Frances McGarry
Frances McGarry
Actress. Author. Advocate.
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“Fran McGarry and Eve Terry, perhaps unbeknownst to them, played a huge part in my path to my present career. Though I was just a schoolkid, they treated me like an artist; made me believe I had something unique to offer. They helped grow my confidence which I believe can take you anywhere you want to go. I am so grateful.”

Hi, I’m Frances McGarry.

Radiating with personality and charisma, I am a professional actress, author, arts advocate and theater educator with a PhD in Educational Theatre from NYU. Based in New York City, my passion for the arts fuels my mission to communicate important messages, shift cultural perspectives, and make a mark in the lives of students, audiences, and filmmakers around the world. Over the last decade, I’ve starred in TV, films, theatre, voiceovers, and national commercials, including my most recent co-star role in the Hallmark movie One Royal Holiday. In 2018, I launched First Online With Fran a podcast featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things in The Arts. Currently, I am working on a book as an extension of my commitment to the legacy of Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Festival and its Artistic Director, Sheri Goldhirsch.


First Online With Fran

The Arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation. Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent the decline of arts inclusion, the budgetary solution remains to be…

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Literacy Builders 2011 Summer Workshop

August 11, 2011Literacy Builders Start September Strong Summer Workshop SeriesAugust 1 – 4, 2011Hampton InnCommack, New YorkThe professional development summer institute explored approaches, teaching structures, and provided field tested mini…

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Dr. Nancy Swortzell

It is with great sadness to learn that Dr. Nancy Swortzell, mentor and co-founder of the NYU Program in Educational Theatre passed away July 31, 2011. She had a tremendous…

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