Frances Limoncelli Biography
Frances Limoncelli is a theatre professional with nineteen years of experience, mostly in the greater Chicago area. Chicago area acting credits include Catherine in The House of Martin Guerre and Margaret Jarvis in Cry the Beloved Country at Goodman Theatre, Sophie in Master Class at Northlight Theatre, Cordelia in Falsettos at Appletree Theatre, Mrs. Schubert in Shear Madness at the Blackstone Theatre, Maria in Lend Me A Tenor at Theatre at the Center, Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense III at the Ivanhoe Theatre, as a principle in Fairytales at Bailywick, Rose Marie and Some Enchanted Evening for Light Opera Works; and Cabaret, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Black Patent Leather Shoes at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Frances reprised her role in Master Class in four other cities, including at the Royal Alexandra in Toronto featuring Tony award winner Elizabeth Ashley. As an artistic ensemble member of Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre, she played Hetty in Pistols For Two, Jancis in Precious Bane for Lifeline’s MainStage series, Jane in Lifeline’s production of Pride and Prejudice starring Kate Burton for Chicago Theatres on the Air, and the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, Chester the cat in Bunnicula, and as the title role in Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for Lifeline’s KidSeries. In Vermont at the Weston Playhouse she has played some of her favorite roles, including Mary in Merrily We Roll Along, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Carrie in Carousel, Fraulien Kost in Cabaret and Mrs. Montgomery in The Heiress.
Frances graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in theatre performance and an emphasis in directing. Directing credits include Simple Jim And His Four Fabulous Friends, The Story Of Ferdinand, Miss Bianca, Half Magic, Cooking with Lard and the new musical Queen Lucia at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre, where she is an artistic ensemble member, as well as NYC Loves VT a benefit concert at New World Stages in New York’s theatre district, The Memory of Water for Backstage Theatre Company in Chicago, and Click, Clack, Moo at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont.
As an adaptor/writer she created The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and Arnie the Doughnut with composer/lyricist George Howe for Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries. For Lifeline’s MainStage, she adapted Mrs. Caliban based on the award-winning novel by Rachel Ingalls (Non Equity Joseph Jefferson Nomination; New Adaptation), as well as the critically acclaimed and popular Dorothy L. Sayers series: Whose Body?, Strong Poison (Non Equity Joseph Jefferson Award; New Adaptation), Gaudy Night (Non Equity Joseph Jefferson Award; New Adaptation), and Busman’s Honeymoon (Non Equity Joseph Jefferson Nomination; New Adaptation). She has written and directed numerous cabaret reviews at The Weston Playhouse in Vermont with her longtime collaborator, composer/lyricist George Howe.
When not doing theatre she works as a commercial actress and voice-over talent.