New to the Chicago theatre scene, Francesca has recently relocated here from Bloomington, IN where she was director of North Theatre, a high school theatre program for the last 20 years. Her tenure with North primarily focused on plays that encouraged ensemble work often using the principles of Suzuki and Viewpoints, some favorite productions include: Machinal, Waiting for Lefty, Madwoman of Chaillot, and Cabaret.
Being a teacher, she did everything she could to keep up her own training including summer long workshops with SITI and the Neighborhood Playhouse and acting locally as much as a working mother of three can wrangle from a tight schedule. Bloomington has a vibrant theatre scene of which she was very much a participant including regional credits with Cardinal Stage Company’s all female cast of Merchant of Venice as well as Love, Loss and What I Wore. She was also active in the new play scene working with Bloomington Playwrights Project, where she had debuting principal roles in plays that have gone on to great success on the regional theatre scene (Sans Merci, Three Views of the Same Object and Home). An aspiring writer of very short stories, she is enjoying generating stories worthy of the fantastic story-telling scene in Chicago. Her children now grown, Francesca is happy to have to time to focus on and nurture her own career in theatre.