Fran Charnas has worked professionally as a producer, director, choreographer, writer, and teacher. For over thirty years at the Boston Conservatory Charnas has served in a variety of capacities and now teaches sophomore, senior, and graduate musical theater along with advising and directing each year's extensive suite of original M.F.A. capstone cabaret performances.
Charnas designed the musical theater course sequence for the conservatory, directed and produced the original New York Musical Theater Showcases, and continued as producer for the 2016 first-ever conservatory webcase. She created an ongoing business-of-theater program for graduating seniors by tapping her extensive industry contacts to bring in prominent New York casting directors, agents, musical directors, etc. along with successful working conservatory alumni for a series of challenging workshops and panel discussions. Every autumn Charnas produces a Theater Alumni Report.
Her award-winning musical, The All Night Strut! has played scores of venues from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo, performed with the Boston Pops and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and was nationally broadcast on PBS-TV. The All Night Strut! is represented by Musical Theatre International. She has completed a sequel, In the Groove, and is co-author/director of Sheboppin', a coming of age`60s musical that premiered at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. She is currently working on a holiday version of The All Night Strut! and on a new musical based on the life of the legendary singer and actress, Ethel Waters.
Among her conservatory credits, Charnas has conceived and directed Too Marvelous for Words: The Magic of Johnny Mercer, and directed productions of Cabaret, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, and The Club, as well as creating 12 musicals/revues and assisting 41 original new works in collaboration with her students.
Charnas earned her B.F.A. from Ohio University and her master's degree from Emerson College, with early training at the Cleveland Playhouse.