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Francesca Montanile Lyons earned her Masters in Devised Performance from the University of the Arts/Pig Iron School in 2016. She graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.

Francesca is now a teaching artist, performer, and director in Philadelphia. Her teaching artistry ranges from dramatic story times for infants and their caregivers to adjunct teaching at Temple University, with plenty in between: visiting elementary school classrooms for the Arden Theater, bilingual arts and literacy classes with the Barnes Foundation & Puentes a las Artes, and relationship/emotional skill-building workshops with Girls Leadership.

She is Co-Artistic Director of Antigravity Performance Project, a tristate devising company. With Antigravity, she conceived of and directed Dear Diary LOL, a play made with the words of real-life diaries of teenage girls in the late 90s/early 2000s. Dear Diary LOL premiered at the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and went on to have two runs at the New Ohio in NYC in 2018. Other credits include directing All 100 Fires by Donna Oblongata (2019), Fourth Quarter (2018), and Rough & Tumble (2018), as well as performing/co-creating The Hopefuls 2016 (2016), Slaughter/ette (2015), and Nellie/Nellie (2014).