Episode 850

FM #850 - Raye Lynn Mercer - 38 Years At 38 Main - 09/14/22

Published on: 29th September, 2022

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Raye Lynn Mercer, founder and Director of the Franklin School for Performing Arts. We recorded this in the Franklin Public Radio Studio on Hutchinson St Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022.  

Starting their 38th year at 38 Main St in downtown Franklin, Raye Lynn shares the development of the Franklin School for Performing Arts (FSPA), and organic expansion over the years to include the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), getting their own performance home with THE BLACK BOX, the development of the equity actors agreement, and the current season of performances that was just announced.

We cover a lot of ground in about 35 minutes but there are more stories to come so let’s listen to my conversation with Raye Lynn Mercer.


Relevant links for the organic growth from the origin point at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts

Franklin School for the Performing Arts  https://www.fspaonline.com/ 

Franklin Performing Arts Company https://www.fpaconline.com/ 

THE BLACK BOX   https://www.theblackboxonline.com/ 

Intermission   https://www.intermissioncafeonline.com/ 

Ballet Franklin   https://balletfranklin.com/ 


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I volunteer as the Community Information Director for Franklin, MA (USA)*. I have been provide accurate and timely information about what matters in Franklin since 2007. Currently working in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Radio (wfpr.fm) since October 2019.

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