development workshops empowering teachers with creative tools for the classroom. For Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Adolescent Health Center, he used theater, improvisation, and writing as tools to teach health issues to adolescents. He has also directed and consulted for many high school theater productions.
Frank is the writer and performer of the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway, one-man play Blood Type: RAGU, portraying over 20 characters based on his experiences growing up as a first-generation child of immigrant parents. The show was awarded two United Solo Awards for Best Comic Actor and Best Comedic Script and is presently touring nationally and internationally. Frank is also the recipient of the Arts Award for outstanding Performing Artist and Arts Educator for Westchester County. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous stage productions regionally and Off Broadway and has had recurring television roles on The Equalizer, The Guiding Light, and One Life to Live. He can also be seen in a featured role in the indie film Figs for Italo currently touring the film festival circuit. Frank has directed many stage musicals, play, concerts, cabarets, and has also written, directed, and produced the NY Cable Follies, a musical satire of the year’s events in the cable industry, performed for TV network executives from Time Warner, Disney Channel, and HBO.
For Lifetime Arts, Frank conducts memoir-writing workshops with mature populations in libraries and assisted living facilities. He is an adjunct acting instructor as SUNY Purchase, fluent in Italian, and holds a BA in theater arts and educational theater from SUNY Empire State College.