BROOKLYN COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF THEATER

 

Francine Zerfas
Adjunct Lecturer, Catherine Fitzmaurice Voice Technique

 

MFA, Creative Writing, New School University
BFA, Drama, New York University

Francine Zerfas is a teacher, actress and writer. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice and Speech at Brooklyn College’s BFA and MFA Acting Programs. She is also the Head of Voice and Speech for New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, as well as teaches voice at Atlantic Theater’s Acting Conservatory. She has been a voice instructor at Caymichael Patten Studio in New York City, Classic Stage Company, The Hangar Summer Theater in Ithaca New York and at Harvard’s Summer Theater Program. Ms Zerfas has conducted vocal workshops at the Centro em Movimento in Lisbon, Portugal and at the International School for Film and Television in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a vocal coach for Sean Foley in the Broadway production of The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh, the actress Sami Gayle in Beth Henley’s Family Week, directed by Jonathan Demme at Manhattan Class Company, Natalia Payne in Edward Albee’s Me, Myself and I at Playwrights Horizons Theater and Stanley created by Lisa and Todd D’Amour for HERE Arts Center, an Off Off Broadway Theater, as well as various productions at Atlantic Theater Conservatory and Brooklyn College.

She is a co-founder of The Tiny Mythic Theater Company in New York City, where she was both an actor and writer for the company, and has worked as an actor in various regional and Off-Off Broadway theaters. In addition to numerous roles for Tiny Mythic, some past performances include leading roles in Apocrypha by Travis Preston at the Cucaracha Theater, Two Small Bodies directed by Royston Coppenger at the Harold Clurman Theater, The Eagle Has Two Heads at the Ohio Theater in Soho and Democracy in America at the Yale Repertory Theater and Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Zerfas has appeared in several independent films and video art works, including Irony, In Shadow Cityand The Smallest Particle by Ken Feingold, The Madness of the Day by Terrance Grace, and Revolution by Jeff Kahn. As writer, she has collaborated with both The Private Theater and The Tiny Mythic Theater creating original works. Her full-length play Advice for a Traveling Salesman was produced in New York City in 1987.

Ms. Zerfas has trained extensively in ballet and modern dance, and performed in Minneapolis, MN for various independent choreographers and dance companies. She is the founder of the Penrose Mothers' Artist Colony in East Hampton, New York, an artist’s residency where mothers can work while accompanied by their children.

Ms. Zerfas holds a BFA from New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts, and MFA from the New School University. She is a master teacher of Chuck Jones’ Vocal Production and is a Certified Associate Teacher of Catherine Fitzmaurice’s Voicework®. She is currently writing The Cardboard Guy and The Contents Of A Box — both personal narratives.