Fran de Leon

Adjunct Lecturer

Fran de Leon


Fran de Leon is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. LA Native, de Leon is an actor, writer, director and motivational speaker born in Downtown Los Angeles, and raised in Hollywood and Manila. Her one person show, Faces of America, toured to over 500 venues across 49 states, including keynote performances for the United Nations Associations, California and New York. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Will & Company, Director of New Talent for Playfair, an ensemble member of Critical Mass Performance Group, and serves on the Advisory Board of Fil-Am Arts.

In the fall of 2020, de Leon was able to pivot into the the online world with Playfair Online, presented to over 300 campuses in the U.S. and Canada, over 100 of which she did herself from her dining room table. Continuing to respond to the need for social connection in a physically distanced world, de Leon has partnered with Matt Weinstein for a corporate version of Playfair Online, and also co-founded Lit Game Nights, a production company focused on creating interactive online shows for the college market.

de Leon’s work is currently featured on Center Theater Group’s Digital Stage with her video short Valor, a documentary short of her research and process in writing a play about the Filipino-American veterans of World War II.

Also in 2020, de Leon’s directed The Fantastic Kim Sisters for East West Players, initially a live performance which then transformed to an audio production. In 2019, she was the Assistant Director for the critically acclaimed production of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap at the Pasadena Playhouse. As a performer, her last venture was  A Jordan Downs Illumination, an immersive, devised theatre piece in a co-production for Cornerstone Theater and CMPG.

Other companies with whom she has worked include: South Coast Rep, Playmakers’ Rep, Artists at Play, Playwrights’ Arena and the Garry Marshall Theater. Additional writer/director credits include commissioned work for Segerstrom Center’s Arts Teach, TreePeople, and Twelfth Night Rep.

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