Founder & Artistic Director
Fran is a theatre educator, director, voice teacher and proud mother from Acton, MA. She started acting with a local children’s theatre program at the age of 4! Theatre and music were her anchor and joy throughout childhood.
Fran studied acting and voice from the ages of 4 to 22. After graduating from Penn State University with a BA in Religious Studies and a minor in Theatre, Fran began performing and writing music, and acting in local theatre companies in Boston. In 2009, Fran met Amanda McBroom, the talented and inspiring songwriter of "The Rose" and Suzanne Kiechle, master vocal coach to the stars in Hollywood. The friendships to these powerhouse women inspired her to relocate to Los Angeles to study singing and songwriting.
She wrote hundreds of songs, made a demo and performed in clubs. In 2010, Fran met Janet Adderley, the founder of The Adderley School for the Performing Arts, and quickly became her right hand. For the Adderley School, Fran taught musical theatre workshops, coached students in voice, and studied the Adderley method with Janet. She soon became the Administrative Director of the schools in the Pacific Palisades and Santa Barbara, CA.
Over the course of her years at Adderley, Fran directed several productions and assistant directed and vocal coached The Adderley School Choir for their performance on PBS with Andrea Bocelli in 2016. She also helped to open up a new location of the school in Austin, TX in 2017.
Now back in the Boston area, Fran has directed productions at local high schools and worked as a teacher and director in residence at Watertown Children's Theatre.
Currently, Fran is also the theatre teacher for the the pilot Theatre Workshop program at Blanchard Memorial School in Boxborough.
You can find her original music at franbetlyon.bandcamp.com. Favorite musical theatre roles in Boston include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Amy in Company, Carla in NINE, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
LYDIAN DEVERE YARD
Lydian is an independent theater artist who grew up in Northeast Ohio. A third generation actor, her family’s legacy is at the Chagrin Valley Little Theater in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where she joined the youth theater program and performed in many mainstage and youth productions. She attended Interlochen Arts Camp as a voice major in Michigan and Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio as a music theater major and received a Bachelors of Music degree. She studied voice at BWC as well as The Cleveland Institute of Music.
After 8 years in New York pursuing theater and training in the Meisner method, Lydian moved to Massachusetts with her husband where they started a family and continued to be active in the Greater Boston theater scene. Lydian formed DreamPlay Theater, her own theater company in 2011 - 2012, and produced the musical “The Light in the Piazza”.
Lydian believes strongly in providing nurturing and supportive instruction in stagecraft and performance, and in giving back the gifts that were given to her as a young performer by her instructors. To find joy in creativity and storytelling is a wonderful gift to receive and to give, and Lydian looks forward to seeing what ideas students bring to Paper Moon Workshop.
to pass on valuable knowledge and skills to our lucky students.
Dance & Movement Teacher
Robin began studying dance at the age of 3 and continued until the age of 28. During high school, she participated in and choreographed for musical theatre, show choirs, and summer theatre programs. At the age of 18, she performed Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography. Robin graduated from SUNY Brockport with a double major in Contemporary Dance Performance and Visual Arts. During college, she was a scholarship student with the Rochester City Ballet and with Garth Fagan Dance. After her experience with GFD, she moved to Kingston, Jamaica to study and perform Caribbean folk dance and was allowed to rehearse with the National Dance Theatre Company there. Robin attended Middlesex University in London, England where she studied MA Choreography with Performing Arts. During her time there, she performed at The Roundhouse and rehearsed aerial work at the Circus Space. She lived and worked in NYC for many years where she performed and taught dance. She was the guest choreographer at Talent Unlimited, a performing arts high school in Manhattan. Since moving to Massachusetts, Robin has completed an MA in Interior Architecture from Suffolk University. She is thrilled to be teaching dance again for Paper Moon Workshop.
Teaching Assistant and
Melissa is a mother of two boys with autism and an avid theatre enthusiast. She previously worked as a daycare teacher and specializes in working with ages 3-6. , but on most days you will find her with her boys who are her world. Melissa trained in theatrical performance in college and sang with several choirs throughout her life. Favorite performances include “Working” and “On the Verge.” “Music and Theater have always played a big role in my life and sharing that with children is a gift!”
Tim Maurice is a classically-trained musician in the Greater Boston Area, where he works as a freelance pianist, composer, arranger, and music director.
Born in Maine, Tim started learning piano at the age of 5. As he got older, he discovered a joy for creating music and experimenting with recording. He found himself learning and listening to a variety of music, being exposed to both classical and pop/rock sensibilities. Tim first enrolled at Bates College, where he studied piano under Natasha Chances, a former student of Alfred Cortot. He later transferred to Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in Film Scoring.
Since then, Tim has written and produced music for a number of independent film productions in New England. He composed, performed, and produced the music for "Searchdog," an award-winning documentary about search & rescue dogs, now streaming on Amazon Prime. Expanding upon his classical roots, Tim has also performed in a variety of musical settings, including musical theater, jazz, and celtic. In 2018, Tim had the honor of performing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with soprano Jennifer Ellis. He’s worked as an orchestrator for Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti. Tim was also music director, arranger, and pianist for the cabaret show "Never Far From Home" at Central Square Theater, which earned critical acclaim from The Boston Globe.
"Paper Moon Workshop is my dream coming true. I am so grateful to all my teachers and students who helped me get to this creatively abundant time in my life. It is time to pay it forward!"