Michelle DeFranco teaches high school English, Playwriting, and Advanced Theater arts at Hostos Lincoln Academy in the Bronx. She re-established a theater program at Hostos in 2007-2008 and directs the annual spring school play.
So far, she has directed full length productions of “Raisin in the Sun” and “Twelve Angry Men” at Pregones Theater, in the Bronx.
Ms. DeFranco is a key contributor to the REAL DEAL curriculum writing team. Her activities and insights have vastly contributed to its value as an innovative teaching tool. Her experience of writing and teaching from the REAL DEAL curriculum continues to impact her teaching today.
“Because of its versatility and quality, I continue to use the Scenarios USA curricula as a basis to develop lesson plans and units in my theater arts, playwriting, and English classes. I’ve used its structure to build units in playwriting, helping students to come up with their own “real deal” scenarios. The curricula helps build literacy through innovative writing, critical thinking, and theater activities.”