Meet the team: Francesca / by Felix Mortimer

My name is Francesca and I am the Projects Producer for RIFT

My primary role is producing the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival. The Festival reconnects the Shoreditch that the young playwright worked in with its 21st centurary counterpart. Shoreditch has an incredibly rich cultural history and yet most people only think of the area for its flat whites. We work with writers and enourage them to be inspired by Shakespeare's universal stories to see how they are relevant to Shoreditch today. Last years Festival saw 10 plays being performed in 10 venues across Hoxton with 100s of people coming to films, talks and workshops over the course of 10 days. This year's Festival promises be even more exciting....

After studying English at University I was worked as a freelance director and performer, primarily with devising companies. I was involved in lots of residencies and at one point I was running workshops for the NHS. I gradually fell in to producing as I always wanted to see the bigger picture and be involved the creative process from the very start. Between projects I used to run away and volunteer on farms to get muddy and listen to episodes of Desert Island Discs. I accidentally moved to London when I started working with RIFT but the more time I spend here the more I like it.