Frankie Kraft is an actor, writer, director, and filmmaker originally from New York City. He started performing off-Broadway until he moved to Los Angeles at age 10 with his family. He grew up in performing arts schools and lived in the San Fernando Valley. Frankie moved back to Manhattan to attend Circle in the Square Theatre School to study musical theatre. After his training, Frankie pursued theatre as an actor. During that time, he created an original musical with his younger sister, Sammi. They named the musical, "Funeral: A Musical" with book by Frankie and lyrics/music by Sammi. After a year of writing, Sammi and Frankie rehearsed a workshop of the musical for friends and family in 2012. The musical is a semi-autobiographical story of a teenage boy struggling in his last year of high school with the death of a close family member. Sammi wrote over 13 original songs about death, grief, and the afterlife. The entire process was documented on film. Less than 10 months after the workshop performance, Sammi passed away in a car accident. The tragedy brought Frankie back home to LA where he continues to pursue acting and creating original content live and online. In 2013, Frankie and his older brother created a production company, Sammi Girl Productions. Frankie produced and directed a 12-episode documentary web series titled, "What I Became: The Story of Funeral: A Musical", about the journey of the musical and the loss of Sammi.
In 2015, Frankie created BGB Equality which is a collective of LGBTQ+ artists who are working to change the perspective of the industry. It brings together LGBTQ+ actors and industry professionals to create new material, discuss their experiences in the business, where they can collaborate and where they can lead.
Frankie was profiled in June 2016 for BGB Studio's blog. Read it HERE.