Francesca holds degrees in Theatre and Acting from QUT and furthered her training in Shakespeare at RADA (UK) and Shakespeare & Company (US). In 2015 she received a Globe International Actor’s Fellowship to train at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Frankie has pursued directing alongside her acting career since graduating from acting school. Experience includes co-adapting and directing The Servant of Two Masters for Sport for Jove, assistant directing Sport for Jove’s 10 year anniversary production of Shakespeare’s history cycle Rose Riot, and assistant directing on Othello, The Crucible, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, TheTempest and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She directed Such Sweet Sorrow for Bell Shakespeare’s Actors’ at Work, and A Midsummer Night’s Dreamfor the QUT Acting program. Frankie was co-writer and director for Sport For Jove’s youth theatre program The Second Age Project (2013, 2014 & 2016) as part of their summer outdoor season. A 2010 Churchill Fellow, Frankie travelled to Grahamstown, South Africa to co-direct Romeo and Juliet for Ubom Theatre Company, and toured the production nationally to school festivals.
In 2017 Francesca was awarded the Sandra Bates Director’s Award and undertook an internship at the Ensemble Theatre assistant directing on productions of Buyer and Cellar and Taking Steps. During this time she also directed of a staged reading of Wolf Lullaby.
As an actor Frankie has worked for Sport for Jove, Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Theatre Company, Griffin, Parramatta Riverside and Old Fitz, as well as making screen appearances in Starting from Now, Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters and numerous short films. Frankie is a proud member of Equity.