cfrancis blackchild

Acting and Directing

Ph.D. - University of Missouri, Theatre
MA - University of Missouri, English with a concentration in African Diaspora Studies
MFA - University of Texas at Austin, Playwriting
BA - Wesleyan University, Theatre Studies

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.

Phone: (305) 284-6910