• producer of fun and unconventional theatrical experiences

  • MISSION & CORE VALUES

    Mission

    The reason we exist and for whom

    Frances Black Projects exists to create fun and unconventional theatrical experiences produced with a personal touch. We primarily encourage, nurture and produce theatrical artists who are playing in the world of comedy, clown and commedia dell'arte and who are committed to bringing audiences and communities together through laughter and fun at the theatre. We also produce theatrical events that bring people together to celebrate shared interests. We believe love, laughter and offline human connection can heal the world, one heart and one experience at a time.

    Core Values

     Our fundamental beliefs that guide all business operations

    FUN

    A small word with big impact. Accessing joy and vulnerability in audiences is core to Frances Black Projects mission, therefore we believe that if the artistic and planning process is fun, the end result will exude feelings of joy and sounds of laughter. Everything we create at Frances Black Projects puts fun central in the audiences experience.

    ACTIVITY 

    Frances Black Projects values making work by putting to use what we have available to us and being resourceful. Too many talented theatre makers are sitting quiet on the sidelines waiting to have more money, more time and more people. We celebrate what we do have, seek partnerships and get on with making things happen. 

    INCLUSION

    There is room for everyone who wants to have fun and make a difference at Frances Black Projects. We believe a lot of theatre excludes people by being a tad pretentious in the content that is on stage and the overall theatre going experience. We aim to keep ticket prices as low as economically possible and value highly accessible spaces. We include our audience and artists needs in our planning and ambitions. The content of the work on stage is silly, sweet and universal and not meant to exclude people but rather bring people together in a shared experience. 

    BEAUTY

    At Frances Black Projects we believe one of the great values of leaving your home and going out to the theatre or an event is to appreciate beauty in the world in all its forms. We work to produce plays and events that uplift people  and encourage a sense of wonder and renewed appreciation for the many beautiful things in the world. 

  • PROJECTS

    producing plays, creating events and consulting since 2009 

    Annual Canada Day Party in NYC

    July 1 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 PH-D, Chelsea

    CREATOR & EVENT PLANNER

    US Manager of Aitor Basauri, Master Clown and Teacher of Spymonkey Theatre Company (UK)

    2015-2018

    Commedia dell'Artichoke 

    December, February & April 2015/2016, Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Chelsea, PRODUCER

     

    January/February 2016, Gene Frankel Theatre, Noho, PRODUCER

    Conceived by Frances Black, Carter Gill & Tommy Russell

    Directed by Devin Brain

    Created and performed by Carter Gill*, Alexandra Henrikson*, Tommy Russell* & Shannon Marie Sullivan*

    Music by Robert Cowie

    Commedia Consultant Christopher Bayes

    Choreography by Frank Ventura

    Playwriting Consultant Matt Moses

    Set Design by Katherine Akiko Day

    Costume Design by Lisa Loen

    Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama

    • Associate Produced by Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21)

    The Most Beautiful Thing in the World 

    Spring 2015, Cloud City, Williamsburg, PRODUCER

     

    written and performed by Gabriel Levey

     

    directed by Carter Gill

    designed by Paul Lieber

    co-created with Kate Tarker

    • originally produced at Yale Cabaret
    • subsidized rehearsal space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

     

    Manifest Destiny 

    Winter 2015, IRT Theater, West Village, PRODUCER

     

    created by Aitor Basauri (Spy Monkey), Lucas Caleb Rooney & Zack Fine

     

    performed by Lucas Caleb Rooney* and Zack Fine*

    directed by Aitor Basauri

    choreography by Caroline Fermin

    puppets by Annie Worden

    lighting design by Melissa Mizell

    stage manager Natalie King

    production coordinator Christopher Tramantana

    • produced in part by Kori Rushton and the IRT 3B Development Series (www.irttheater.org)
    • subsidized rehearsal space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Standards under the Stars

    Fall 2014, aboard the Mariner III, Hudson River

    PRODUCER

     

    Megan Loughran, vocalist

     

    Zak Sandler, music direction & piano

    James Polsky, drums

    Joe Cohn, guitar

    Todd Grunder, bass

    3 with 1 Productions, lighting and sound 

    • Co-produced with Manhattan by Sail & Captain Sean Kennedy, Mariner III

    Becoming Liv Ullmann

    Spring 2013, Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Chelsea

    PRODUCER

     

    written and performed by Crystal Finn

     

    directed by Danny Mefford

    featuring Zack Fine

    Walled In

    Fall 2011, IRT Theatre, West Village

    PRODUCER

     

    written and performed by Zack Fine

     

    directed by Diana Buirski

    created in collaboration with Christopher Tramantana

     

    set design by Katherine Akiko Day

    costume design by Luke Aaron Brown

    original music & sound design by Daniel Kluger

    lighting design by Melissa Mizell

    stage managed by Patricia Lynn

    production manager/technical director Justin Elie

    • developed with generous support from SPACE at Ryder Farm
    • produced with support from Kori Rushton and the IRT 3B Development Series 

    A Life in the Theatre

    Fall 2010, Broadway

    CO-PRODUCER

     

    by David Mamet
    directed by Neil Pepe

     

    set design by Santo Laquasto
    costume design by Laura Bauer
    ighting design by Ken Posner

    Even Maybe Tammy (Or, A Cockamamie Bucket of Ruckus)

    Spring 2009, The Flea Theater, Tribeca

    PRODUCER

     

    conceived and directed by Christopher Bayes

     

    written by Christopher Bayes and The Company
    music by Alex Knox with Barret O'Brien
    lyrics by Christopher Bayes and The Company

    The Company: Eric Bryant, Laura Esposito, Carter Gill, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Alex Knox, Teresa Avia Lim, Christopher McFarland, Barret O'Brien, Luke Robertson, Erica Sullivan, Alex Teicheira

  • ABOUT FRANCES

    Frances Anne Black

    Founder & Producer

    Frances has a passion for bringing people together off line to share in memorable experiences. Frances as been the lead producer of seven original plays off-off broadway, co-produced one show on Broadway and thrown a massive Canada Day party in NYC for 6 years. A Toronto native, Frances attended University of Kings College in Halifax (Hons. B.A) and Yale University (M.F.A Theatre Management). Frances has consulted in fundraising for the Theatre Development Fund, served as the Director of Programs at A.R.T./New York from 2009-2014 and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Ice Theatre of New York. Previously Frances was the Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale Cabaret. She loves to figure skate, play tennis, travel, throw parties and watch funny shows and movies. Frances resides in New York City with her husband Matt and daughter Bridget.

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  • PATRONS

    All productions are generously supported by individuals who care deeply about making theatre. THANK YOU!

     

    FOUNDING PATRONS CIRCLE

    Leo & Brigitte Addimando

    James Alexander
    Katrina Allen

    Cassie Black

    Kelly Black

    Kristina M. Cox

    Nick Demarest

    Rebecca Epstein

    Shelagh & Max Gundy

    Katherine Heberling

    Michael Higgins

    Michalann Hobson

    Maggie Lind

    Amy Matthews

    Sharon Matthews

    Adam & Sabrina Peterson

    Laura & Jason Schwalbe

    Alyssa Simmons

    David Stark & Rachel Singer

    Jennifer Singer

    Jason Strauss

    Marguerite & Richard Strauss

    Matthew Strauss

    Anne Trites

    Ian Weiss

     

    COMMEDIA DELL'ARTICHOKE SPONSORS

     

    Leo & Brigitte Addimando

    Cassie Black

    Kelly Black

    Madeline Brickman

    Evian

    Scott & Aileen Gregoire

    Shelagh & Max Gundy

    Michael Higgins

    Michalann Hobson

    JTS Fund - New York Community Trust

    Tula & Rodney Larmand

    Eric Leeds

    Maggie Lind

    Thomas Marshall

    Sharon Matthews

    Naked Underwear

    Peroni Beer

    Yvonne & Leslie Pollack Family Foundation

    Laura & Jason Schwalbe

    Catherine Scotto

    David Stark & Rachel Singer

    Jennifer Singer

    Jeremy Smith

    Jason Strauss

    Marguerite & Richard Strauss

    Matthew Strauss

    Anne Trites

    Phillipe Vasilescu

    Ian Weiss

    Mostafa Zafer

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