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.
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.
Associate Faculty Member
"Will Porter was by far the most inspirational workshop I have ever programmed at this Theater intensive high school. He connected to the kids as few can."
-Linda Potter, Former ABRHS Drama Teacher and Advisor of Proscenium Circus
Will is an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and comedian based out of New York City. He has performed internationally, touring with CATS and A Chorus Line, and at sea with Disney Cruise Line. Will has also performed across the country, including the MUNY, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, McCarter Theatre Center, The Fulton Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, and Off-Broadway in Bells Are Ringing.
Most recently, Will served as Choreographer/Associate Director of “Never Sleep Alone” aboard The Scarlet Lady for Richard Branson’s new cruise line, Virgin Voyages.
As an educator, Will firmly believes joy leads to mastery, and that live performance can and should cultivate empathy and courage. He is passionate about helping his students take courageous steps towards their most sparkly selves, and find personalized approaches to unlocking their artistry and vocal power. He has based his work as an educator on his own great mentors, including Jen Waldman and Christopher Bayes.
His classes aim to encourage his students to share generously and joyously. He works independently as a coach, is on faculty with Spot-On Arts Academy, and is a guest teacher with the Acton School of Ballet and Queensborough Performing Arts Center. In the fall, Will is headed to Kansas City to pursue his MFA in Acting at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
"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!"