ND Class of '95
Francis Kelly is an actor, director, producer and acting coach. After graduating from Notre Dame, Francis completed the Actor Training Program at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. While a member of their acting company, he appeared as Jack in their record breaking runs of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and originated the roles of the White Rabbit and the Dormouse in their World Premiere of Wonderland, Brian B. Crowe’s psychological investigation of Lewis Carroll and his stories.
Since that time, Francis joined Actors' Equity Association and founded a theater company with colleagues in New York City called AnyMinuteNow Productions, which produced two major concerts at Lincoln Center; numerous cabarets showcasing the work of musical theatre writers (including fellow ND Alum Ryan Cunningham); and finally, a full production of the new musical SMOKING BLOOMBERG as part of the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival (which received the Festival's Audience Award and Honorable Mention for Best Book).
After teaching a master class at CAP21 (Musical Theatre Conservatory), Francis was asked to join the faculty of their Summer Intensive Musical Theatre Training Program, teaching auditioning techniques to groups of college age students of varying skill levels. He later joined the faculty of the undergraduate program, and assisted CAP21's graduating seniors with their transition out of the conservatory, specifically helping them polish audition skills and foster industry relationships.
Francis’s New York credits include playing “Mayor Bloomberg” (and various other characters) in the NYMF Audience Award-winning production of Smoking Bloomberg; “Burrs” in Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party at Columbia Stages, and the dual role of “Old Major” and “Benjamin the donkey” in the Drama Desk nominated New York premiere of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.