Inspiration and Levity with Actress Frances McGarry on The Jim Masters Show LIVE!

Jim Masters chats with actress, arts advocate and teacher, Frances McGarry. Watch the LIVE recorded episode here:

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Frances has been teaching theater and English for more than twenty-five years. In 1993, she was the recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) John C. Barner Theatre Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of a theatre program she authored and developed. In her search to select new plays for her Theatreworks program, Frances became acquainted with the Young Playwrights Festival in New York City which eventually became the subject of her doctoral dissertation in the Program of Educational Theater at New York University. McGarry has served as an adjunct professor in The Program of Educational Theatre at NYU and the Department of Theatre at CUNY/Brooklyn College. She has been a guest artist at SUNY Stony Brook and The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). In 2007 she was selected for the first AATE Theatre Leadership Institute. As The Creative Arts Team (CAT)/City University of New York NYC Wolf Trap/Early Learning through the Arts Program Director of Early Learning Through the Arts in collaboration with a team of Master Teaching Artists created The Tale of Tancho, a conflict resolution play on bullying for three and four-year-olds. As Director of Instruction and Education Consultant for Young Playwrights Inc. since 2007 she has presented the Write A Play! Curriculum at local, regional, and national conferences including New York City Arts in Education Roundtable Face to Face, New York State English Council, the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, American Association of Theater Educators/Association for Theater in Higher Education, North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators Teacher Training Institute, New York State Alliance for Arts Education Common Ground Conference, New York State Theatre Educators Association, Long Island Language Arts Council, BOCES Literacy & Learning Institute. For a comprehensive list of workshop presentations go to Professional Development. In addition to teaching, directing and voiceover work, acting credits include regional theatre and assorted roles in television, film, and commercials. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA & Actors Equity. Join us for this episode of The Jim Masters Show LIVE! Share this link with your friends! Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss any of our upcoming episodes and our surprise pop-up shows and more. You’ll be notified when a new episode is coming up! Please give this episode a thumbs up / like on our YouTube channel and drop a comment on the channel too! We’d love it. Enjoy!


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One Royal Holiday

Happy to share that I booked a co-star role in a Hallmark TV Movie One Royal Holiday that airs Saturday, October 31st at 8 PM! Mrs. Maitlin, a town character and the local busy body is funny, nosy and always saying something she should not. I know… it’s a stretch. I had so much fun working with an amazing cast and crew under the deft direction of Dustin Rikert.

Starring Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit , Krystal Joy Brown, Victoria Clark and Tom McGowan

Here are the future dates:

Sunday November 22 4:00 PM

Thursday November 26 8:00 AM

Monday December 7 10:00 PM

Saturday December 12 10:00 AM

Friday December 25 3:30 AM

A kind-hearted woman unknowingly invites the Queen and Prince of Galwick to spend Christmas snowed in at her little family Inn in Connecticut.

Watch a preview for the original Christmas movie “One Royal Holiday”
starring Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit

Got to work with Geraldine Leer as Diane!

Producer: Andrew Gernhard

Director: Dustin Rikert

Casting Director: LIz Lewis Casting Partners, Liz Lewis, CSA, Angela Mickey, CSA.

Represented by BMG


The live 10-play series from the award-winning international production company Ego Actus will run Tuesdays at 7PM/ET through December. There will be no performance on Election Day, November 3.

Gary Morgenstein’s drama Saving Stan, a love story about passion friendship and suicide, will kick off the new Survival is Insufficient Zoom Theater reading series on Tuesday, October 6 at 7PM.

In Saving Stan, Stan Nagel, a rich 60ish lawyer, suffers a stroke and can’t talk. His best friend Jack Sanders, a 60ish failed writer, somehow hears him and believes Stan is asking for help to commit suicide in exchange for getting his estate. The third character, 40-something lonely Patrice Doner, the live-in health care aide, grows suspicious of Jack’s intentions while falling in love with Stan, with whom only she can dance. Who will Save Stan?

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Directed by Joan Kane, the play stars Frances McGarry* as Patrice Doner, Carlo Fiorletta* as Stan Nagel and J. Dolan Byrnes* as Jack Sanders.

Gary Morgenstein (playwright) is the author of the funny new drama about racial harmony, A Black and White Cookie, directed by Joan Kane and produced by Ego Actus, which is scheduled to open at the Theater for the New City post-lockdown. His other works include A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx about a 1960s Bronx Jewish family’s search for the American Dream. Morgenstein is the author of six novels including the critically acclaimed dystopian sci-fi baseball book A Mound Over Hell, which has been hailed as “1984 Meets Shoeless Joe.” His new novel A Fastball for Freedom will be published in 2021.

Joan Kane (director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed Sycorax at HERE, Play Nice! at 59e59 theaters, I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Joan was named Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival and is in the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame. Joan has an MFA in Directing and MS in Museum Education. She is a member of NY Madness, the Dramatists Guild, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and New York Women in Film and Television. Please see and

Frances McGarry* (Patrice Doner) Ph.D. is an actor, arts advocate activist, theatre educator and podcast host of First Online With Fran featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the arts. She recently performed in a Zoom staged reading of A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx by Gary Morgenstein and was cast in a Hallmark TV movie that airs Christmas 2020. Member of LPTW & NYWIFT. Represented by BMG. Please see her sites and

Carlo Fiorletta * (Stan Nagel) is a Queens College CUNY graduate. Stage: Robert in Proof, Sal in Those the River Keeps, Kaplan in Bogosity.  Film: Detours an Action on Film Festival best film and Surviving Family both are on Amazon Prime and Tubi. TV: Multiple dramas and histories. Carlo is the President of GIAA and married to Mara Lesemann.

J. Dolan Byrnes* (Jack Sanders) is a New York based actor.  Recent credits: Charles Peters in Don’t Stand Up! streaming soon at the Hartford Fringe Festival, Harry Truman in Give ‘Em Hell Harry, Mark in Melting the ICE, and Nikolai in The Long Way Home.  He is two-time recipient of the Outstanding Actor Award from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity for his roles in what do you mean and When The Party’s Over. Dolan is a member of Articulate Theatre Company. 

Stark Wilz (stage directions reader) is a musician and singer/songwriter, as well as actor, poet and writer in New York City who hails from the Midwest and spent his youth acquiring culture and education in America and Europe. His music and political musings are widely available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, as well as a host of other platforms.

Ego Actus (production company) is Latin for “My Way.” Joan Kane and Bruce A! Kraemer created an independent theatre in company in 2009 dedicated to doing art for art’s sake. Joan directs, Bruce designs, and we both produce. We have done shows at 59e59 Theaters, Theatre Row, HERE, Theater for a New City, Urban Stages and in Edinburgh and Prague. We are affiliated with the League of Independent Theater and Fractured Atlas. We consider this series to be our 50th production. Please see

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Gary Morgenstein’s A TOMATO CAN’T GROW IN THE BRONX Will Have Online Reading As Part of Create Theatre’s Monday Night Reading Series

While waiting for the post-COVID 19 premiere of their new funny drama about racial harmony A Black and White Cookie, Playwright Gary Morgenstein and Director Joan Kane are teaming up to present an exclusive live online reading of Morgenstein’s A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx at’s Monday Night Reading Series on Monday, April 27 at 7PM/EST, 4PM/PST. Please RSVP at

Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is a dramedy about a blue-collar family overcoming emotional warfare as they try leaving their crumbling Bronx tenement to fulfill the dream of an idyllic suburban home where tomatoes can grow.

The Monday Night Reading Series is produced by Off-Broadway producer, director and dramaturg Cate Cammarata for It is dedicated to helping writers develop their work during the Covid-19 shutdown, and to creating an online theater community.

“Like my upcoming play A Black and White Cookie, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is an uplifting story of a dysfunctional family – forgive the redundancy – who overcome their fears and differences to find a way to come together. In these unsettling times, theater should light a path through the terror, through faith in ourselves and each other, aided by the timeless and approved treatment of laughter.”

Featured in the reading will be J. Dolan Byrnes*, Frances McGarry*, Devorah Brand Palladino, Nick Palladino, Chris Collins-Pisano* and Taylor Graves. Stage directions: Laura Varela. (*appears courtesy of AEA).

The 4th Annual NYWIFT New Works Lab Showcase

The New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) New Works Lab was formed to give writers helpful critiques for their full length screenplays, plays, shorts and web series. The 4th Annual New Works Lab Showcase will feature scenes from Chasing the Dream by Corrine Frances-Pijuan, Kill Switch by Jaclyn S. Powell and Koko and Friends: Born to Play- Destined to Win! by Denise West.

Kill Switch is the story of a well-liked, but self-absorbed and politically ambivalent Manhattan doctor who becomes sucked into the politics of money when he discovers he’s unwittingly the heart of a government conspiracy to control health care costs – and they’re playing for keeps. It’s a cautionary tale of what happens when we abdicate our civic duty to participate in the political process.

Presented and polished through NYWIFT’s New Works Lab, Kill Switch is one of NYWIFT’s annual showcase of screenplays crafted in its lab. The staged reading will be presented on October 30th at the Poets House 6 PM. 

Reception to follow. Admission is free.

The lead roles will be played by Joe Feldman-Barros, Dominique Nieves, Frances McGarry, Richard Jordan, Jillie Simon, Richard L. Smith and Susan Lynskey. Directed by Carol Dorn