NEWS

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MAY 2017

FMK workshop

I had an absolutely incredible time participating in a 29-hour reading of James Presson's F*CK MARRY KILL with Less Than Rent Theatre this past weekend. The rehearsal process culminated in 3 intensely staged readings at Playwrights Horizons.

MAY 2017

NYU Comedy Pilots Reading

I just performed alongside 4 other NYU alums in a public reading of excerpts from 8 comedy pilots written by graduating NYU students. These pilots served as thesis projects for these BFA and MFA students in the Dramatic Writing program.

MAY 2017

INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL RELATIONS workshop

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a 16-hour workshop of Ken Urban's new play Inappropriate Sexual Relations, which culminated in a public staged reading of the show directed by Lee Sunday Evans. This workshop was in association with New Dramatists. 

APRIL 2017

Horror Short

I just completed a day of outdoor filming for a new horror short film being created and directed by Maria Wilson.

MARCH 2017

NIBBLER cast recording

We recorded and released our Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording (or an OOBCR if you'd prefer an awkwardly long acronym) of the song "When You Are A Person" from Nibbler. The song is available for free listening on Soundcloud or for downloading. Give us a listen and enjoy our grungy angsty teen finale song!

MARCH 2017

WONDERAMA recording

I had a blast filming with Wonderama this week! Not only did I get to spend the entire day filming science segments for an upcoming Earth Day Science Special, I also got to produce and write these segments as well.

PRESS FOR NIBBLER

“Rachel Franco makes a spirited debut as Tara, a Roman Catholic schoolgirl who falls into an affair with an older man.”

   -The New York Times

“The hungry-eyed and hungry-souled Tara (Rachel Franco, whose expressive face seems patently made for the stage) is longing for... well, something greater than what her suburban surroundings can bring her”

   -Huffington Post

"Newcomer Rachel Franco’s mesmerizing rainbow of a performance makes Tara the dynamic and moral center of the swirling story."

    -BlogCritics.org

"The sincerity and realism of Urban’s script is matched by all of six of the easy-on-the-eyes human characters, who are unilaterally fearless, passionate, and energetic with their roles. Like the titular character, you’ll want to sink your teeth into this one."

  -Huffington Post

FEBRUARY 2017

NIBBLER opening night

Nibbler had its official opening night Rattlestick Playwrights Theater on February 27th.

Check out BroadwayWorld's photo flash of the production, as well as their coverage of our opening night celebration.

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2017

NIBBLER

Off-Broadway premiere

I was absolutely honored to make my Off-Broadway debut with The Amoralists in the premiere of Ken Urban's Nibbler. The production ran February 23rd to March 18th at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. 

JANUARY 2017

WONDERAMA premiere

Wonderama premiered this past weekend! The premiere episode was a blast (be sure to check out my segment from the premiere on my MEDIA page), and I'm super excited about all the other exciting guests and performances coming up. I'll be appearing as the Cool Science Girl throughout the season. Check out a preview of the season ahead, and find out more at wonderamatv.com!

NOVEMBER 2016

NYU Short Film

I just wrapped filming on an upcoming student short film for NYU. Video to come soon!

JULY 2016

WONDERAMA filming

I've just wrapped filming for my television debut in the reimagining of the kids variety show Wonderama, coming this winter. I'll be hosting a totally awesome science segment!

JULY 2016

New York Film Academy Short Film

I just finished collaborating on an upcoming student film for the New York Film Academy which I'll be co-writing and starring in.

MAY 2016

NYU GRADUATE!

I just graduated from NYU where I spent two years studying acting, writing, directing, and devising at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, a year intensively training with verse and Shakespearean texts at The Classical Studio, and a semester learning on-camera acting skills at Stonestreet Studios. I also completed a two-week Beijing opera intensive at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China, paid for by NYU, as well an academic semester abroad in Paris, France.