For Aislinn Frantz, theater is about community. From a young age, Frantz has been immersed in the performing arts and has seen firsthand the ability of the stage to bring people of all walks of life together.
Frantz currently serves as an associate producer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford. As associate producer she oversees and produces events at the theater including artistic residencies, the National Directors Fellowship, and collaborative efforts with other organizations.
Becoming full time, permanent, staff at the O’Neill in the executive department as a ServeHereCT fellow has been a dream come true for Frantz. But as a recent transplant to the area, finding community has taken work.
“ServeHere has connected me to other young people in the area, and we’ve been able to share our triumphs and struggles with getting more involved locally, which has been really helpful,” said Frantz. “It’s been great to meet local leaders who can give concrete examples of how to become more involved in their organizations or local government.”
Primarily, Frantz is involved in helping playwrights and other creative artists develop new work through the O’Neill’s various conferences.
“In this position, I am able to identify strengths, build our team, and make sure that artists have time and space and resources to create great things,” said Frantz.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Theatre Arts, Frantz spent several years working for regional theaters across the country including Portland Stage Company in Maine and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in California.