cfrancis C blackchild

Lecturer

Phone:
(305) 284-6910
Locator Code:
4820

 
About

cfrancis blackchild/Carlia Francis, lecturer in acting and directing, directs, performs, teaches, and writes for and about theatre. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri on acceptance of her dissertation, Preparing Birds to Fly: Lloyd Richards and the Actor. cfrancis also holds an MA in English with a concentration in African Diaspora Studies from the University of Missouri, an MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Theatre Studies from Wesleyan University.  

In addition to directing and acting, cfrancis’s practice includes Theatre for Social Change and working with interactive theatre ensembles in various capacities. Her scholarship extends her interest in the social function of theatre and examines how African-American practitioners use their craft to expand the understanding of African-American identities.

cfrancis’s analysis of Alice Childress’s response to the Black Arts Movement, “Signifying in the Wilderness,” was published in Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Her research in theatre practice and pedagogy examines how teachers and practitioners approach a variety of problems in the craft. “Anne Battered,” which analyzes the underlining similarity between different approaches to playing Lady Anne in Richard III, will be published in Theatre History Studies.  Preparing Birds to Fly: Lloyd Richards and the Actor, uses interviews with Richards’s former actors and students to investigate his approach to acting pedagogy and directing.

cfrancis is a member of SAG-AFTRA. Before accepting a position at the University of Miami, cfrancis previously taught acting, directing, and playwriting as the Heanon Wilkins Fellow in Theatre and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Career

Education

2013Ph.D. Theatre University of Missouri
2012 English with a concentration in African Diaspora Studies University of Missouri
1997MFA Playwriting University of Texas at Austin

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Acting | Directing | Playwriting | Applied Theatre | African American Theatre History

Professional Experience

2014 - Theater Generalist in Performance, Applied Theatre, University of Miami
2012 - 2013Visiting Professor, Miami University
2006 - 2012Graduate Instructor, University of Missouri

Honors & Acknowledgements

The Laurel Awards, Division of Student Affairs, University of Miami
Excellence in Civic Engagement Faculty Award, University of Miami
Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow, Department of Theatre Miami University
George Washington Carver Fellowship, University of Missouri
Texas State University San Marcos Pre-doctoral Summer Fellowship
Missouri University Difficult Dialogue Faculty Fellow, University of Missouri
Center for the Arts and Humanities Grant, University of Missouri
Participant, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, St. Petersburg, FL
Finalist, Best of the Fest, FronteraFest, Austin, TX
James A. Michener Postgraduate Fellowship in Playwriting, University of Texas at Austin

Conferences & Events

2017
Educating Through Theatre Activism: TO Troupes on College Campuses | Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference (PTO)
2016
Playing Guitars: Four Actors Reflection on Developing Seven Guitars | An August Occasion: A National Conference on the Life and Legacy of August Wilson
2016
Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s Sweat: Making the Sisterhood Audible | Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
2014
Re-Thinking Richard III’s Lady Anne: Emotional Lability and Behavioral Aberrance in a War Survivor | Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC)
2013
Performance and Discussion: Exploring Facilitation Models for Nutrition 101 | Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference (PTO)
2008
Have You Ever Thought About the Possibility. . .?: The Lloyd Richards Process | Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
2008
How Come I Don’t Feel Beautiful When You Talk to Me | Mid-America Theatre Conference
2007
Alice Childress—Pillar of the Protest Tradition | Black Theatre Network Conference (BTN)
2007
The Past Was Now: Wedding Band and the Aesthetics of Protest | Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
2003
Culture, Continuity, and Change in Selected Plays of August Wilson | Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

Memberships

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Research

Research Projects

Lloyd Richards, African-American Theatre Director
cfrancis blackchild’s research on famed director Lloyd Richards, Preparing Birds to Fly: Lloyd Richards and the Actor, uses interviews with Richards’s former actors and students to investigate his approach to acting pedagogy and directing.
Applied Theatre/ Theatre in Action

cfrancis is the founder and creative director of Theatre in Action, an Applied Theatre troupe based in the University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts. Founded in 2015, the troupe uses Forum Theatre techniques to stimulate community dialogue around sensitive issues as a means of fostering cultural and social change. Performances are designed to take place in both traditional and non-traditional performance spaces. They are interactive and audience members are invited to problem solve the issues presented as an opportunity to “rehearse for life”.


cfrancis is the recipient of The Laurel Award and an Excellence in Civic Engagement Award for service to the university and greater community from the University of Miami for her work with Theatre in Action.

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English

 

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Areas of Expertise

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