Born in Downtown Los Angeles,
multi-hyphenate artist Fran de Leon is an
actor, writer, director, and educator, 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 Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California.
Most recently, Fran helmed Into the Woods for Pasadena Playhouse in a landmark partnership with Pasadena Unified involving 200+ student performers, pit musicians, stage crew, costume and set designers to work alongside industry professionals. Fran's work is also 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.
Other companies with whom she has worked include: the Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, East West Players, 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. TV credits include recurring roles on For All Mankind and For All the People, as well as guest stars on Criminal Minds, Speechless, and the upcoming Michelle Yeoh led Netflix series, The Brothers Sun.