Francesca (Frankie) Browne is an Auckland based actress and improviser. She worked in Massive Theatre Company’s emerging artist programme, The Nui Ensemble since 2016, performing in a number of their showings as well as their emerging artist show in 2019.
In 2018, she performed in her first touring show for Duffy Theatre, performing 260 shows in primary schools all around New Zealand, finding her love of children’s theatre and clowning. She has been performing as a part of Auckland based improv troupe Improverished since 2016 and now directs and devises show formats for the group, including for Auckland Fringe Festival 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively. Last year, she worked with leading children’s theatre company Tim Bray as an interning director, understudy and performer for the show Greedy Cat. Last Year she Played Romeo for the USC 2021 tour, directed her first show in the International Comedy Festival, toured once again with Duffy Theatre for term 4 of Duffy in Bubble Trouble, worked as a writer for ShoreSide Theatre Company and directed her second show! She is so very excited to come back and work with USC again as she loves the Kaupapa and message that Ugly Shakespeare promotes.