Tracy Cameron Francís
Director and Interdisciplinary Artist
“Director Tracy Cameron Francis choreographs the sport onstage most sensitively: there is a lyricism in the movement that matches O’Neill’s witty, poetic language. Ballet powered by brute force fills the space when a game explodes onstage…When a story like this is told with wit and candor, it touches us on so many levels. ” (The Oregonian, (HURL)”
“This story is told mainly through dance and movement on an essentially bare stage with minimal dialogue. It is a work of Art, a painting, a tabloid that moves, undulates, weaves into your conscious and sub-conscious. And so the work must be experienced visually, through one’s senses, to fully absorb the impact.” (dennissparkreviews)
“Holy Land is a play that definitely needs to be seen, simply to illustrate a conflict that attracts precious little theatrical expression in front of Western audiences. On stage, in translation at HERE, director Tracy Cameron Francis manages to extract bracing, compelling performances from material that is often impermeable in its absurdity, but brutal and unflinching in its delivery.” (Culture Bot, Holy Land)
“Director Tracy Francis Cameron meets these challenges head-on, smartly unpacking Genet’s complicated ideas about repression and struggle while also fearlessly tweaking the play for a modern audience.” ( The Edge)
“Tracy Cameron Francis directs a production that pushes the revolution far beyond the boundaries of space and time, throwing it into a surreal fog of claustrophobic chaos and misapprehended memory.” (Culture Bot, Comedy of Sorrows)
RECENT AND UPCOMING DIRECTING WORK:
Atlantic Theatre Company: Middle Eastern MixFest: An evening of staged readings of newly commissioned work by Heather Raffo, Younis Ali, and Melis Aker. August 13, 2018, NYC
Corrib Theatre: Hurl: by Charlie O’Niell Tradition, desire and bodies collide when an Irish team made up of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers is formed and compete in the very traditional and ancient Irish sport of hurling. Led by an alcoholic priest and a washed-up trainer, the team battles discrimination and bureaucratic barriers to make its way to the All-Ireland finals. With humor, wit and energy, Hurl explores what it means to be Irish in the 21st Century. Oct 5- 28th 2018, Portland, OR
New American Voices Fall Reading Series: Twice, Thrice, Frice, by Fouad Teymor Three Arab-American women are forced to reevaluate their faith and deeply held beliefs when a crisis threatens to destroy their bond of friendship.These modern Muslim women must draw on their individual inner sources of strength when deeper secrets emerge in this timely new play. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at 8pm, Queens Theatre, NYC.
The Culture Projects: Women Center Stage Festival, Director’s Weekend: “The Stars Fall Upside Down” A showing of a work-in-progress new devised movement work on displacement. October 20-21 2018,Teatro Sea, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC
Theatre Vertigo: A Dark Sky Full of Stars by Dan Zolidis A play about a young man, Brandon, who is always in and out of trouble. Until he is shot in the back by a member of his community. Through the perspectives of his family, friends, and girlfriend we learn the circumstances of a young American man’s life and how seemingly unrelated events culminate in cutting it short. A cast of 6 diverse women bring to life the story of what we do when someone is lost violently and unexpectedly. April 2018.