Frank Ferraro is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, working individually and collaboratively in painting, sculpture, video, site-specific installation, sound-art, theater and writing. His visual work has appeared and featured in local and international publications (MusicworksCanada, ARTES magazine UK) where his work has been described as “exceptional”. In 2002, he was the acting art director for the Junction Dance Theatre. The second of two JDT projects Forget/Everything, was voted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the top ten most visually stunning stage sets of 2003.
In 2004 he developed the Sonic Bridge project, an investigation of the urban soundscape. The success of his investigation led to a commission for a sound sculpture at the Homestead public library and he was invited to be the featured artist WYEP’s radio show Allegheny Front.
His collaborations with composer and performance artist Stephen Pellegrino (4 Quarters, Calling Mr. Conrad) were performed as part of the Three Rivers Arts festival, First Night and Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland OH. In 2009 he wrote produced and co-directed (Musical Score S. Pellegrino) The Heinz-funded (gravity + grace) at The Hillman Performing Arts Theater chronicling his ongoing battle with Parkinson's Disease. An excerpt of (gravity + grace) was re-stage in 2011 and titled “What About Me," and performed at the August Wilson Center as part of TENacity, Sprout Fund production honoring the best works of the past decade.
In 2012 he collaborated with artist Carolyn Speranza’s video installation at the JCC Gallery.
Mr. Ferraro is also a filmmaker. His first full-length documentary Wine & Dust (2012) was part of the Three Rivers Film Festival and also aired on WQED’s Filmmakers Corner. His current project is a documentary on the internationally known rock band Crack the Sky. Other Films by Mr. Ferraro include 100% Slim – A profile of local country singer Slim Forsythe.
Mr Ferraro’s story of an artist living with Parkisons was told by Marie Caruso, founder of Bodiography ballet company in 2013 (Left Leg, Right Brain the Frank Ferraro story at the Byham Theater) He also writing a book on using Art as a way overcoming a disability titled “Til Death Do Us Part” as he continues to paint and create sculptures in addition to his sound, video and theater projects his current project is “in the Company of Ghosts” with Adrienne Wehr.
Mr. Ferraro has received grants from the Heinz Endowment of The Arts, The Sprout Foundation, Pa Council for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation for Creative Development, AW Mellon Foundation, The Fine Foundation and The Artist Opportunity Fund to name a few.
Award-winning performer/producer, Adrienne Wehr is a force in independent filmmaking. She produced the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning indie feature The Bread, My Sweet (aka: A Wedding for Bella), still in worldwide distribution. She is performer/producer for the award-winning web series Dog Bytes: https://www.youtube.com/user/dogbytestheseries The series has garnered international/domestic acclaim and was named as one of the “Best Web Series of 2015” at Cannes 2016. She was nominated for “Best Actor” honors at Rio Webfest in Rio De Janeiro for Dog Bytes.
For more than a decade, Wehr was Associate Producer for the Emmy award-winning children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—the show that shaped America’s values for children and was the benchmark for quality programming.
She performs for film, stage, TV and as a voice-over artist. Film credits include 20th Century Fox’s Unstoppable directed by Tony Scott, Lionsgate’s Warrior, Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Dogma, Disney’s Inspector Gadget, George Romero Presents Deadtime Stories, Riddle, Strange Girls, The Bread, My Sweet, Lightweight, The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested, Lift, Progression, The Umbrella Man, Exterior; Night, The Race, Inheritance, Breakage, A Fancy Piece of Homicide, Alone and Immaculate Reception which premiered at Sundance 2014. www.imdb.com/name/nm0917606/
Theatre credits include: The Mercy Seat, Death and the Maiden, Without Ruth, Inky (Off the Wall); Chicks With Dicks (Bricolage); Becky’s New Car (The Rep); Women Beware Women, Cheapside (UnSeam’d Shakespeare); The Ghost Sonata, Camino Real, The Royal Family, Laura, The Skin of Our Teeth (The Acting Company); Dracula (City Theatre); world premieres of Take a Letter and gravity + grace and the Pittsburgh premiere of Ping Chong’s The Angels of Swedenborg. She performed/produced productions for La MaMa ETC in NYC and was a founding producer/host of the long-lived theatrical cabaret The Dark Night Series for City Theatre in Pittsburgh.
Wehr is featured in Chris Gore’s Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide (3rd Edition) relaying the winning strategy behind guiding The Bread, My Sweet through its celebrated festival season onto global distribution. She has served as a: consultant on independent filmmaking; art director/production designer/stylist for film & media; guest teaching artist for Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers; cross-disciplinary arts educator for the Carnegie Museum of Art and at-risk communities; acting coach and professional illustrator. Her other creative disciplines include still photography, sculpture, painting, movement theater/dance, writing, and she is currently learning how to sing.
She was recipient of Women in Film and Media’s distinguished Opal Award for Excellence in the field of Film/Media, and has been honored in the past by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of “Pittsburgh’s Fifty Finest” and “Top Cultural Forces”, and among “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine.
Wehr holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing/Literature with a minor in Performing and Visual Arts from Denison University; studied Communication Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh; Production/Lighting Design, and Dance at Point Park University. Professional mentors include Beth Claussen, Meredith Monk, Eiko and Koma, Mark Taylor, Maree ReMalia, Tome Cousin, Maureen Fleming, Kari Margolis, Buddy Thompson, Amy Hartman, Jeffrey Bergman, Michael Shurtleff, John Homa, Jeff Dockweiler, Jeff Monahan, Melanie Dreyer, Michelle & Robert Colt, and Glen Gress.
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