Brian Francoise is an actor, director and community engagement specialist. He has performed, directed, or taught at The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Everyman Theatre and Center Stage. He served as an Open Society Institute — Baltimore, Community Fellow, where he led an intergenerational group of residents to devise a play about his neighborhood called Covenants, A Theatrical Collage about Northwood. For this project, Brian was awarded the Baltimore Mayor’s Individual Artist Award as well as the Ruby’s Artist Project Grant funded by Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. He is Co-founder of Theatre Action Group, a community performance company whose theatre projects intersect with activism, popular education, and community building. Brian has led several youth theatre projects in DC, Baltimore and NYC. He teaches theatre courses to incarcerated individuals in the Goucher Prison Education Partnership. Mr. Francoise is the Director of a UMBC community-university partnership in South Baltimore called Lakeland Community and STEAM Center.