A teacher once told Franny that she was "just a little whinny, but one day you will grow into a beautiful mare." Franny never knew from horses, but she took it as a compliment and started planning for "one day."
By her tenth birthday Franny had lived in Ohio, Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but she always knew she was destined for New York. She moved to Brooklyn after earning a BFA in Acting from University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, more popularly known as "CCM."
Franny is an actress with a passion for the collaborative process, which has led her in many unusual and exciting directions since her move to NYC. After training with Anne Bogart and The SITI Co, she found herself creating original theatre pieces and traveling the country with Storahtelling, a Ritual Theatre company that creates original work rooted in Jewish tradition and mythology, where she served as Associate Artistic Director from 2002-2007. During this time she co-created, directed, and performed in over 40 original pieces of ritual theatre that have been performed throughout the country, from Atlanta to Alaska.
In New York, Franny has also worked with The Culture Project, HB Playwrights Theatre, MultiStages Theatre, Shalimar Productions, Manhattan Theatre Source, Triple Play Productions, Looking for Lilith, The Harbor Theatre, The Impact Theatre, The Samuel French New Play Festival and CenterStage NY. Regionally, Franny has appeared at The Human Race Theatre (OH), The Phoenix Theatre (IN), Northwoods Theare Company (WI) and The Ko Festival (MA).
Recent favorite roles include Dina/Leah, the lead role in the inaugural production of Marcia Jean Kurtz's Between Two Worlds at HB Playwrights Theatre, the title role in Brecht's The Jewish Wife at Northwoods Theatre Company, and The Cobbler's Wife in Lisa Dillman's The Curse of the Horned Babby as part of Estrogenius 2008 at Manhattan Theatre Source.
Franny is also proud to be the director of composer/arranger/vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb's song-cycle Mayim Rabim/Great Waters recipient of a 2007 BRICLab Residency at BRICstudio. She has also collaborated and performed with Adelantre, a Sephardic-influenced musical ensemble led by Katie Down and performance-artist Stephanie Skaff.
Franny still doesn't know from horses, but she suspects that after all these years, "one day" has finally arrived.