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Franny Kromminga is an AEA actor, currently located in Santa Fe, NM. In addition to acting, she is also a fine art painter under her own name and under the business brand Emblem Ephemera. Though performing is her primary specialty, she also has experience as a theatrical designer and backstage technician.
Recently, she and her partner (Tom Cilluffo, an opera singer) have played a game they like to call “follow the contract,” which has led to living and working in Santa Fe, NM; Denver, CO; and Portland, OR in addition to their home state of Michigan.
Franny attended Adrian College (Adrian, MI) from 2012-2016, receiving her B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance. During that time, she was inducted into and elected president of the theatre honorary fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi (Michigan Zeta chapter); her one-act play, “Cackling Hens,” was produced by Theta Alpha Phi in 2015, winning their playwriting competition. Throughout her education, she won a total of six departmental awards for a mix of categories including acting and lighting design. In addition, she received four KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominations, and she was a finalist in the scenic design competition at the Region 3 KCACTF in 2016. Franny spent all four years as a work study employee in the theatre scene shop, and completed a special independent study course focused on scenic painting. Significant roles include: Diana, Diana of Dobson’s; Reno, Anything Goes; Jacques, As You Like It; Marta, Company; Martha, The Children’s Hour; Desdemona, Othello; Margaret, The Light in the Piazza. She graduated cum laude after presenting her senior capstone recital, “Frantasia.”
During her college summers, Franny stayed in Adrian to work and perform at The Croswell Opera House, the oldest continually operating theatre in Michigan. Her first two summers she worked on paint crew for the college—repainting dorms, classrooms, and fire hydrants—while attending Croswell rehearsals and performances at nights and on weekends. The following two summers she earned a Properties Design internship with the Croswell in addition to roles on their stage. Significant roles include: Janet, The Drowsy Chaperone; Florinda, Into The Woods; Mermaid, Big Fish.
Post-graduation, Franny went on to be the acting/box office intern for Meadow Brook Theatre. While there, she performed in two shows, understudied six (with one notable put-in), and worked backstage for two—in addition to light hang and set strike for the entire season. It was the beginning of a fruitful relationship with Meadow Brook, who have since hired her to return in roles onstage and off. Notable roles include: Bridget, Nana’s Naughty Knickers & Nana Does Vegas; Fred’s Wife, A Christmas Carol; Brittney, Mom’s Gift.
After completing her internship, Franny began to seek opportunity in new places. She taught Musical Theatre techniques at Cranbrook Theatre School, and began to fulfill private painting commissions in her preferred mediums of oil and watercolor, specializing in portraiture. In Portland, she expanded her educational outreach experience with two regional tours aimed at students: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Revolutionary Revue. She performed in El Grande de Coca-Cola at Lakewood Theatre, and in Mamma Mia! at The Broadway Rose Theatre, while designing properties for Staged! Productions and for Enlightened Theatrics in Salem, OR. She also appeared multiple times in the Pacific northwest area with Pinups on Tour, as a host and singer.
Toward the end of 2019, Franny was cast as the lead in a Michigan-centric film, Pirates of the North Coast, and afterwards transitioned to Denver, where she was in the midst of audition season when the COVID-19 pandemic pressed pause on upcoming work. She and her partner chose to return to Michigan for the duration, and she pivoted to boosting her fine art business, offering commissions as well as original work. She did continue to perform, including an industrial shoot in Grand Rapids and two virtual concerts.
Franny is thrilled that live performance is finally returning, and while she’s enjoyed taking the time to slow down and focus on other creative pursuits, she’s absolutely ready for whatever show is next. Luckily, she has one upcoming contract already: stay tuned for more details!
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