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Interns and Young Professionals Program

FSC’s Interns and Young Professionals Program is integral to our mission. Each year at FSC, interns (aged 16 and up) benefit from the creative and collaborative experience that FSC offers, honing a variety of skills and taking on major responsibilities with commitment and diligence. Working side by side with professionals, FSC’s interns have the opportunity to learn skills, make connections, and hear from those working in the industry every day. It is a testament to the mutual appreciation of this shared adventure that these talented young people return summer after summer to help make FSC’s season a reality!

FSC's Interns and Young Professionals Program is funded by generous support from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, The Morgan McReynolds Foundation, The Unadilla Community Foundation, The Otis Thompson Foundation and the Anna L. Mabey Foundation.

2024 Interns and Young Professionals

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Kassandra Joy

Kassy (Stage Manager) (She/They) graduated in from Manhattanville College with her B.A. in Theatre, and works as a stage manager, actress, director, writer, and teaching artist. Some production credits include: Production Stage Manager for Fences, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and Inherit The Wind at the RedHouse Arts Center and Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! At Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. Stage Manager for Fertile Grounds with Civic Ensemble in Ithaca, NY. Kassandra Joy was awarded the 2023 Charlie Blackwell scholarship to attend the Broadway Stage Management Symposium in NYC, and is a proud member of the Black Artist Collective in Syracuse, NY.


 Alyssa Perillo

Alyssa (Assistant Stage Manager) studied Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She is currently the Assistant Director of Cue and Curtain Drama Club at Unatego Central School. Alyssa is very excited to return to FSC this summer after an internship in 2023. She would like to thank her mom and her mentor, Sandra Bonczkowski, for their endless support.

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Oskar Isaksson Stahler

Oskar (Intern) is  an aspiring actor and voiceover artist currently attending SUNY Oneonta as a theatre major. Oskar grew up near Franklin and his first exposure to theatre was attending a show at Franklin Stage as a child. Having the opportunity to help out over the summer is both a little surreal and a bit of a full circle moment! He is thrilled to be a part of the crew for the summer productions, both as a learning experience and to support local arts!


Sage Utter

Sage (Intern) will be a senior at Franklin Central School in the fall. They have been involved in FCS High School Drama Club since 2018 acting in various musicals and plays. Most recently, Sage wrote an original script for a musical revue entitled "I HATE MUSICALS!" for the FCS High School Drama Club. Sage has also worked as a voice actor on several cartoons including college short films and a few animated projects of their own. After high school, Sage would like to pursue a degree in the performing arts.

Words From Past Interns


“Working at FSC, you get to learn a little about everything, from working with the actors onstage to working with the tech crew behind the scenes. Everyone at FSC was so welcoming, and all are amazing teachers. With the experience I gained, I am able to problem-solve different tasks, and take what I learned and apply it to everyday life. I recommend this program to anyone who loves the arts and wants an amazing learning experience.”

– Hannah Baker, 2023

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“I would not be where I am today without my experiences at Franklin Stage Company. I am very proud of what I have accomplished at FSC, and grateful to FSC for creating a space for young people to learn and grow. Theatre is a medium in which we can learn about other people and other experiences without evening knowing it. Theatre allows us to see the humanity in our neighbors, and helps us treat them like the humans they are. Franklin Stage Company is the place to be for young professionals looking to build their skill set.”

– Grant Crowson, 2021–2023

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“My summer at FSC was a great experience and a great opportunity to participate in theatre. The staff and performers were very welcoming and eager to teach me. The Franklin community is unique and wonderful, and I recommend this program to anyone looking to gain more experience in professional theatre.”

– Valerie Waters, 2018