Francesca is a British-Chilean Director and Theatre-maker. She trained on the MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, and holds a first class degree in Politics and Sociology from York University. She held Resident Director and Resident Assistant Director positions at Oxford Playhouse and Leeds Playhouse, and currently works as a freelance Director and Playwright. She was recently featured in The Stage 100 List for her work as founder of the Exchange Project, a peer-to-peer industry mentorship initiative established during the first lockdown. She also works for Artistic Directors of the Future, an organisation dedicated to increasing diverse representation at leadership level in the creative industries.
What motivated you to join the Oxford School of Drama Board of Trustees?
The creative industries are going through a necessary period of evolution, and drama schools play a keen part in that transformation. I am looking forward to contributing to this and ensuring that Oxford School of Drama leads by example, so that the next generation of OSD graduates can continue to push the industry forward in excellence, representation, and inclusion.
What would you like to contribute or achieve as part of your role?
As a director and theatre-maker, I bring real-time experience of the industry. With this, I feel I can help support OSD with best practice via compassionate and inclusive leadership, with a view to a future that is sustainable and progressive.