Francesca trained in acting and directing at the Queensland University of Technology, and furthered her studies at RADA (UK), and Shakespeare & Company (US). She was a 2017 recipient of the Sandra Bates Directors Award, a 2015 Globe International Actors Fellow (Shakespeare’s Globe, London), and a 2010 Churchill Fellow to investigate Shakespeare & Community Theatre in South Africa.
ACTING: Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River 2018 Critical Stages National Tour; Darwin Festival/Barking Gecko; In A Dark Dark Wood; Auckland Summer Shakespeare; As You Like It; International Actors Ensemble; The Comedy of Errors (Mexico, 2016). Sport For Jove Theatre Company; Winter Education seasons 2016-8, All's Well That Ends Well, A Doll's House, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano De Bergerac, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Macbeth. Barking Gecko: In A Dark Dark Wood. Old Fitz; Inner Voices, Kayak. Griffin/NORPA; Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River. Parramatta Riverside; Shellshock. Griffin Theatre Company; Girl in Tan Boots. Queensland Theatre Company; Away, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Female of the Species, The Crucible. On screen, Frankie has appeared in Packed to the Rafters, Home and Away, the internationally acclaimed webseries Starting From Now; Feature Films Burke and Wills and Marley, Someone, and a number of short films including The Beehive, Undeadicated and It's All About the Attitude. In 2014, Francesca was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in an Independent Production for All’s Well That Ends Well as well as for Best Actress in a Supporting role in an Independent Production for A Doll’s House. DIRECTING. SFJ: The Servant of Two Masters (co-director and adaptor) 2018 Winter Education Season – Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Assistant Director; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Othello Assistant Director, The Second Age Project (2013, 2014 & 2016) Co-writer/director; Ensemble: Wolf Lullaby Director, Taking Steps, Buyer and Cellar Assistant Director, Bell Shakespeare: Such Sweet Sorrow Director; QUT: Cymbeline Assistant Director. Ubom, South Africa: Romeo and Juliet co-director. Frankie is a proud member of Australian Actor’s Equity.)