Lucia Frangione is an internationally produced, award-winning playwright and actor residing in Vancouver.
She has had twenty-eight plays produced, including In a Blue Moon (Arts Club Theatre/Western Canada Theatre/Thousand Islands Playhouse) and Off Leash (Fugue Theatre), and she has just participated in writing the collective creation Big Bad with Boca del Lupo. Frangione also wrote Maid for a Musket (St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Etienne (a podplay, Richmond Gateway and Neworld Theatre), Leave of Absence (Pacific Theatre, ACTivist Theatre), FRESCO (Bellaluna, VICC), Paradise Garden (Arts Club), Holy Mo (Pacific), Espresso (Pacific, Belfry, PTE, teatr Powszechny Warsaw), MMM (Ruby Slippers), Cariboo Magi (Lambs Players San Diego), Chickens, Christmas On The Air (Chemainus), and Wobbling Madonna (Solo Collective). Her new play, Diamond Willow, has music composed by John Mann (Spirit of the West) and has been commissioned by PTE, Winnipeg, and was developed at PTC’s playwrights’ colony in Vancouver. Frangione has two plays in development: Holy Mo! A Christmas Show for Pacific Theatre and an adaptation of The Thin Man for Vertigo Theatre.
She was the recipient of the 2006 and 1998 Gordon Armstrong Playwright Awards and won the Sydney Risk playwright award for Cariboo Magi in 2001. Espresso was nominated for seven Jessie Richardson Awards, toured Western Canada in 2004, and was translated into Polish and performed for a year at Teatr Jeleniogorski in 2007. Frangione has performed in her own plays to much acclaim, notably earning Jessie Award nominations for her leading performances in Holy Mo and Espresso and winning the CAEA Stage West National Acting Award in 2003. Her first film, Pop Switch, a short that received Kickstarter funding, was nominated for Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama in the 2010 Leo Awards.
She is published by Talonbooks and received training through Studio 58 and Rosebud School of the Arts. Frangione’s is a balanced, post-feminist voice on the lives of women in the post-modern world, boldly questioning the institutions of family, religion, and sexual iconography. Her accessible and entertaining plays persist in furthering an intelligent female voice in the theatre, utilizing satire as a tool for critical thought, and tackling complex themes with wit and courage. Frangione currently teaches an introduction to playwriting summer course at Langara College as well as two online, ten-month courses (introductory and advanced playwriting) through Rosebud School Of The Arts.
Frangione also works across Canada as a professional actor. Recent credits include: Vicki/Ms Baker/Lucia in In the Unlikely Event of War (Pi Theatre/Horseshoes & Hand Grenades); Estelle in No Exit (Electric Co/Virtual Stage/Theatre Calgary/WCTC/Buddies in Bad Times/ACT San Francisco); Myrtle in the Canadian premiere of Brief Encounter (Vancouver Playhouse/MTC); Pam in The Fully Monty (Persephone SK); and PG in NiX (ATP).