Franklin Theatre Works
Maeve Pambianchi Jay Kawarsky
Franklin Theatre Works - Ensemble Theatre of NJ
Franklin Theatre Works is a non-profit program open to the public inviting all children; ages 8 through high school students in greater Hunterdon County areas including areas of Pennsylvania. Executive Director Maeve Pambianchi says that one of her goals is to help children develop an ease of performance both on and off the stage, improving personal skills, self-confidence and obtaining a deeper understanding of others. She explains, “I find a joy in watching children develop and expand "...opening night ...the magic is intoxicating". Begin with children if you want to make an impact on the world.”
In 2009 The Ensemble Theatre of New Jersey, a performance arm of FTW was formed as the student population aged and adult community members sought to participate in the performance opportunities. This arm performs more mature and demanding material. The Ensemble is made up of all age actors , children , teens and adults.
FTWETNJ holds performances on the stages of North Hunterdon High School, Clinton Township Middle School and Franklin Township School in Quakertown, NJ.
Ms. Pambianchi has won awards for her contributions to the youth of Hunterdon County and performing arts in general. She worked professionally as an actor, singer and dancer, and was a long-time student of Obie Award and Drama Desk winning director and acting teacher Gene Frankel, who was one of the earliest members of the Actors' Studio. She lived and worked in Paris for six years, and upon retuning to America founded the Lambertville Cultural Center. After working off-Broadway and touring with regional theatre companies she settled in Hunterdon County and founded Franklin Theatre Works.
Since founding the group in 2004, Ms. Pambianchi has directed hundreds of students
in over 45 full-scale dramas, comedies and musicals. Past productions have included Peter Pan, Little Women, Treasure Island, Oliver!, Hamlet, Scrooge, the Musical!, The Emperor's New Clothes, Homer's Odyssey and Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and most recently Sweeney Todd , Cinderella, Wizard of Oz and The Secret Garden.