Francesca starred opposite her sister Isabella as twins M and L in peerless at Theater Mu!

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January 31 - February 16, 2020.


"High school seniors and Asian American twins M and L will do whatever it takes to get into “The College.” When the affirmative action spot is given to D, a classmate who is 1/16th Native American, the sisters will stop at nothing to take back what is rightfully theirs. A dark comedy about the very ambitious and the cut-throat world of high school during college admissions."



Francesca is a versatile performer with professional stage experience and classical training in voice and violin. She recently graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is currently based in New York City, where she works full-time at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

At Stanford, Francesca appeared as Christine in a sold-out run of The Phantom of the Opera presented by Stanford Light Opera Company. As a classical soprano, she has been awarded 1st place at various regional vocal competitions in Minnesota and California. As a musical theatre performer, she has worked with acclaimed Broadway music directors Ted Sperling and Rob Fisher and has appeared in various professional theatre productions in Minnesota. As a violinist, Francesca has 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 her with older sister/best friend/role model, Isabella ( They are both currently based in NYC.

"Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again"
from The Phantom of the Opera
Stanford Light Opera Company
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 2018
"Flight" by Craig Carnelia
with Jacqueline Emerson and Paul Gregg
Stanford Senior Arts Gala at Bing Concert Hall, 2017
"We Kiss in a Shadow / I Have Dreamed"
from The King and I
with Preston Lim and Paul Gregg
Stanford Asian American Awards Ceremony, 2017
"Willow Song"
from The Ballad of Baby Doe
Bing Concert Hall, 2017
featured in Stanford Live's video:
"Stanford Live celebrates five years of distinguished performances"
"Glitter and be Gay"
from Candide
MN State Fair Grandstand, 2015
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
with Isabella Dawis
from The Dawis Sisters
debut album, 2015



Francesca Dawis

Production still from ONCE
Sondheim Master Class
"A Very Asian Xmas"
"Ching Chong Chinaman"
"Glitter and be Gay"

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Sondheim Master Class

Ted Sperling (left) coaches Francesca Stanford University, 2015 © Stanford Live