Frank Ferarro

    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 (Musicworks Canada, 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   LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE   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 Parkisons 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.

 

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 (Musicworks Canada, 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

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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 Parkisons 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.

 

Adrienne Wehr

 Award-winning performer/producer, Adrienne Wehr is a force in independent filmmaking outside of the traditional Hollywood mold. She and Melissa Martin produced the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning indie feature   THE BREAD, MY SWEET   (aka:   A Wedding for Bella   )  which remains in worldwide distribution. Adrienne, Martin, and Tammy Tsai of Bad Lady Flicks, are teamed-up on the multi award-winning web series   DOG BYTES:       https://www.youtube.com/user/dogbytestheseries    The series has garnered both international as well as domestic acclaim and was named as one of the   “Best Web Series of 2015”   at Cannes 2016.  For more than a decade, Adrienne 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.   Adrienne is featured in  Chris Gore’s    Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide (3    rd     Edition)     relaying the winning strategy behind guiding   The Bread, My Sweet   through its celebrated festival season onto its global distribution. She has been a consultant/lecturer on independent filmmaking, an art director/production designer/wardrobe stylist for film, commercials, and interactive media. She served as the lead film/media grant panelist for the   Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative  ; has been a guest teaching artist for  Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers ; a cross-disciplinary arts educator for the  Carnegie Museum of Art  and at-risk communities; creative writing and arts educator at  The American School in Switzerland ; art/director and producer for  HBM/Creamer ; production manager, writer and graphic designer for  Gateway Studios ; acting coach and professional illustrator.  She performed in and produced live theatre productions for  La MaMa ETC  in New York City and was the founding producer/host of the long-lived theatrical cabaret     The Dark Night Series   for  City Theatre  in Pittsburgh, PA. She was Chairperson for the  Pittsburgh Film and Media Alliance,  a longtime board member and national convention delegate for the  American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) , Councilor for  Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) , and is also a member of  Actors Equity Association (AEA)  and  IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).  She serves as a member of the performance company, as well as on the Board of Advisors, at  Off the Wall Productions  of  The Carnegie Stage.    In 2015 she was a keynote speaker for the  Women and Girls’ Foundation  inaugural   Crossroads   conference; the recipient of  Women in Film and Media’s  distinguished   Opal Award   in 2011, for Excellence in the field of Film/Media;  has been named in the past by the  Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette  as one of the   Fifty Finest   as well as among   Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Forces  ;     among   40 Under 40   by  Pittsburgh Magazine ; and has performed in numerous award-winning independent films and commercial campaigns. Recently she was nominated for   BEST FEMALE ACTOR    honors at Rio Webfest in Rio De Janeiro for   DOG BYTES.    Adrienne’s performance credits include film, stage, TV, radio, web, print, in addition to serving 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, PROGRESSION, THE UMBRELLA MAN, EXTERIOR; NIGHT   among numerous others. She is a principal cast member of   THE IMMACULATE RECEPTION  , a film by Charlotte Glynn which premiered at Sundance 2014.   Theatre credits include:   THE MERCY SEAT, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, WITHOUT RUTH  ,   INKY, CHICKS WITH DICKS, BECKY’S NEW CAR   and the world premieres of   TAKE A LETTER   and   GRAVITY + GRACE  .  She 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 .  Adrienne and Frank Ferraro, longtime collaborators, are currently developing a new, multi-disciplinary performance art experience entitled   IN THE COMPANY OF GHOSTS  , slated for world premiere at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA - September 22-24, 2017   www.imdb.com/name/nm0917606/

Award-winning performer/producer, Adrienne Wehr is a force in independent filmmaking outside of the traditional Hollywood mold. She and Melissa Martin produced the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning indie feature THE BREAD, MY SWEET (aka: A Wedding for Bella) which remains in worldwide distribution. Adrienne, Martin, and Tammy Tsai of Bad Lady Flicks, are teamed-up on the multi award-winning web series DOG BYTES: https://www.youtube.com/user/dogbytestheseries  The series has garnered both international as well as domestic acclaim and was named as one of the “Best Web Series of 2015” at Cannes 2016.

For more than a decade, Adrienne 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. 

Adrienne 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 its global distribution. She has been a consultant/lecturer on independent filmmaking, an art director/production designer/wardrobe stylist for film, commercials, and interactive media. She served as the lead film/media grant panelist for the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative; has been a guest teaching artist for Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers; a cross-disciplinary arts educator for the Carnegie Museum of Art and at-risk communities; creative writing and arts educator at The American School in Switzerland; art/director and producer for HBM/Creamer; production manager, writer and graphic designer for Gateway Studios; acting coach and professional illustrator.

She performed in and produced live theatre productions for La MaMa ETC in New York City and was the founding producer/host of the long-lived theatrical cabaret The Dark Night Series for City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. She was Chairperson for the Pittsburgh Film and Media Alliance, a longtime board member and national convention delegate for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Councilor for Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), and is also a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). She serves as a member of the performance company, as well as on the Board of Advisors, at Off the Wall Productions of The Carnegie Stage. 

In 2015 she was a keynote speaker for the Women and Girls’ Foundation inaugural Crossroads conference; the recipient of Women in Film and Media’s distinguished Opal Award in 2011, for Excellence in the field of Film/Media;  has been named in the past by the Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette as one of the Fifty Finest as well as among Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Forces; among 40 Under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine; and has performed in numerous award-winning independent films and commercial campaigns. Recently she was nominated for BEST FEMALE ACTOR honors at Rio Webfest in Rio De Janeiro for DOG BYTES.

Adrienne’s performance credits include film, stage, TV, radio, web, print, in addition to serving 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, PROGRESSION, THE UMBRELLA MAN, EXTERIOR; NIGHT among numerous others. She is a principal cast member of THE IMMACULATE RECEPTION, a film by Charlotte Glynn which premiered at Sundance 2014. 

Theatre credits include: THE MERCY SEAT, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, WITHOUT RUTH, INKY, CHICKS WITH DICKS, BECKY’S NEW CAR and the world premieres of TAKE A LETTER and GRAVITY + GRACE.

She 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.

Adrienne and Frank Ferraro, longtime collaborators, are currently developing a new, multi-disciplinary performance art experience entitled IN THE COMPANY OF GHOSTS, slated for world premiere at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA - September 22-24, 2017

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