Brittany Franklin

Brittany Franklin (Brownsville Recreation Center)

Brittany FranklinMy name is Brittany Franklin and I was born April 25th, 1991. I’m twenty-two years old. I was born in New York and raised mostly in Queens. I just graduated college from Queens Borough Community College where I majored in liberal Arts, with a focus in journalism. I wanted to do theater or directing but they didn’t have that program at the time, so I was like, “Shucks!” Now that I’ve graduated I am trying to do playwriting and directing.

I went to LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, and my concentration there was vocal. In high school I started suffering profound hearing loss and felt I had to change my direction from vocal. It’s just recently that I got back into theater; that’s why I wanted to come do The Tempest to see if it was something that I really loved and it wasn’t just my imagination. Now watching Lear direct the play I’m like, “I want to do that!”

My mom is a writer, so everybody thought I was going to major in English and write a book, but as I was writing my book, a fiction, I was like, “I don’t like this at all.” So after college I decided I’d take a year and try to actually write a screenplay. I’m going to do it with my friends from LaGuardia as kind of a LaGuardia alumni production. And afterwards if nothing happens from that, I might apply to NYU or the Film Academy—somewhere with a really big director’s program.

With writing I realize that I can say anything I want, I can paint a picture, and growing up I was a very imaginative person. I feel like ever since I was little I’ve been telling my friends, “No, it has to be this way, you have to stand right there, it’s all part of the image!” I was always explaining to people my point of view so they can get it a little better. Even with my mom, when she sits down to talk with me about her book, I’m explaining to her the characters, their back-story, how they can act and things like that. So I think painting the picture and actually putting it onstage and on screen for the audience to be a part of my experience—I think that’s what really gravitated me towards directing. I don’t want to be the director that says, “Okay, act, react. ACTION!” I want to be the director that really explains things so people can get the bigger picture.

I got involved with The Tempest through Kenny, who’s one of the featured singers in the show. He brought me the flyer and told me I should come audition. And I’m so glad I did because I LOVE it. I love the atmosphere and I love the people. Everybody’s just so happy all the time and the energy is so positive. Watching everyone work and share a common interest—it’s a theatre community that I haven’t been a part of since high school. I felt like there was a big gap missing for me over the past four years, so now I feel like I’m back where I’m supposed to be. I can’t wait for the performances. The vibe of the opening night, and then the closing show where everybody’s so excited backstage—I really can’t wait for that. I remember that so vividly from high school. Everybody’s so excited at the closing show and people are so emotional and they start crying, saying, “I’m going to miss you!” I love that feeling, and am really looking forward to our cast sharing those experiences.

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