Soprano | Actor | Violinist
Francesca (she/her) is a versatile performer with professional stage experience and classical training in voice and violin. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is currently based in New York City, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in Social Work at Columbia University.
As an actor, Francesca made her professional debut at age 9 at the Guthrie Theater. Most recently, she starred in Jiehae Park's peerless at Theater Mu and as Christine in a sold-out run of The Phantom of the Opera at Stanford University. As a classical soprano, she has been awarded 1st place at various regional vocal competitions in Minnesota and California and sang the title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe at Stanford.
As a violinist, Francesca served as concertmaster of both the Stanford Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras. She can be heard on an episode of NPR's From the Top with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.
A devoted advocate of diversity in the arts, Francesca served on the board of the Stanford Asian American Theater Project, which was founded in 1978 by David Henry Hwang.
Francesca frequently collaborates with her older sister/best friend/role model, Isabella (www.isabelladawis.com).
peerless at Theater Mu, 2020
“The Dawis sisters are whip-smart as the twins. They have a strong mastery of the dialogue, mesmerizing both the characters in the show and the audience.” -StarTribune
"M & L are played by real-life, Minneapolis-born sisters Francesca and Isabella Dawis. They’re diabolically perfect in the roles[.]" -MinnPost
"Actual sisters (but not twins) Francesca and Isabella Dawis play the twins, M and L, respectively. Both actors bring comedic chops and the ability to convey guileless raw ambition to their dazzling performances. Their natural rapport and ability to flawlessly finish each other's lines adds greatly to their characterizations." -Talkin' Broadway
"Francesca and Isabella work flawlessly together. Their overlapping dialogue and physical familiarity with one another cement M and L’s relationship as the emotional center of the piece." -Minnesota Playlist