There are people in history who have reached extraordinary heights in order to change the world for the better. Franklin Haven Sargent, founder of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, lived a life of remarkable impact. At a young age, the seeds of Sargent’s passion for the arts and education were being planted. His father was a Harvard graduate who served from the heart as a progressive Unitarian minister. His mother balanced the spiritual with the intellectual. She was the founder of Boston’s Radical Club of Chestnut Street, a highly notable literary society that met weekly in their home with authors like Longfellow, Emerson and Whittier. These exposures brought to light within Sargent a personal understanding of the power of storytelling. By his early teens, his desire was firmly set to challenge society’s conventions and see the world differently.
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