Actor / Director / Filmmaker


Francisco is an award winning filmmaker and actor who most notably wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed, first ever stage adaptation of DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Theatre Row Theatres). He's also known for his leading role in the two-act drama, SINS OF THE MOTHER (developed w/ Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Bobby Cannavale, and Michael Stuhlbarg). Francisco has acted in and directed many productions with prolific companies such as 303 Theater (in Chongqing, China), The Flea Theatre, 59E59, INTAR, The New Ohio, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, HERE Arts, Florida Stage, EST, Orlando Shakes, Stella Adler Theater, Art of Acting Studio in LA and many others. He has led the Barefoot Theatre Company as Founder/Producing Artistic Director for the past 18 years as well as co-founding the sister co., Barefoot Studio Pictures (recipient of several awards). Proud member of The Actors Studio's Playwright/Directors Unit, Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Francisco currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and Hollywood, CA.

SELECT FILM: Cyclone (Austin Chang), Lesson #9 (w/ Olga Merediz), The Riverside Bench (Austin Chang, Dir.); Lesson # 1 (w/ Shirley Rumierk; Alberto Ferreras, Director); Leash (Jennifer Derwingson, director), Love Simple (HBO Latino Film Festival), Between Something & Nothing (Berlin Film Festival), with Barefoot Studio Pictures, THE GIRL WITH THE JACKET written and directed by Caitlin FitzGerald, award winning FLOATING SUNFLOWERS (also dir.) w/ Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen & Christopher Whalen. Most recently wrote and directed A NORTHERN STAR starring Lynn Cohen, Mateo Solorzano and the Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble (Best Short Film at Barcelona International Film Fest; Best Screenplay Semi-Finalist at Hollyshorts Film Festival).  Currently developing the short film, CONSENT as screenwriter (Finalist/Semi-Finalist Screenplay competition: HollyShorts Film Festival, LA Cinefest, Reel Erotic Film Festival).


Training: Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, HB Studio, LAByrinth Theater Company; Advanced On-Camera Classes with Risa Bramon Garcia; Lyle Kessler's Acting Masterclass; Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC).  BFA in Acting: CUNY - Recipient of the Brooklyn College Department of Theater Alumnus of the Year Award.

2010 - present

2010 - present

FILM (select)

STREET TO TABLE                     Marcos       Joe Lazenby - Director

THE RIVERSIDE BENCH             Frank         Austin Chang - Director

LESSON #1                                   Dude         Alberto Ferreras - Director

LEASH                                          James       Jennifer Derwingson - Director


A NORTHERN STAR                    Writer / Director / Dave - Barefoot Studio Pictures


THE GIRL WITH THE JACKET    Robber    Caitlin FitzGerald – Elephant's Child; Barefoot Studio Pictures

FLOATING SUNFLOWERS          Henry      Francisco Solorzano – Barefoot Studio Pictures

SAVE FACE                                  Ortiz        Austin Chang – 9Five Creative Productions

DUMPWATER DIVAS                   Jesus      John Lordon - Lieberman Morgan Productions

LOVE SIMPLE                              Adam      Mark von Sternberg – Cubicle Warrior Productions

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