FRANCESCA VAN HORNE
Writer, Performer, Producer
Francesca was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri spending much of her formative years in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This South American upbringing along with dancing ballet and flamenco from a young age, coupled with the influence from her father’s close friend, Carlos Fuentes, all added to her passion for storytelling. Francesca received her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at The University of Miami. After graduating, overwhelmed by the hotbed of cinematic activity existing in the Midwest she bought a one way ticket to New York City to pursue her lifelong dream. She’s the daughter of Latin American historian and author Richard J. Walter and Spanish teacher Vincenza Bellone.
Francesca attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, HB Studio, and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. She’s a member of SAG/AFTRA and NYWIFT.
Francesca lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. She’s fluent in Spanish speaks conversational French, is a certified yoga instructor, and witch.
JAMES PHILLIP GATES
James is both a freelance director and the Artistic Director of Roust Theatre Company.
He originally trained as a classical actor at the prestigious Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England, founded by Sir Laurence Olivier in the 1940s. Actor training was the genesis of a deeper creative drive; an urgency to expand his vision beyond a specific character was the propulsion into directing. Credits include Brecht's THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MASTER RACE, hailed by the New York Times as “Vivid, clever and spare, preserving the spirit of Brecht's complex moral and social vision, James Phillip Gates directs with an eye to simplicity”, Jose Rivera's CLOUD TECTONICS, Lee Blessing's TWO ROOMS and Shakespeare's MACBETH: “You'll probably never find a sexier, more violent production - a breathtaking, intermissionless, 110-minute experience.” - Drama Desk.
He is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and The Actors Studio Writers & Directors Program.
Margaux was born in Angouleme, a small town in the Southwest of France and moved to the French capital in 2013 to become the zAssistant Manager of a prestigious 4* hotel where she met Francesca van Horne. Extremely passionate about the Arts and Communications, she assisted Francesca in realizing her long-term dream to perform TALES FROM THE TRUNDLE in Paris.
Now based in London for the past two years and currently working in the events industry, Margaux has additionally helped to extend the project to theatrical stages in that city. Throughout their international friendship and collaboration between New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London, Margaux has been the main point of contact for Francesca’s projects in Europe.
She is fluent in French and English. She is also a workaholic and spends her free time traveling the world as much as she can.