My Story

Francesca Ferrari is a gritty and electric rock star and actress based out of New York City. She grew up in Los Gatos, California listening to Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Greatest Hits. After finding her voice in the church choir, Francesca quickly realized her passion was for performing, so she followed her dreams to the East Coast.

She performed at The St. Louis MUNY (@themuny) in Les Miserables, while studying Shakespeare at London Academy of Dramatic Arts (@lamdadrama). She graduated from The Boston Conservatory of Music (@bostonconservatory) with a Bachelor of Fine Art’s.In New York City, Francesca found her footing in the downtown theater scene, particularly at The People's Improv Theater (@thepitnyc) where she was seen in The Disembodied Hand… Musical and Blatantly Blaine. Francesca’s work has been seen at cabaret venues all around New York, including 54 Below (@54below), The Green Room 42 (@thegreenroom42), and The Bitter End (@thebitterendnyc) and she is described as the sound of a “Goddamn Trumpet.

In 2018, Francesca joined the powerhouse cast of A Night With Janis Joplin (@anightwithjanis) at North Carolina Theatre (@nctheatre) and The Ivoryton Playhouse (@ivorytonplayhouse) where she received a nomination for BroadwayWorld Regional Awards. Of her performance, Broadway World of Raleigh said, "On opening night, Francesca Ferrari (who alternates playing the lead role with Paige McNamara) stepped into Joplin's shoes, channeling her energy, spirit, and big voice sans any cartoonish impersonation or mimicry that would've diminished the richness of the production. Ferrari's rendition of Me and Bobby McGee literally stopped the show with a standing ovation midway through Act II.”

Overall as an artist, Francesca self-describes her point of view as raw, if not a bit reckless, and very, very real!


Francesca is playing Pattie in Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Engeman Theater, opening on September 18th.

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"Ferrari's rendition of Me and Bobby McGee literally stopped the show with a standing ovation midway through Act II"
— Lauren van Hemert, Broadwayworld
"Ferrari certainly brings an awesome vocal talent to Joplin's hits and she truly takes off in the second half, with her performances of such songs "I'm Gonna Rock My Way to Heaven" and "Mercedes Benz" being absolutely stellar and bringing the audience to its feet. It is safe to say that, if you get to see Ferrari as Janis Joplin, she delivers the goods."
— Zander opper, talkinBroadway
"There are other moments that qualify NC Theatre’s production of A Night with Janis Joplin as something of a musical séance, at least when Francesca Ferrari is at the helm as the title character. Ferrari captures Joplin’s conviction and her crazy, reckless grin in the soul-baring monologues that stitch together the musical supplications of “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” and “Try.”...Ferrari conveys the intensity and bedrock blues verities of one of the all-time great women of rock."
— Byron woods, indywire


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