Raye Lynn Mercer
A graduate of Middlebury College, Raye Lynn Mercer attended the Vienna International Music Center in Vienna, Austria. A pianist, director, producer, and choreographer, she is the founder and director of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts. Her school's student resumes include placement in top college and conservatory arts programs, numerous Broadway shows, national tours, feature films, T.V., regional theater, the American Idol finals, cruise ships, professional opera, ballet, and more. Combining profession and hobby, Raye Lynn has directed Symphony of Horses productions across the country. President and Artistic Director of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), Raye Lynn is the visionary behind the development of THE BLACK BOX, an innovative performance and event venue. With FPAC, she has directed Broadway stars, Equity professionals, amateur actors, and students in 28 seasons of productions since 1991. Electric Youth was preceded by a large musical theater chorus from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and concert trips to Vienna in 1998 and 2000. Under Raye Lynn’s direction in 2003, a smaller, sleeker ensemble adopted the name Electric Youth and went abroad with a fully choreographed show of popular hits and show tunes under her direction.