ACTOR - NYC
I was born in San Francisco and grew up in England in Winnie-the Pooh country on the Ashdown Forest (Milne’s 100 Acre Wood) in East Sussex. I graduated from The Drama Centre, London, in 1992 and now live in New York City with my husband, the director Stephen Wadsworth, and our daughter.
“The Empress” at Royal Shakespeare Company
2023 was all about being back in England. I spent seven months with the RSC performing Tanika Gupta’s beautiful play “The Empress”. We performed in Stratford on the Swan stage and spent a month in London at the Lyric Hammersmith. A special time.
"Faridany was magnificent in the title role of the Classic Stage Company’s 'Orlando.'”
"THERE are scripts that theater needs. 'Fräulein Else' is one of them. The play, adapted and translated by Francesca Faridany from a novella by Arthur Schnitzler, features a title role of daring wit, complexity and ferocity, wrapped in a rich Freudian texture that rewards a workout for the mind. For audiences who have tired of undemanding, uninvigorating balms for the brain cells, 'Else' offers an alternative.”
"Faridany has a Meryl Streep profile, and her acting ability, if this role is any indication.”
-The Star Ledger
"This production is at its best when it lets the two stars (Faridany and Mulgrew) strut their stuff.”
"The angular Ms Faridany brings a welcome sharpness to the part."
"Faridany voices Else’s interior monologue with an impressive, increasingly breathless pace.... It’s certainly an entertaining showcase for Faridany’s talent."
"Mr. Wadsworth's 'Don Juan' (is) spoken with sublime rhythm and palpable intensity by a heaven-sent ensemble...it is essential to attend this ineffable production."
Francesca Faridany on Playing a Woman Ahead of Her Time in “The Half-Life of Marie Curie”
I played the titular character in Lauren Gunderson’s “The Half-Life of Marie Curie,” the story of the pioneering scientist’s friendship with engineer Hertha Ayrton (Kate Mulgrew). Gaye Taylor Upchurch directed the Audible/Minetta Lane Theatre production.
Francesca Faridany In 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'
Listen to me discuss my role in The Curious Incident - speaking about education, performing out of period costume, and working with rats: