Francesca Montanile is Philadelphia-based educator and artist who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She graduated from Brown University in 2011 where she studied Theatre and Literary Arts and completed an MFA in Devised Performance at The University of the Arts/Pig Iron School in 2016. She works at the intersection of performance, education, and play. Most of her artistic work centers women’s experiences and perspectives while investigating a wide range of themes, like mental illness, reality tv, adolescence, sexuality, and climate change. In 2012, she worked with SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) in partnership with Trinity Rep, to devise an ensemble piece using participants’ writing about their experiences with domestic violence called Behind Closed Doors, for which she was awarded a Victim’s Rights Award & a Justice Award. She has co-devised, performed, and/or directed many new theatrical works, such as AntiGravity Theatre Project’s Nellie/Nellie (2014), Butter & Serve’s Slaughter/ette (2015), The Hopefuls (2015-2016), Fourth Quarter (2016), and Dear Diary LOL (2017). She has served as a teaching artist with Savvy Theatre Works, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence Children’s Museum, AntiGravity Theatre Project, BuildaBridge International, University of the Arts, Brown/RISD CoLAB, and Taller Puertorriqueño. She is grateful to be a part of Girls Leadership and work with such an amazing team of educators.