Tracy Cameron Francis is a first-generation Egyptian-American theatre and film director with a focus on socially conscious work. She also works as a producer, deviser, dramaturge and educator. Francis has a strong interest in new international work and sees it as an important way to build understanding between cultures and countries. Francis has directed and developed new plays from Syria, Uganda, Egypt, Chile,Uruguay, Nigeria, Japan, Iraq, Algeria, Pakistan, France and Finland.
As a freelance director Tracy’s work has been seen in New York at HERE Arts Center, NY International Fringe Festival, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, NY Arab Comedy Festival, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Lyceum, LaMama Culture Hub, PEN World Voices Festival, and others. Internationally at the Falaki Theatre (Egypt), Ubumuntu Festival (Rwanda) and LaMama Umbria ( Italy) and regionally with Boom Arts (Portland,OR) , Teatro Milagro (Portland, OR) and Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA). She has assisted directors Josh Fox, Sam Gold, Tamara Fisch and Gia Forakis.
Francis has developed new work through staged readings and workshops at New York Theatre Workshop,O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference, Red Bull Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Corrib Theatre, the Lark, Negro Ensemble Co, Monarch Theatre, T.B.A. Festival and others.
As a deviser and choreographer of new work Cameron has created original performances for Bushwick Open Studios Performance Art Showcase, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, the W Hotel, Alwan Center for the Arts, JAW at Portland Center Stage, Queens Arts Council, and Hybrid Theatre Works.
She creates short film and experimental videos, and has worked in television as a shadow director for Dan Minahan on the HBO series “True Blood” and as an in intern for Saturday Night Live. She currently serves as the Festival Director of the Cascade Festival of African Film which is the longest running African film festival in the U.S. and includes a series of new African play readings.
As an educator Tracy has served as a teaching artist for recent immigrants at the International Center in New York, and has guest directed at Fordham University and NYU’s Strasberg institute. Currently she works as a playwriting coach, and deviser with incarcerated and refugee populations.
Francis has spoken on panels at the Arts in One World Conference (Brown University), Theatre In Conflict Zones Conference (LaMama), Cultural Diplomacy and Global Performance Convening (Georgetown University) “Re-Orient Forum” Golden Thread Productions.
She was named as a 2017 Theatre Communications Group Rising Leader of Color. She is also a recipient of a TCG Global Connections Grant which supported a trip to Beirut, Lebanon to work on a script with Syrian playwright Mohammad Al-Attar. Francis is a core member of Theatre Without Borders where she has helped organize two international theatre conferences at LaMama . She was the co-founder and artistic of Hybrid Theatre Works in New York which focused on international collaboration and social justice. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University in Middle Eastern Studies and Theatre, is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and an associate member of SDC. She is currently bi-coastal splitting her time between Brooklyn, New York and the Pacific Northwest.